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Newbie wanting to learn

Mac XLT (PA/NY)

New member
Hi all,

I'm trying to get back into metal detecting again. I have a Whites XLT Spectrum. Bought it back in 1998 right after my dad passed. Metal detecting
was one of those things we wanted to do together but never found the time. So after he passed, I bought the XLT.
Then married the now ex-wife shortly after and never could find the time to go detecting.

My fiancée has a home in Pocono, Pa and I still have a home on Long Island. Used my XLT about a dozen or so times in the past. My XLT still looks new. I'm embarrassed to say that. With the little detecting I did back then. I never found anything to be proud of.

I'm hoping some of the veterans here can take me under their wing by giving me some pointers. Such as getting the most out of my detector, where to hunt and any other advice that would make my hunting more enjoyable by finding something other than pull tabs.

Thanks for reading. Hope to hear from some of you.
 

Ronstar

Well-known member
Hello from N Idaho! Just read the owners manual and get out there. A couple hours here and there and dig everything that sounds off. Eventually you will start to understand your machine and begin calling it before you dig it. Just remember, when you were 18 months old you started to walk and fell down a-lot, then you started running everywhere but kept falling and skinning up your knees and elbows, then you discovered track and won a trophy or two, eventually you got into longer hiking sessions and found places of beauty. Then old age creeps in and you walk a lot slower, going down to dig what you found is more like controlled falling but when you find that first really old coin or gold ring you’re right back to running around with skinned up elbows and knees again!!! 😂😂
The quirky little things that you get into the folks on the White’s Forum will chime in.
 

Mac XLT (PA/NY)

New member
Hello from N Idaho! Just read the owners manual and get out there. A couple hours here and there and dig everything that sounds off. Eventually you will start to understand your machine and begin calling it before you dig it. Just remember, when you were 18 months old you started to walk and fell down a-lot, then you started running everywhere but kept falling and skinning up your knees and elbows, then you discovered track and won a trophy or two, eventually you got into longer hiking sessions and found places of beauty. Then old age creeps in and you walk a lot slower, going down to dig what you found is more like controlled falling but when you find that first really old coin or gold ring you’re right back to running around with skinned up elbows and knees again!!! 😂😂
The quirky little things that you get into the folks on the White’s Forum will chime in.
Hi Ronstart, thank you for the advice. Definitely makes a lot of sense. What types of places would you recommend detecting at ? State parks, ? There is tons of State Forests here. Dog parks? Soccer fields ? I'm guessing all of the above. Any places I didn't mention that you would recommend?
 

Mac XLT (PA/NY)

New member
Hi Ronstart, thank you for the advice. Definitely makes a lot of sense. What types of places would you recommend detecting at ? State parks, ? There is tons of State Forests here. Dog parks? Soccer fields ? I'm guessing all of the above. Any places I didn't mention that you would recommend?
Thanks again for your advice !
 

Ronstar

Well-known member
Check any and all laws regarding city/county/state/federal properties. Any private property permission is good as gold. You will see a lot of folks here hit old school grounds, parking strips, etc. Good place to start as most schools are pretty good at letting people on, just abide by any restrictions they request (how deep, middle of the football/baseball field) or distance from buildings. Church summer camps, boy scout camps, etc. The worst answer you will ever get is No but you’ll never know until you ask.
 

Mac XLT (PA/NY)

New member
Check any and all laws regarding city/county/state/federal properties. Any private property permission is good as gold. You will see a lot of folks here hit old school grounds, parking strips, etc. Good place to start as most schools are pretty good at letting people on, just abide by any restrictions they request (how deep, middle of the football/baseball field) or distance from buildings. Church summer camps, boy scout camps, etc. The worst answer you will ever get is No but you’ll never know until you ask.
 

Mac XLT (PA/NY)

New member
Thank you very much Ronstar. I sincerely appreciate your advice ! I will certainly look into everything you listed. I am within 5 miles of a boy scout camp and surrounded by state land.
 

Mac XLT (PA/NY)

New member
One other question. When you get permission to metal detect on someone's property. Do they keep everything you find ? Is there a rule of thumb that metal detectorists follow ? Like a 50/50 split ?
 

Ronstar

Well-known member
Wide open area there...... I usually tell landowner I will show them what I find but would like to keep coins primarily. Finding old jewelry or toys etc could be a family heirloom and returning that is a good deed. Some guys have a generic permission form to be signed by both owner and yourself whereas any restrictions are outlined and whether or not the owner wants anything. There is usually a clause that states you hold the owner harmless for injuries you might get or damage to your equipment etc. Where Im at simple permission is all thats needed. I do tho keep record of who I spoke with, time, and location/phone number. Biggest courtesy is to leave the property as you found it, this gets you a good reputation......
 
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