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Re: How many of you thought about quitting detecting for good?
Posted by: Tony N (Michigan)
Date: June 21, 2017 07:00PM
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To me, metal detecting has a lot of similarities to golf. I spent 30 years playing golf and working hard at improving my game. And as they say... it only takes one pure shot to keep you coming back. Metal detecting for me is very similar. It only takes that one pure moment where you hear a tone and dig that treasure, and it hooks you for a bit longer. I have been very fortunate to uncover a few amazing (for me) finds recently... items I never thought I would be able to find.. It isn't for the faint of heart... it takes work, and tests your patience, but those are the reasons I love it. Greatest hobby out there as far as I'm concerned.

My two cents (IH 1902 and IH 1906 ;))

Tim

Nice two cents, Tim. Some people, I think, God just blesses with terrestrial treasures because that is what He deems they need.
Others He doesn't but blesses with great spiritual treasures, so great that no money on earth could buy. I fall into the latter category.
You'd think I'd have nothing to complain about but I'm only human and prone to be rather soulish at times. But then I think about
the true riches I have, and if I never found another dreaded wheat back penny or never found another coin, I know what treasures
I have and that takes the sting out of all our failures in life.
Thanks again for sharing. It means a lot.
Tony

Re: How many of you thought about quitting detecting for good?
Posted by: synthnut
Date: July 04, 2017 10:25AM
Sooner or later you will win out .....Probably more later than sooner ......When I started out , my buddy lent me his beach scoop ....It was s very small scoop and was falling apart .....It was a junk scoop to begin with ...I had just bought a Minelab Safari ....I was digging what had to be at least 250 pull tabs .....I was on the beach from early morning to later in the night .....I was DEAD TIRED !!....This scoop was really aggravating me !!....I had enough ....I told my buddy ...."I'm going up to the top here and sit on a bench ...I'm beat " ......On my way to sit down I got the same pull tab tone and number and I told him that I was not digging one more Pull tab .......He told me to dig it , you never know ......I didn't listen .....He came over where I was detecting as I sat on the bench ....He yelled to me " I told you to dig it " .....He pulled out a platinum wedding band that he later got over $300 for ........

Another time I had an Excal that I thought was not working properly ....He took it , walked out in the sand close to the water , put the coil down , and FIRST HIT was a diamond ring !!....He handed me back my Excal and said " I think it's working just fine " and then showed me this diamond ring .....


Point is ....Ya never know !!...... Some days are diamonds , and some days are coal !!.....Jim

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Re: How many of you thought about quitting detecting for good?
Posted by: Tony N (Michigan)
Date: July 04, 2017 12:56PM
I understand.
I was detecting a beach with my old friend who recently died. He didn't find anything so he was standing where the grass meets the beach and waved me to come on and go.
So I made a straight line detecting toward him up the beach sand. I got up to his feet and got a hit. Right at his feet was a super nice gold ring. So you just never know.

Sometimes I just get discouraged when I'm out in the heat, I'm hungry, I'm thirsty, I'm sweaty, I'm tired and just modern coins to show for my effort. Then I get a nice find and it keeps me going.

Re: How many of you thought about quitting detecting for good?
Posted by: synthnut
Date: July 04, 2017 02:33PM
Yeah , I guess I'm better off staying home in the air conditioning, drinking a beer , eating donuts , watching TV, and getting fat , while arguing with the wife !!........:) .....Sorry Tony ....I couldn't resist !!..... We all have those days , then that big target comes along and we're right back in the swing of things ......Good Luck !!.....Jim

Re: You hit the nail on the head wih this post! I totally agree!N/T
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Date: July 04, 2017 02:40PM

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Re: How many of you thought about quitting detecting for good?
Posted by: Tony N (Michigan)
Date: July 04, 2017 08:25PM
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Yeah , I guess I'm better off staying home in the air conditioning, drinking a beer , eating donuts , watching TV, and getting fat , while arguing with the wife !!........:) .....Sorry Tony ....I couldn't resist !!..... We all have those days , then that big target comes along and we're right back in the swing of things ......Good Luck !!.....Jim

Yea, I **used** to be married to Satan's life coach. LOL So I know just what you mean. Yes, it sure is a lot of fun when I finds some good ones. Those nice finds just keep us in the hunt.

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Re: How many of you thought about quitting detecting for good?
Posted by: Harold,ILL.
Date: September 05, 2017 04:01PM
First off a lot of BS artist out there. Had a Newb try to tell Me a few Years back He got 500 Silver a Year in are Pounded Chicago Parks. And He just hunted weekends? Ha. No way Dude. They all want to be like their YouTube Hero's which a lot of them are Full of it too. I have Fun and if I get a Old Coin Be it Silver,Indian,Buffalo, or even a Wheat once in awhile I am happy. Only reason I thought about giving it up was do to sites being closed to Detecting. Hang in there and don't believe it unless You see it.



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Thanks for your thoughts!
Posted by: Tony N (Michigan)
Date: September 06, 2017 07:25AM
Sometimes it gets discouraging. But every now and then I'll find something that keeps me in the hunt.
Maybe some day I'll be able to retire and go out whenever I want. Until then, I'm relegated to the office during the week.

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First off a lot of BS artist out there. Had a Newb try to tell Me a few Years back He got 500 Silver a Year in are Pounded Chicago Parks. And He just hunted weekends? Ha. No way Dude. They all want to be like their YouTube Hero's which a lot of them are Full of it too. I have Fun and if I get a Old Coin Be it Silver,Indian,Buffalo, or even a Wheat once in awhile I am happy. Only reason I thought about giving it up was do to sites being closed to Detecting. Hang in there and don't believe it unless You see it.


Re: How many of you thought about quitting detecting for good?
Posted by: MI-AuAg
Date: September 10, 2017 10:58AM
Hey Tony,

I just read this thread for the first time. I don't get on the Explorer Forum too often.

Living in Michigan also, I often feel your frustration! The state a detectorist lives in is a huge factor in what's in the ground to be found, IMO.

The east coast, from north to south, contains our nation's earliest history, and dropped items of value. It's the beginning point of our country, and the arrival point of millions of people during the westward expansion. Detectorist's in those historic locations have a treasure trove of history under their feet. Then there's our state. Being peninsula's, upper/lower, we weren't on a direct line of that expansion route of stagecoaches and wagontrains, etc., dropping valuables along the way, unfortunately! Our richest history is during the industrialization time. Not to suggest that there isn't some fantastic things to be found here.

Finding 1700's coins here, while not unheard of, is rare indeed! My oldest coin to date, is an 1847 half dime, and I was/am thrilled to have found one that old, and the other 1800's coins I was fortunate enough to find. I see you have found several gold rings, and silver coins, so it looks like some good fortune has come your way. Old silver coins are a greatly diminished resource now. Over the last several yrs, I have found more gold/silver rings/jewelry, than 1800's coins by a wide margin. Folks have been searching for those old coins with detectors for 50+ yrs. I first detected as a kid with my dad around 1970'ish. Even with the old BFO machine he started with, there WAS a lot of old silver to be had. The times they are a changin! I guess we gotta take what we can get.

For every nice find posted, there are thousands of detectorist's who walk away from a detecting session with a handful of clad, trinkets, and junk. That's the reality, it ain't getting no easier, that's for sure!

A lot of successful detectorist's spend a good deal of time reasearching undetected locations, which I also do during the winter months. I also visit a retired friend out west, who has access to old gold tailing piles on private property. I find a few little picker nuggets, and enjoy the heck out of it. I would love to nugget hunt more often, it's hard work, but really enjoyable! I guess we kind of have to make our own detecting adventures nowadays. Expand our detecting horizons as it were. There's an amazingly large amount of people getting into detecting over the yrs. Most don't stick with it too long because of the realities of the amount of time spent searching, to quality finds ratio, isn't that great. I guess it's the enjoyment of searching, with that possibilty of the nice old coin, or gold ring, that keeps many of us going.

Keep at it Tony, and good luck!

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Re: How many of you thought about quitting detecting for good?
Posted by: Tony N (Michigan)
Date: September 12, 2017 03:56PM
Yea, I guess it's the thrill of the hunt. One just never knows what a given spot holds. Besides, it's just nice to get out with a friend or even by myself.
Nice post!

Re: How many of you thought about quitting detecting for good?
Posted by: Nuke em
Date: September 15, 2017 02:36PM
Thought about it . Then went out detecting , its like drugs . Addicted and no will power to stop .



Uses = Minelab E.Trac , Minelab Explorer 11 (might sell) , Minelab Explorer XS , Minelab Equinox 800 x 2 (ordered) , Garrett Probes , Gray Ghost/ Nugget Busters

I'm in the same boat Nuke em !N/T
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Date: September 15, 2017 10:07PM

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Re: How many of you thought about quitting detecting for good?
Posted by: Tony N (Michigan)
Date: September 18, 2017 01:39PM
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Thought about it . Then went out detecting , its like drugs . Addicted and no will power to stop .

I wonder if there's a Metal Detector Anonymous or MDA?

Re: How many of you thought about quitting detecting for good?
Posted by: Ted S
Date: September 18, 2017 02:21PM
Tony.....I quit!!! Just for today. Was out testing the new coil and got rained out after 20 minutes...:confused:

Re: How many of you thought about quitting detecting for good?
Posted by: Nuke em
Date: September 18, 2017 03:42PM
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Thought about it . Then went out detecting , its like drugs . Addicted and no will power to stop .

I wonder if there's a Metal Detector Anonymous or MDA?

If so i fell off the wagon today . I am helpless .



Uses = Minelab E.Trac , Minelab Explorer 11 (might sell) , Minelab Explorer XS , Minelab Equinox 800 x 2 (ordered) , Garrett Probes , Gray Ghost/ Nugget Busters

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