6 Myths About Metal Detecting

6 Myths About Metal Detecting

Don’t believe everything your hear.  Here are some common things we hear over and over that just aren’t true

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1) ALL THE GOOD SITES WERE HUNTED OUT BACK IN THE DAY

5212868257_018b98ffa6_zSure they were probably hunted, and cherry picked, but with the technology available now, good basic detecting skills, and proper technique you can recover good targets from anywhere. A rural churchyard my friends laughed at me for hunting yielded 5 silvers, and a silver ring.  A super obvious Civil War site in Nashville that had been detected to death over the years yielded us over 30 Minie balls, 2 artillery fuses, and many nice shell fragments in October of 2014.

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1) ALL THE GOOD SITES WERE HUNTED OUT BACK IN THE DAY

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  1. Donnie Vaughn at 1:23 pm

    Once again, a very good article! The whole key to this hobby is to be the first person to a site. That’s what folks should concentrate on. “To the victor, goes the spoils”. Everything in the article is very true and you made some excellent points. I have always said that if you are the first on a good site with a metal detector, then it is not important what kind of machine that have as much as just being first. I use an OLD Tesoro sometimes on new sites and will find stuff not because I’m that good, but because I was first. Research is the most important thing. There are still many places out there that have never been found and that’s what keeps me going.

    • Clark D at 11:30 pm

      Thanks, Donnie. You and Julia definitely ought to know and your advice is appreciated. I wish I could have been around to hunt some of the legendary sites you guys have found. To anyone else reading: Donnie and Julia Vaughn are legendary detectorists in middle TN. Their experiences and the stories they tell are nothing short of astounding.

      • Donnie Vaughn at 3:13 pm

        Thanks for your wonderful comments Clark but, to be honest, we have just been digging a long time. We are not really legends at all, but we have known some legends in our day. I always say that if you have fished (for instance) for over 40 years then, at some time, you have probably caught a few nice fish. Same thing about relic hunting, if you have been metal detecting for over 40 years, then you are bound to find a few keepers. In my case I just say “even a blind hog (me) will find an acorn every now and then”.

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