For some detectorists waiting until Spring to get outside and search for treasure is simply impossible. Especially for those hunters who get new detecting gear for the holidays. It depends on where in the country you live, but for some, the frozen ground is just too hard to dig in during the coldest of the Winter months. Don’t fret, though. There are likely still some places you can search, but if not, there are some detecting activities that you can do inside where it’s warm.

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Places to Metal Detect in the Winter

Near Unfrozen Water – If you live near bodies of water that don’t freeze over, they are the perfect spot to metal detect. Detectorists who have underwater detectors have found some great targets in the shallow water’s edge. Just put on some waders and stay warm.

Beaches – If you are lucky enough to be near any beaches, you should definitely plan some Winter excursions with your detector. The sand doesn’t usually freeze, even the coldest areas, because of the water and wind, so you shouldn’t have difficulty digging for targets. Winter is also a nice tome to detect on shorelines because you will likely have the whole place to yourself.

Cold Weather Gathering Places – Even in areas where the ground does freeze, you can still hunt for items in the snow. Think about places where people gather for Winter activities – sledding, skiing, ice skating or hockey, and ice fishing. These are all activities in which people may lose things from their pockets, perfect hunting.

Things to Watch Out for During Winter Detecting

There are some Winter-related precautions you should take if you are going metal detect. Of course, the most important thing is that you stay warm. Be prepared by making sure that you are dressed warmly enough to withstand the cold temperatures, keeping as much of your skin covered as possible.

You also have to watch out for ice. Not only does it make slipping and falling a risk for you, but if you drop or land on your detector, it could get damaged. Then you’ll be laid up and out some cash.

In some areas, Winter is hunting season. If you are going to hunt in wooded areas, where it may be hard to see you, be sure that you where brightly-colored clothing so you are not mistaken for an animal.

When It’s Just Too Cold to Detect

If you can’t bring yourself to get outside and hunt because it’s just too cold, there are still ways that you can keep your metal detecting hat on. It’s a great time to do some research and planning for future hunts. The most successful hunts are the usually the ones in places where people gathered in the past – churches, city halls, old taverns – that no longer exist. A little bit of research into those types of places can go a long way to increasing your finds. Don’t let the cold weather keep you from planning. Some hot cocoa and the internet are all you need to determine new sites to visit when the weather warms up.