Detecting365: Thanks, Johnny, for taking the time to answer some questions. Can you tell our readers what you think it takes to reach a high level in the detecting hobby, one in which you consistently recover outstanding finds, both in quantity and quality?
Johnny Pryor: First, I’d say know your detector. By knowing, I mean the little nuisances that come with them.
A good detectorist should develop this over time. I mainly go by sound, so what to listen for, how to listen. In short be a good TECHNICIAN.
Second, it’s 2015, so the resources are out there. Spend some time doing the research. Get to know the area and what happened there say, 150 years ago. Be a good ACADEMIC.
Third, you can be a great technician, know your machine backwards and forwards. You may have written a book on the subject matter you’re interested in. However, if you can’t get permission, what good is that going to do you when it comes to detecting. So spend some time on how to get a yes. Be a SALESMAN. I spent 10 years as a straight commission sales rep. So that helps. I even had an employer send me to a week-long Tony Robbins sales course. LOL!