You are more at risk pumping gas beside your car than metal detecting most places.
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Got turned around once, approached some hunters for directions, no problems. In parks it is the meth heads you have to keep an eye on.It is best to stay away from hunters during open season.
I do not do that at all.
Never had a bunch of hill country folk ever approach me anywhere in the great outdoor fields and woods.
Never saw a cop or detective while out in the wilderness either.
Not sure where you are detecting but maybe you should find more safer places.
I've been using the Legend, my good finds are hidden in a small tray in the handle.Another thing to consider……
Most stop and robs are crimes of opportunity. We have detector in hand and all anyone has to do is watch a YT video of some guy finding gold and silver and expensive jewelry. Some young punk thinks easy score so either individually or in concert with others decide to try and get lucky. Detector is kinda like a neon sign saying “I find neat stuff”……
I now carry a “throw down” pouch with a couple costume rings and zero value coins. If I have to hand over then let them have the crap and they think they scored. I carry a second pouch hidden thats not so readily known. I had a friend who used an old cotton apron style nail vest. He cut a slot in one of the pouches and could slip his better finds into his front pocket and no one was the wiser, looked for everything like he was putting stuff in the pouch.
I started this post just to make people think a bit about whats around them and “what would I do if….” Not to scare, not to worry, just think.
We use this at work for inner city dog's.Obviously there are a million scenarios/situations and there are just as many responses that can turn out good or bad. It's best to think about it and try to be prepared as I've told my kids but sh!t happens.. Whether detecting or going into the grocery store anyone anywhere are at risk of something. Carrying a weapon does bring us security as well as responsibility and liabilities. Also needed is insurance to cover legal fees. I've came to the conclusion that carrying a can of mace, maybe even bear spray size, is the best option. You have to love and hate lawyers. My granddaughters are at the age they're getting mace as part of their Xmas presents this year. That's the real world we live in. Libs need to shut-up and learn this. Crazy how many movies have shown examples of this, especially since they're made in Hollywood, but the idiots still believe you don't need a self defense weapon or to fund police.
The only places I've nearly quit entirely on, are "urban" areas.... ripe with "youths"; and that's mainly due to physical munition restrictions and the fact that the law and a potential jury would not look at the situation with any sort of reality in mind (equity and whatnot)...Ssuper tell us how you really feel about them.