Bounty Hunter Tracker IV Metal Detector
- Product Review (submitted on March 17, 2008):
The Pioneer 101 is the equivalent to the Bounty Hunter Tracker IV. I purchased it about eight years ago at Wal-mart for under $100. It was the perfect beginner detector for me as someone who was just going to see if this would be a hobby to stick with. Well, I have stuck with the hobby and the detector for all those years. Most of the detecting that I do is coin shooting at local parks and school yards. Occasionally, I get lucky and find jewelry items. More than coin shooting, I really enjoy searching for Civil War relics. I just don't get to relic hunt as much as I would like to because I have to wait for a building to get torn down and that doesn't happen too often. I have been successful in relic hunting and coin shooting finding bullets, buckles, buttons and numerous coins. It doesn't matter what I am searching for. I just enjoy getting out and enjoying a wonderful hobby.
The control panel on the Pioneer 101 consists of a sensitivity knob, a discrimination knob, a headphone jack, a discrimination / all metal / tone toggle switch and a target indicator meter. This makes the detector very easy to learn and operate. It is virtually a turn on and go type of detector. It is quick and easy to adjust the settings to the areas I will be hunting and type of hunting I will be doing. Just as with every detector, it takes practice to learn how the detector responds to the different types of targets. Once the different tones are learned, it is easy to discriminate by the sounds of the tones. By tuning the detector per the area and type of hunting anyone can be successful. With the light weight (less than three pounds), the S-type handle and the padded arm support, it is easy to enjoy metal detecting for hours at a time.
I have hunted side by side with a more expensive detector and have been just as successful when it comes to depth and discrimination. I have found items as deep as 12". With its ease of operation and low cost, I would highly recommend this detector.