It's hard for this detectorist to offer up any unheard of, hidden, bet you did not know this, kinds of tips or hints that will put you on easy street. Are there such things at all? Perhaps....and just maybe you've discovered all there is for the moment, the day or the year. Setting this control to this or that, lessening or increasing your discrimination, cranking up your sensitivity, changing out your search coil....all ideas and theories that have been passed along for months and years. Some have worked for me, and others have not.
At the age of 64 I've mellowed quite a bit when it comes to metal detecting, treasure hunting, whatever you care to call it. The tips I now offer to anyone who will listen are based on many years of in-the-field trials and errors, and lots of valuable good friends and life experiences. I feel certain they might not make your to do list for this month or year, but I hope you will put them on the back burner, and consider them down the road.
First piece of advice I can offer is to never forget what it was that got you interested in this pastime. There was a seed, a sincere interest, something that prompted you to find out more about metal detecting and treasure hunting. The unknown, the desire to look under that rock, the urge to seek what is around the bend or down the road....whatever it was, strive to keep it alive! That curiosity, that desire to find more is exactly what keeps the ardent treasure hunter going day in, day out, and will keep you going till you can't function anymore. No one else has to understand or sympathize. It's your passion, your thrill and that's all that matters.
Next remember the educational part of your passion....the desire to get better at what you do. You knew from day one that you wanted to find treasure, no matter the definition, and to find it more frequently you became a student. You read all you could about detectors, their functions, their abilities and their limitations. You read about your local area. It's history, it's beginnings and if you are typical you got involved in it's future. This ongoing desire to learn more made you a more integral part of the community, and gave you an appreciation of all that went before. Remember this, and understand it's importance to all you find each and every day.
Next tip..... Keep in touch with your treasure hunting family. Who are they? The folks you come in touch with as a result of your endeavors over the years. The guys and gals in your club, the folks you met at the last hunt, the inquisitive youngster, who saw you detecting and wanted to know more. I couldn't begin to name all those who made my years so enjoyable. I was privileged to be a little more involved in the business than most, and feel blessed to have so many friends. I do my best to stay in touch with them, and look forward to hearing from them as well. Many have passed away, and while I mourn their passing, I am better off for having met them in my lifetime. Memories may be all I have at this time, but as long as I can recall them....they are true treasures.
Lastly, I often get asked "what's the best thing you've ever found?" I sometimes respond with a few of the old key coins I've found, or a the old Roman coins found overseas. Then again it's hard not to brag about that diamond ring, or that small cache of coins found in the chicken coop. Now when I'm asked....it's easy. It's that tear that was shed after returning the class ring to it's owner after so many years. It's that fun day I had with my hunting buddy Dan, when we didn't find one coin, but laughed ourselves silly over nothing. It's that day I discovered the fence was indeed electrified, or that day when I drove twenty miles only to find out that I had left my detector in the kitchen.
Treasures are what you make them. I know what they once were, but today I can see what they really were, and for that I am thankful. I hope in someway you understand what I am saying, and in doing so enjoy each and every day you get out into the field. It doesn't matter what you come home with....it's the possibility that today will be more exciting and surely more fun that most others will have! Good hunting.....see you in the field.