Hit the road Jack and don’t ya come back no more, no more, hit the road Jack!
The lyrics to that tune should strike a definite chord with you. How many times have you sat there deciding where to go detecting, frustrated because you or someone else has hunted your spots to death? Maybe you just want a change of scenery and you’d like to find a new area for relics or coins. Maybe detecting isn’t allowed in your neck of the woods. The answer is simple. Open your eyes and ears and your computer’s browser. Then hit the road!
Talking with other people about detecting can often open new yards or places that you can go. Joining a forum and reading posts about other detectorists hunts you may find that right down the road is an area open to detecting that you didn’t know about. Maybe you can arrange to meet a landowner somewhere for a new adventure. Join a club, and meet others with a shared interest. You might try putting an ad on a site like Craigs list asking if anyone is open to you searching their property.
Many newspapers have archives that often deal with “stories from the past”, that can tell you where the old swimming holes were, where that old store once stood, where people used to gather for picnics or camp outs, and where the old schoolhouse was located. Look up newspapers online from your surrounding areas. Read their archives that might mention your town. Search “History of…..” and see what you come up with.
If you know anyone in real estate or that buys old houses ask them if you might hunt any properties that they have that are vacant. Offer to cut a yard or clear some brush or trash as payment for letting you swing your coil. Do you have relatives or friends that are farmers? I’ve seen some really good finds come from plowed fields. Look for broken pottery, bricks, anything that may give you a clue about being human activity there in the past. A relic hunter I know has made many a find here with his eyes in fields right on top the ground.
There’s always a chance that the next farmer over will see you detecting and give you permission to hunt his land too after a friendly chat. I mentioned in my first article about “Sunday Drives”. Go down any old country road and you’ll usually see old barns and houses crumbling with age, or a double row of trees that would indicate there was once a drive way or path to a house or farm. If you see a house nearby stop and ask if they own the land or might know who does, the worse that can happen is being told no. A word of warning though, use extreme caution around falling down buildings ,watch for signs of abandoned wells or cellars that aren’t covered, and keep an eye peeled for critters who may have made their home in that old structure.
History and human habitation have just about covered this country from sea to shining sea as the song “America the Beautiful” goes, read it, study it, get out and see it. There is history everywhere, and a little research before hitting the road can pay big off in a big way!
I hope you enjoyed reading about Where To Look for New Detecting Adventures Until next time, Good luck and good hunting!
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