“May the odds be ever in your favor.“ – The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I love it when I’m onto a great site or sites that produce a lot of finds, like the two yards I hunted last year that produced 18 .69 caliber bullets, a .75 cal, 5 Eagle buttons and more. Those are the “good ole days” of detecting.
In reality, though, more often than not, I’m doing what I call “grinding it out” – finding one, maybe two “keepers” on most hunts, sometimes not finding anything. I got a silver dime here, a suspender clip there, a couple of bullets at another site, etc. etc.
I define a “keeper” as something I am after that I would display. This can be different for anyone. For me it is generally a Civil War bullet, button or other item, a silver coin, a pre-1920 wheat or Indian cent, a cool homesite relic, or piece of jewelry whether it is junk or not.
My goal when detecting is to find one keeper per hour I detect. If I’m on a good site, I can exceed this, but usually I’m grinding it out, struggling to keep pace and occasionally getting downright frustrated.
I’ve learned over time to try not to think negatively – as in “I’m in a possible slump” or “What the heck am I doing out here?” I realize that I am just doing what is necessary to connect the dots between good sites.
And when I look back, during the interim period, it didn’t seem like it, because the fines were fewer, far between and spread out amongst many sites and hunts, but I accumulated a lot of good finds.
As accomplished relic hunter Michael H. says “the one thing for sure the more you hunt the better the chances of goodies.”
With that in mind I try to keep it moving along and not get hung up too much in one place – trying to continually cover new ground. I hope to hit a monster site, and eventually I will. Until then it is important to keep the coil swinging, grinding it out.