First things first.......A set of rules to abide by: Really just common sense!

This was taken from Western and Eastern Treasures© Magazine.....

I WILL respect private property and do no treasure hunting without the owner's permission.

I WILL refill all excavations.

I WILL appreciate and protect our heritage of natural resources, wildlife, and private property.

I WILL use thoughtfulness, consideration, and courtesy at all times.

I WILL build fires in designated or safe places only.

I WILL leave gates as found.

I WILL remove and properly dispose of any trash that I find.

I WILL not litter.

I WILL NOT destroy property, buildings, or what is left of ghost towns and deserted structures.

I WILL NOT tamper with signs, structural facilities, or equipment.


Here are some of my suggestions......

Best place to get information on the hobby? Most likely a local club, but be wary of zealots and overachievers.

The best treasure hunting tool? The one between your ears!

Think through all the aspects of buying a metal detector. What are they?

What is your primary target, Relics, Coins, Gold?

Is detecting capability directly proportional to cost? Can a moderately priced detector perform as well or better than a more expensive unit? The answer is yes!

Are you easily distracted by 'camera club' goodies? In other words, are gee whiz features really necessary to get the job done? If the feature fails, does it render your detector useless?

Are you buying as a result of what you know, or what you heard? This is the old Cadillac, Lincoln, Mercedes argument. All the modern detectors are light years beyond the technology of 10 years ago. Base your decision on things like weight, warranty, location of controls, ease of handling, useability, portability.

Do you live near water? Fresh water, salt water. Do you plan on going under the water? Did you plan on your detector falling into the water? It only takes once!

Can you rent or borrow a detector to see if this is something you really want to do? If you have never gone out and spent an afternoon 'hunting', renting a detector is really worth the few dollars. Give yourself the opportunity to see both the up and down sides of using a detector. When I was selling detectors, I would “rent” a detector for a day or weekend to the potential customer. If they then wanted to go ahead and buy it, I’d subtract the rental amount from the purchase price. Like I said “I don’t wear a blue smock”.

Buy your digging tools once. Look for a stainless steel digger. A "bargain" digging tool can be annoying, or worse yet, dangerous.

Remember what they say about opinions. Everyone's got one.

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