8 Tips For Metal Detecting On Different Targets


Metal detecting is a hobby that is enjoyed by many adventurers because it takes them outdoors in their search for treasure, yet it becomes frustrating for some because results usually vary from target to target.

And some hope to uncover unique treasures and antique items from long ago that have amazing history behind them.

But let me tell you a little secret: although the treasures might be different, but the thrill of finding them is still the same! 

That is why in today’s guide I am bringing you 8 tips for metal detecting on different targets so you can get to metal detecting without having to worry about why sometimes you fail to achieve results.

So no matter what you’re hoping to find, I suggest a special method to make your hunt successful.

This guide will be a friendly helper, guiding you to all the tricks to discover the treasure below the ground.

So let us get started!

Here are 8 tips for metal detecting on different targets

  1. Understanding metal detection by GoldXtra
  2. Starting with research
  3. Gearing up
  4. Seeking permissions
  5. Clubs and communities
  6. Techniques and tactics
  7. Documenting your adventures
  8. Respect and responsibility

1. Understanding Metal Detection by GoldXtra:

Metal detecting has been around for a while. It started a long time ago when people wanted to find hidden things in the ground. Over time, the tools used for metal detecting have changed and gotten better.

  • A Quick Look at History:
    • A long time ago, people used simple tools to search for stuff on the ground.
    • As years went by, these tools changed and got better.
    • Today, we have modern metal detectors that can find things even deeper and more accurately.
  • Tools Changing Over Time:
    • The first metal detectors were big and hard to use.
    • Now, they are smaller, easier, and can tell us more about what’s hidden.
    • This change happened because of new technology and ideas.

2. Starting with research:

I suggest before you start using your metal detector, you should do some research. This means you should learn about the places you want to search. This will help you find more treasures like gold, coins, or old things from the past.

  • Why Research is Important:
    • If you know where to look, you have a better chance of finding cool stuff.
    • Learning about a place can give you clues about what might be hidden there.
  • Research for Different Treasures:
    • Different places are good for different things.
    • Beaches might have lost jewelry, old battlefields might have coins, and riverbeds might have gold.
    • Knowing this helps you decide where to go.
  • How to Start Your Research:
    • You can read books or articles about metal detecting.
    • Talking to other people who like metal detecting can give you tips.
    • There are also websites and videos online that can help.

3. Gearing Up:

Metal detecting is a lot like going on a treasure hunt, and just like any adventure, you need the right tools. Think of it as picking out the best fishing rod when you go fishing. You want the tool that will help you catch the biggest fish!

  • Different Tools for Different Treasures:
    • Just as you would use different fishing rods for different fish, you use different metal detectors for different treasures.
    • For example, if you’re searching for gold, there’s a special detector just for that. If you’re on the beach looking for lost jewelry, there’s another type of detector that works best.
  • Common Tools and What They Do:
    • The main tool is, of course, the metal detector. It beeps when it finds something metal under the ground.
    • You’ll also need a shovel or a scoop to dig up what you’ve found. Remember to always fill in any holes you dig!
    • Headphones can be helpful too. They let you hear the beeps better, especially in noisy places.
  • Picking the Right Gear:
    • It’s super important to use the right tool for what you want to find. Imagine trying to catch a big fish with a tiny net. It wouldn’t work, right?
    • So, always think about what you hope to find. Then, choose the tool that will help you find it best.

4. Seeking Permissions:

Before you start looking for treasures, I must emphasize it’s really important to make sure you’re allowed to search in that place. Imagine if someone came to your backyard and started digging without asking you. You’d be surprised, right? That’s why asking for permission is a must.

  • Why Asking is Important:
    • It’s the right thing to do. Plus, in many places, you have to get permission because of the laws.
    • If you don’t ask, you could get into trouble. And nobody wants that!
  • How to Ask the Right Way:
    • Always be polite. Start by saying hello and introducing yourself.
    • Explain that you have a hobby of metal detecting and ask if it’s okay to search in their place.
    • If they say no, that’s okay. Always thank them for their time and be respectful.
  • Different Places, Different Rules:
    • Every place has its own rules. A beach might have different rules than a park.
    • Sometimes, you might need to ask a person, like a farmer for his field. Other times, you might need to ask a group or an office, like a city office for a public park.
    • Always find out who to ask and follow the rules. It makes metal detecting fun and trouble-free for everyone.

5. Clubs and Communities:

Have you ever thought about joining a club? I suggest considering it, just like there are clubs for people who love reading books or playing sports, there are also clubs for people who love metal detecting.

  • Why Join a Club?:
    • First, it’s fun! You get to meet people who love the same thing you do.
    • Clubs often have group hunts. This means everyone goes out together to search for treasures. It’s like a big treasure-hunting party!
    • If you’re new to metal detecting, joining a club can help you learn faster.
  • Different Clubs for Different Interests:
    • Some clubs are for people who love looking for gold. Others might be for those who enjoy finding old coins or ancient things from the past.
    • By joining a club that matches what you like, you can get special tips and tricks for your favorite type of treasure hunting.
  • Learning from People Who Know a Lot:
    • In every club, some people have been metal detecting for many years. They know a lot.
    • These experienced members are like treasure-hunting teachers. They can show you how to use your tools better and where to find the best stuff.

6. Techniques and Tactics:

Finding treasures is not just about luck. It’s also about using the right methods. Just like fishing, there are certain ways to do things that can help you find more.

  • Gold Hunting Tips:
    • Gold is often found near rivers and streams. So, that’s a good place to start looking.
    • Sometimes, gold shines in the water when the sun hits it. Keep your eyes open for that shiny glint!
  • Coin Hunting Tips:
    • Early morning or late afternoon can be the best times. This is when parks or beaches are less crowded.
    • Move slowly with your detector and listen carefully to its beeps. Each beep could be a hidden coin!
  • Searching for Old Things and Relics:
    • Learn a little about the history of the place you’re searching in. 
    • This can give you clues and tips about what relics and artifacts might be there.
    • When you find something, look at it closely. Can you tell how old it is or what it was used for?
  • General Treasure Hunting:
    • Practice makes perfect. The more you use your metal detector, the better you’ll get.
    • Always handle what you find with care. Some treasures can be very old and delicate.
  • Advice for Everyone:
    • Be patient. Sometimes, you might not find anything. But don’t give up!
    • Stay positive. Every time you search, there’s a chance of a great discovery.
    • Always think about safety. Wear good shoes, take water with you, and let someone know where you’re going.

7. Documenting Your Adventures:

Imagine you go on a treasure hunt and find something cool. You’d want to remember it, right? That’s where documenting, or keeping a record of your adventures, comes in!

  • Why Should You Record Your Finds?
    • First, it’s a fun way to look back at all the cool things you’ve found.
    • It can also help you learn. By writing down where and when you found something, you can notice patterns and maybe find more treasures in the future!
    • Plus, if you ever show someone else, they can see how amazing your hobby is.
  • How to Keep a Record:
    • Journals: Get a notebook and write down details about each find. Where did you find it? What day was it? What does it look like?
    • Photos: Take pictures of your treasures. A photo can capture how shiny or unique something is.
    • Videos: If you have a phone or a camera, you can make videos of your hunts. It’s like starring in your treasure-hunting movie!
  • Sharing Your Adventures:
    • Telling others about your finds can be fun. Maybe you have a friend who also loves treasure hunting. You can share tips!
    • Sharing can also mean showing your family or even posting online. People love hearing about cool discoveries.

8. Respect and Responsibility:

Metal detecting is a great hobby, but it also comes with some important responsibilities. Think of it like having a pet. It’s fun, but you also have to take care of it and be respectful.

  • Follow the Rules:
    • Just like there are rules in a game, there are rules for metal detecting. Always know what they are and follow them.
    • Some places might not allow metal detecting at all. That’s okay! There are plenty of other places to explore.
  • Being Thoughtful and Fair:
    • Always think about how you’d feel if you were in someone else’s shoes. Would you want someone digging up your yard without asking? Probably not!
    • If you find something that might be valuable or important to someone else, think about giving it back. It’s the right thing to do.
  • Care for Nature and Treasures:
    • Nature is beautiful. Always make sure to leave a place as you found it. If you dig a hole, fill it back up.
    • When you find something, handle it with care. It might be old and delicate. Plus, it’s your treasure! You’d want to keep it safe.


So, metal detecting is a great way to find treasure hidden below. With the tips shared to you by GoldXtra, you’ve become educated on the topic and are ready to start your adventure. Remember, it’s not just about what you find, but also the fun you can have while searching. 

So hopefully with these tips you will be able to make the most out of your metal detector. If not there are more guides on our website that might tackle the particular problem you could be having. So be sure to take a look.

Every beep of your metal detector is like a hint of a hidden story. So, grab your detector, start your search, and see what you can discover. Happy hunting!

Howard rockse

Hey there, I am Howard a deeply committed individual who likes to share my knowledge and insights in this field, having spent over ten years as a metal detectorist.

My experience with GoldXtra has allowed me to provide trustworthy and informative advice to both new and experienced metal-detecting enthusiasts. I’m committed to assisting others in exploring and enjoying the world of metal detecting with the same enthusiasm and dedication that I have.

Howard Rockse
Senior Content Writer at GoldXtra

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