Note: In this series, we have selected 100 metal detecting finds that were extremely difficult to detect and recover, and provide details on the circumstances and techniques that contributed to their successful recovery.
KEEPER: 1800s Lead Dog Figurine
SITE: Yard of home on grounds of what used to be an old park
SITE EVALUATION: 7 of 10. This yard had been hunted heavily but had lots of deep treats left in it!
Three More Holes Rule: When I decide to leave a site, I make myself dig three more targets. Hole one was a deep Indian cent. Hole two was trash. Hole three was a crazy deep iffy signal in pulltab range. Wasn’t expecting this cool find. I reset and am super focused and want to make the three holes count and hopefully get one more good find, so at least one of these final three holes is almost always a keeper.
The Deeper the Iffier: Especially on sites that have produced good finds, I’m going to watch the depth meter on my machine and find some “iffy” targets. Things that show different and the numbers jump around. Doesn’t sound solid. Detector won’t lock on. That stuff is often outside of the effective depth range of the detector’s target id system so the detector doesn’t know what to think. I’ve got techniques to sniff out falsing nails, and my “bread and butter”, a great percentage of my “monster” finds are stupid deep and crazy iffy.
Make the Deep Target Talk to You: Again, I’ll watch my depth meter, hear a low tone of a nail, see that it is deep, and isolate it to the point where I can do a “Wrist Wiggle” one-two inch swing over it.
I chose to include this find because I remember how shocked I was to see it come out of the hole. I was thinking I was wasting my time on this last signal and expected a small piece of tin or something. It was at a measured 18 inches deep and sounded like a nail jumping toward a pulltab or shotgun shell at best.
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