Dave Bowman: Hello, HAL. Do you read me, HAL?
HAL: Affirmative, Dave. I read you.
Dave Bowman: Open the pod bay doors, HAL.
HAL: I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.
Dave Bowman: What’s the problem?
HAL: I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do.
Dave Bowman: What are you talking about, HAL?
HAL: This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it.
– 2001 A Space Odyssey
Obviously, the more holes you dig, the more keepers you find. In a site with many targets, the smarter and more calculated your target selections are, the more keepers you will dig. Your keeper to trash ratio is better.
And digging monster finds, like a gold coin or rare Civil War belt buckle, or platinum piece of jewelry becomes just a numbers game. With patience, eventually, the next target is going to blow your head off and have you dancing.
My personal goal is to dig at least one monster find per month. I understand that in order to do that, I have to detect good sites, keep moving, detect smart, and dig a boatload of targets.
In order to police myself, and make sure my activity is in line with my expectations, I track my finds and set a monthly quota. I feel I need to dig 25 Civil War bullets in a month, 3 silver coins, 1 piece of non-junk jewelry, and 25 other assorted keepers in a given month. Why and how did I come up with these numbers? I took my monthly finds from the last two years, and analyzed the number of keepers and types of keepers that I dug for each monster find I dug. And in general, with these quotas, I average one monster find per month – Maybe two one month, zero the next month, 3 one month, and zero the two months after that, then one, one, zero, two, etc.
I’ve found that establishing find quotas is far more effective than just establishing a quota for number of hunts, sites, or hours in the field. This is simply because my quota are results, and are not affected by things like lousy sites, slumps, or bad luck. So when a week is left in the month and I have not dug a “monster”, I look at my finds for the month. If they are on track, I let it slide. If they are not, I get out there and put in some extra hunts, try to pick some wiser sites, get some new permission, and try to shake things up to catch up.
Your own quotas, should you decide to try this, should not be mine. Look at your own experience, the type of finds you dig in your area, and the frequency of each type of find in an average month for you. If you can find a direct correlation between a certain type of finds and “monsters”, then set your key quota on that item. I’ve found specifically, that a monster find generally corresponds to approximately 25-30 Civil war bullets for me. For you it my be wheat cents, rings, or silver. Maybe if you are coinshooting, you need to dig 25 pieces of silver in a month in order to dig a rare coin or other rare find. Figure this out for yourself.
And just like a state trooper, work hard to hit your quota at the end of the month. You’ll save more relics, and dig more monsters.
Adapted from Pixabay