Top 12 Detectors

Now What: You Bought a Metal Detector, What's the Next Step?

"What next?" is a question we often hear from our customers. They buy a detector, and after about a week of searching around their yard, they start to try and figure out where else to treasure hunt. Here's a small list of places that might help get you started. This is by no means the most definitive list, but it should keep you busy for quite awhile!

The beach is one of the most popular places to go metal detecting, and for good reason. People will often change clothes when they arrive at the beach, or when they're getting ready to leave, so there's a good chance you'll find modern coins a-plenty. People also spend a lot of time in the surf on the shore of the beach, so if they had change in their pockets, it's easy for it to fall out. The soft sand at beaches is very easy to dig through, making it simple to locate items. Try hunting not only the sandy area, but also parking lots near the coast. Some beaches have regulations in place for metal detecting, so make sure you check the rules before you head out.
river bank
Check your town's history if you have rivers running through it. Some rivers had old bridges with toll booths on them, and many parts of the river might have been ferry crossings. You may also want to find out if there were any popular fishing spots. There's plenty of treasure hunting to do on riverbanks, so make sure you give yourself enough time.
School yard
Let's face lose stuff. Metal detecting at a school can be a fun search, but keep in mind the type of items you'll find. Be prepared to walk away with modern coins, and a handful of toy cars. Try researching the schools in your local area. Some schools are built on older school sites. If this is the case, you improve your odds of finding something valuable.
Churches are usually one of the first buildings constructed in a town, which obviously makes them the oldest in the area. Weddings and many social events are hosted at churches, so there's no telling what you'll find. If you're lucky enough to live in Santa Fe, NM, you're living next to the oldest church in the U.S.
Nature Trail
Hikers usually travel with backpacks, and often stop to eat a snack or take a break. When metal detecting on nature trails, try to think like a hiker. Don't just search the trail, try searching near big rocks that someone might sit on, or just off the beaten path.
We welcome all suggestions and encourage you to help us add to this list.
Please click here to contact us

Also Interesting:

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
-   Everything from batteries to searchcoils!
Top 5 Questions Before Buying a Detector
-   Things you need to know!
Metal Detecting Terminology
-   A to Z source for words related to metal detecting!
Top Places to Start Metal Detecting
-   Top areas to start your search for treasure!
What's Next?
-   Now What: You Bought a Metal Detector, What's the Next Step?
Gold Detectors - Do I Need One?
-   What's the Difference and do You Need One?
Everything You Need to Know about Meteorites
-   The who, what, where, when and why of finding a fallen star!
Cleaning Tips for Treasure Finds
-   Includes methods to clean coins without causing damage.
How To Be A Successful Relic Hunter
-   Steps showing how to become a great relic hunter written by Andy Sabisch.
Why Perform an Air Test or Build a Test Garden?
-   Information on on how to successfully test your metal detector!
Treasure Finds/Stories
-   Metal detectors can unearth some of the worlds most beautiful treasures.
12 Ways To Find Older Areas To Hunt
-   Older treasure is more valuable and interesting!
How to Be a Successful Park Hunter
-   Find treasures in your local park!
Garrett's Three "Be's" of Treasure Hunting
-   Charles Garrett, treasure hunter/author, offers tips for beginners
Ten Good Reasons to Own a Metal Detector
-   Things you need to know!
25 Best Metal Detecting Sites
-   A thorough list of the top sites for any treasure hunter!
Metal Detecting Tips
-   Metal Detecting Treasure Tips by Jim Foster!
Treasure Hunters Code of Ethics
-   Things to keep in mind while treasure hunting!
Metal Detectors For Kids
-   Do you know a youngster interested in metal detecting?
Gold Detecting Tips
-   Know what to look for at possible Gold sites!
Beach & Shallow Water Hunting
-   Look For The Best Places To Hunt!
How to be a Successful Coin Hunter
-   Steps showing how to become a great coin hunter written by Bill Paxton
How to be a Successful Urban Treasure Hunter
-   Information on how to become a great urban treasure hunter written by Bill Paxton
How to Use a Metal Detector to be a Successful Fresh Water Beach Hunter
-   Information on how to become a great beach hunter
written by Andy Sabisch.
The Key to Successful Target Recovery
-   Information on how to thoughtfully recover targets keeping the environment and the target itself in mind written by Bill Paxton.
Video Library
-   Informative videos to help you learn and become better detectorist.