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Can you make a living?
Posted by: sammyd
Date: March 23, 2011 11:00AM
Hi, just wondering if anyone can tell me if you can make a living hunting full time along shore line and in shallow water.
I have been hunting as hobbie for fifteen years in all areas and was going to concentrate on beaches and ponds now.
Like to get feed back, Thanks

Most Likely not.unless a lot of luck is involved.
Posted by: Elton
Date: March 23, 2011 11:12AM
Sure you will find things of value. "BUT" it would take a lot to actually live on the profits from average detecting.........

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Re: Can you make a living?
Posted by: McDave
Date: March 23, 2011 03:07PM
If you were homeless and living in a cardboard box, you could certainly find enough to eat every day, I know I could. But you would have to take battery expenses into consideration also. Like Elton said, you would have to be extremely lucky to earn a decent living detecting every day.

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Re: Can you make a living? - NopeN/T
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Date: March 23, 2011 03:40PM

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Re: Can you make a living?
Posted by: D&P-OR
Date: March 23, 2011 03:54PM
Short answer---NO!-------Great hobby, YES-----make a living at it, NO WAY!!

Re: Can you make a living?
Posted by: Joe Dirt
Date: March 23, 2011 05:49PM
Not realistic, but wouldn't it be great.

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Date: March 23, 2011 05:51PM

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Re: Can you make a living?
Posted by: fowlercharles
Date: March 23, 2011 08:41PM
I think all those that replied here, and most likely everyone else would agree that it would be a hard low paying job and not pay the bills in these "modern times. However, I do remember way back in the 70's -80's,, or so that there were a couple of guys that did quit their high paying jobs and spent their summers(winters too I suppose) hunting the beaches (East and West coast)? They wrote about it all , so I would imagine their books are still around somewhere. From what I remember they did really well. How else would they be able to leave their high $ jobs to detect full time? And to think that the technology they were using back then could have cleaned the beaches so well that the newer Technology has to work so hard at producing for folks nowdays. Of course, they had an abundance of goodies that had accumulated over so many years that they could tap into. I remember myself with my old BFO even in the old farm sites I hunted, I always came home with some silver. Those two beach hunting dudes were really "raking it in"and you can believe "the good ole days" would have special meaning to them . Sammyd, I would have to believe that turning such an enjoyable hobby into a "job" would turn out to have some downsides, though some folks do find their way in life doing just that. If it was 70's or 80's now I would say "go for it", but it ain';t so I won't. Lol, HH, Charlie

Re: Can you make a living?
Posted by: slingshot
Date: March 23, 2011 10:14PM
I did it for 6 months. I had a van equipped with a bed and used 12v lighting. I had a 12 volt fan and soaked myself in water at night and by a.m. the clothing and bedding would be completely dried by the fan and I was cool all night long in the East Texas heat. I had a plastic bag solar hot water heater w/spout that I used for showering at nite. In winter I simply doubled two sleeping bags and kept the next days clothing in the bags w/me to keep them warm and changed while in the sleeping bags. I cooked meals with one of those partitioned frying pans and simply put the heat on the side of the pan where the frying was done and the slower cooked items then heated correctly on the other side. I used pennies for battery money, and the rest for expenses. Unfortunately, I was not as much into gold searching as now, and relied too much on target id. But even if I had found some gold-it was no way to live. I'm now at Wally World-where I parked the van at nites for free.

Re: Can you make a living?
Posted by: McDean
Date: March 24, 2011 03:22AM
I think unless you are a dedicated gold hunter, forget about it. Then you have to have gold bearing sites, specialty machines costing thousands.

If I had the $$ bet your butt I'd be in australia with a gpx 3 months out of the year, and take it easy the other 9... anyone want to invest in me? Haha

Re: Can you make a living?
Posted by: Cupajo
Date: March 24, 2011 08:01AM
Good Question!! "Make a living" can mean many different things.

Generally, I would say that metal detecting for a living offers a whole new meaning to the words "minimum wage"!

As a fun, usually low paying, way to supplement retirement income when you are free to travel and explore, but are financially secure...............maybe.

Two things need consideration, one--it is a fact that when you have to work at something you enjoy doing to pay bills..........somehow the fun is lost (IT BECOMES A JOB!).

The second thing is that any bad weather or physical ailment stops hunting and income in its tracks!

In the early '80s when I bought my first detector I had a full time job (and still do) and for a few short years considered MDing as my second job. I spent every spare moment hunting and after three years or so felt burned out!

When gold and silver started climbing in value I sold my stash for a tidy sum. A few simple calculations revealed that I would have made more money per hour at almost any menial job................, but I wouldn't have had nearly as much fun!


Re: Can you make a living? I love this subject!
Posted by: mudpuppy
Date: March 24, 2011 08:42AM
Its a dream I'm sure many of us have had...good points in the replys too...With the prices of precious metals, and if your location was correct, you might do very well. You definitely have a better chance of finding great wealth than playing the lottery. It might be a meteorite, or a trove, or just a massive amount of bling, Clad stabbin may get you 10 bucks a day, and is fun and a good way to learn how to "read sign" regarding humans, and learn your machine. Every town it seems has a "subsistance hunter" theres a guy here who rides a 3 wheeled bike, and picks up empty cans for a dime a piece, and also swings a coil, He's up early, and out everyday, even in the winter, I suppose he pulls 20 bucks a day on cans, and knocks down some clad and jewelry during the summer..Hes at every sidewalk tear out, under the bleachers after every game, at the beach after every big weekend, ransacking the alleys...I've had to time my schedule to his, to get there first. He doesn't know this of course, and wouldn't know me if he saw me, but I've watched him plenty... Anyway Sammy, good luck, you are just one swing from the treasure, so what are you sitting inside for?..!

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Re: Can you make a living?
Posted by: Joe Dirt
Date: March 24, 2011 07:25PM
If detecting was your job you would have to come up with one heck of a hobby.

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Date: March 24, 2011 08:00PM

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Re: Can you make a living?
Posted by: slingshot
Date: March 24, 2011 10:31PM
But now when retirement hits....!

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