After reading the article ‘Don’t Eat a Loser’s Lunch’ I was inspired to find a couple of new places to metal detect.
What I eventually found was two old homesteads way back in the woods. I had noticed one of the spots on an old map a couple of years back, but never really paid much attention to it. When I got there I realized that what I thought was a barn was actually an old house that is falling to the ground.
It was the best find of the day, and one that I wouldn’t have found while detecting at the same old spots I’ve hit 15 times in the past. Finding a new spot to detect made the difference between having some nectar and eating a loser’s lunch.
While I was there, I snapped a few photos of the area and house but I can only show sneak peeks for obvious Top Secret, Uber, Area 51 reasons.
As I was looking at those images on my computer I realized that I was able to scout the area more thoroughly since I could visualise the layout of the land. I could see where the front steps were, the side yard, the front yard etc. It’s the next best thing to being there!
Site Scouting Tip:
On your initial visit to a site snap some photos of the area that you plan to metal detect! Take pictures from several angles to document the layout of the area.
Later, when you are at home, you can browse those images and get a better idea of where you may need to focus your attention. Researching those images coupled with your finds or lack thereof will help you figure out where you should concentrate your efforts next time.
Taking Photos Can Improve Your Success
You can remember a lot more about a spot by viewing pictures than you can by memory. On those days when you can’t get out to detect, open your photos and do some scouting. You’ll be surprised at the areas you may have over looked!
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