A First For Me

My record coin count in one hunt is 77. I didn’t get 77 coins this time, but I did get 70. I went back to my honey hole this weekend, and had a fun hunt with a First for me! I was using the 4 inch Sniper coil again, and it did what it is designed to do, find small metal targets. This area I hunt is fairly trashy, and the sniper coil did a great job separating the targets.

Cross Pendant

Cross Pendant

I usually ignore gravel parking lots, but this day I decided to give it a shot and see what kind of targets might be hiding in the gravel. That’s where I found this Cross, about 1 inch down.

After finding several coins in the gravel I moved over to the side that I don’t hunt very often and checked out the grassy area. I had decent luck, finding several pieces of cheap jewelry here and there.

The Jewelry Finds

The Jewelry Finds

Since I was also finding a lot of clad everywhere, I was happy to find jewelry of any type really. An older gentleman stopped to talk to me, and shared that he used to metal detect. He said that he doesn’t detect anymore due to his health, but that he might again when he starts feeling better. He said, “At 92 years old it’s a little tougher to do than it was when I was a younger man.” I said, “Wow, you look pretty good for a 92 year old!” And, he did too! I can only hope I look that good at 92 if I even live that long! I showed him some of my finds, and he wished me luck and went on his way.

Just a few seconds later I heard a nice medium tone in my earphones, so I decided to dig it.

Possible Gold Earring

Possible Gold Earring

About 3 inches down, I found this beauty! It isn’t stamped, but it came out of the ground as pretty as can be. Is it gold? I don’t know yet, but it sure looks like it to me!

As I said, I was using the 4 inch sniper coil on my Fisher F2, and it does a great job at finding small targets. Some of the targets that it is able to find at over 4 inches deep are amazing to me.

Small Sniper Coil Finds

Small Sniper Coil Finds

This photo shows some of the smaller items that I found on this hunt. I couldn’t believe that it hit on a couple of these targets!

Soccer Guy Charm

Soccer Guy Charm

This little soccer guy was a neat find, even if it’s just junk!

Now, I want to share a little lesson with the metal detecting community. I keep reading on a popular metal detecting forum about numbers on the Fisher F2’s Target ID Screen, and about how if they jump more than two numbers that you can just ignore the target because it is just trash. WRONG!!! See my past article here and see why.

When a person becomes so caught up, it is hard to break out of bad habits. The sad part of that is when the person is telling everyone else on the forum that they should adopt his bad technique.

What is my point? Well, if you listen to a guy telling you that “If the target numbers jump more than two numbers you can avoid the target because it is trash.” Then, you are missing out on all kinds of good finds!

NO ONE knows what a target in the ground is before they dig it! They “assume” that they know, but you and I know what happens when you ASSuME!

I was working a grassy area and got a high tone signal that was jumpy. The numbers were like 88, 00, 89, 00, 72, 89. I raised my coil off the ground like some will tell you to do. Yep, still a good signal even with the coil 6 inches off the ground.

Now, they tell you to ignore that target, “It’s just an aluminum can and you can move on,” ‘they’ say. Another myth I have heard is that if the numbers are Double 00’s then it’s junk. Well, the numbers were jumpy, 89, 00, 88, 77, 00, 89 but something told me not to ignore the target this time.

So, I decided to dig it to see what it was. I mean, after all you have to get all of the junk targets out of the way so that you’re not digging them again on the next hunt.

Imagine my surprise when 2 inches down I pulled this baby out of the ground!

1972 Kennedy Half

1972 Kennedy Half Dollar

BAMM, my FIRST HALF DOLLAR! That explains why my Fisher F2 displayed double zero’s and why there was still a strong signal when I raised the coil off the ground! Because it was a large target!

Kenny Half Dollar Reverse

Kenny Half Dollar Reverse

See, had I listened to the common misconceptions that some detectorists spread around as gospel, I would have missed out on another First For Me Find.

This hunt was a good one, with well over 100 targets dug. Here’s the “best of it” and as you can see I dug over 70 coins, so it wasn’t a bad day for clad anyway.

Total Days Finds

Total Days Finds

I’ve been digging almost every signal because eventually the trash will all be out of the way.

The Trash Finds

The Trash Finds

Here’s a shot of the trash I dug that day. A bunch of trash, but like I said you gotta get it out of the way in order to find the goodies.

My experience has taught me that until I dig a target, I am just guessing what it may be. That is why I like to share with my blog followers lessons that I have learned along the way. Don’t take every word a guy says as facts just because others say that he knows all there is to know about your machine. We are human, and humans are prone to making mistakes. It’s just human nature.

As I’ve stated before, Learn the Benchmarks, Go Out and Learn on Every hunt, and then, Set Your Own Benchmarks. Test those theories, because at the end of the day, they are just theories!

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Happy Hunting Dig Fellas. See Ya Next Time!

About Ozarks

I enjoy Metal Detecting in The Ozark Mountains and surrounding areas where I primarily detect for relics and coins. I have tested and used over 20+ metal detectors as a dealer and Company Sponsored 'Pro Staff' Product Tester. Previously Senior Editor of Detecting365 Metal Detecting Magazine for 7 years. I have authored over 200+ articles published on multiple metal detecting websites and magazines. I have real world experience testing metal detectors in the field and enjoy teaching others how to become better metal detectorists. Questions? Shoot me a contact email! Check out my Recommended Metal Detecting Supplies here: http://amazon.com/shop/wedetect
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6 Responses to A First For Me

  1. OMG, I am exhausted just looking at all those digs! Good for you. No wonder you find the goods. You are getting your workout by doing up-downs I see. Do you ever get out to cellar holes? I haven’t seen you post on that but perhaps you have.

    I myself plan on getting out again soon; it sure is refreshing and enticing watching you post on it I must say.

    And I agree, don’t listen to too much of what others say. If you have done it on your own many times, it would be sensible to assume the same results, but to ignore a target based on what another has said is a bit insane. No half dollar if you did it.

    Digging everything is the best way to learn a machine. The hardest and the best.

    Happy hunting.


    • Ozarks says:

      HAHAH yeah, that’s alot of digging, and the legs let me know it for a couple of days after a hunt! There are no cellar holes in this part of the country, but yes I detect old foundations in the woods, but I detect those in the late fall and winter months when the brush dies back. I actully have an awesome hunt planned soon in an area where the landowner says no one has ever hunted to his knowldge and the area dates to mid 1800’s, so that should be exciting. I’ll have to clear some brush and do some work, but I’m definitely up for it! Yep, dig it all is rough, but like anything else in life, if it’s worth having it’s worth working for! Hope you get out there dirt diggin soon! Thanks for the reply!

  2. Awesome finds and great advice. It is important to remember that no two detectors are exactly the same…what I mean is there are certain specs they follow for sure. But, I can tell you that, once you spend two years swinging the same metal detector every day, you get familiar with it. Then if you use a brand new detector of the same model, you will notice a difference. The point is that don’t listed to what others say. Get out and do what you did…dig up everything and learn your metal detector as you do it. Plus, like you said, you are removing the trash for next time!

    • Ozarks says:

      Yep, nothin beats your own experience. I am soooo ready to upgrade my detector now! If I haven’t mastered the F2 by now, I never will…lol This post refers to the F2 only, maybe I should have said it…lol I know when I get to upgrade it will be starting all over, but I am ready for something new, something deeper and something a little more advanced. Looking at the AT Pro, just have to find the funds somewhere! When I do though, HighPlainsProspectors will get my order, guaranteed! Thanks for replying!!!

  3. Diana Cusack says:

    What are some good blogging sites where your posts are actually read by others daily?

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