Metal Detecting and Treasure Hunting

How Social Media Has Changed Metal Detecting

Before the mid 1990’s, the world was a face to face adventure for most things.  Sure, we had the telephone for instant contact to our loved ones. However, the most important encounters were saved for in-person meet and greets.  For instance, if you wanted to talk shop about metal detecting, or share finds with other hobbyists, you would go the the local metal detecting club meeting to socialize in person.  Of course it was not just metal detecting. Almost every hobby known to man had a club with a cool name and special meeting place for monthly or weekly visits.


Then, along came a spider....  

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The Top 5 Misconceptions About Metal Detecting


As the saying goes, you can’t judge a book by it’s cover.  That is especially true for metal detecting. Some of the greatest finds ever made were with detectors that were marketed towards teenagers and pre-teens.  On the other side of that coin (excuse the pun), many have spent tens of thousands of dollars on advanced detectors and never found a speck of gold, or anything worth their time and effort.

You never know what you are going to find in this hobby.  Thinking you can buy your way to success with expensive gear is a sure fire way to get frustrated and broke.  Thinking you will get rich quick from all your awesome finds is a surefire way to depression and...depression.


With that being said, let’s take a look at the top 5 misconceptions about our beloved hobby, in no particular order.

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So You Think You Want to be a Bottle Digger

It all started years ago when I was a child, looking at shelves full of bottles that my dad had collected or dug from before I was born. See, my dad was a bottle digger, metal detectorist and arrowhead hunter long before I was even a twinkle in his eye. As I was growing up, I saw the bottles and relics he had collected and truthfully thought he was a little crazy for keeping all of this “garbage”…….. little did I know that one day this “garbage” would become my passion too!

Brandon's dad Ricky Nicholas early 1980's                          Ricky is still digging bottles and treasure hunting today                  Brandon displaying a freshly dug turn of the century soda bottle

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Women and Metal Detecting...How one Wife Got Into the Hobby

As I have stated once or twice in previous blogs, I lucked out being married to a wife who likes to metal detect.  This being a male dominated hobby, I was not expecting her to like it as much as she does. This was not always the case...There was some push back when I first ran it by her. Her opinion of the hobby was not fantastic.

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Metal Detecting With Friends

Many metal detecting hobbyists know the feeling of being alone.  It is a hobby that just doesn’t seem to need a partner or teammate.  Don’t feel bad, as many of the participants scoff at the idea of taking another metal detectorist with them.  What is the point?   


Headphones will just block the conversation!   

You can’t come near my detector, or we might get cross talk!   

A partner potentially finding something better!  

I just want some peace and quiet!

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The Top Online Metal Detecting Forums

New to the hobby of metal detecting but don’t know where to turn?  

Are you a 30 year veteran who wants to spread your knowledge to others?  

Found a rare coin or artifact and want to show it off to the world?


Well then you are in luck my dirt digging treasure finding friend.  Today we're talking about your one stop shop to ask ridiculous questions such as “which detector is the best”?  Discuss terminology that needs its own dictionary such as ground phase, recovery speed, and pulse induction.  A place to let your over opinionated personality shine, or perhaps reminisce a tall tale about how you once found a dime at 16 feet deep. Or was that inches?   

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