It's been my experience that one of the secrets to having a successful outdoor treasure hunt is first being organized. You take a little extra time and come up with a plan or objective, then implement the plan and follow through. I never leave home on my treasure hunting trips without knowing exactly where I'm going and what I'm looking for. Taking a little extra time to plan can pay off in the long run. Whether your going out for an hour or a day,the plain truth is don't leave home without first having a plan.
Here is a list of key things you i think you need to consider before you leave on your trip.
research the place that you intend on treasure hunting.
I feel this is one of the most important steps in becoming successful. Your site selection is crucial .There are a lot of ways to find out about a particular area that you're interested in hunting. Obviously the internet would be the first choice. I don't think there's anything you can't find by doing a Google or bing search. we are so lucky to be living in an age where all the information we need about a subject is just a click away.
You also have your local library. Read up on the history or your area. I've often found great info that can be used to aid in site selection in old newspapers. You can always find copy of old newspapers and old maps in most library's. The best part of this is it won't cost you a dime. Just a little of your time.
I guess my favorite way of finding out about an area is simply talking to the people who've lived there the longest. Don't bypass the older generation. They are a gold mine of information. They can tell you more about the history of an area than any book. Take a note pad and take notes if you want. It's easy to forget little details that might lead to something later on. I can guarantee you that you will be amazed at some of the stories and insights that they have. Research...research...research.
make sure you get permission first if it's private property.
This can be as important as doing the research, and it's just plain common sense. You never,never ever want to go onto someone else's property without first
obtaining permission from the owner. If you get caught trespassing, you've just opened yourself up to a world of problems .
Some people do this because they think well no one will know ,I'll sneak in, i'm not gonna get caught. But believe me, you never know who's watching. It's just not worth the trouble. GET PERMISSION FIRST! It's easier than paying a big fine or even worse.
make sure your equipment is in good working order and make sure you always have fresh batteries.
Without good equipment you might as well not even bother.You're just spinning your wheels. Good equipment is essential to a successful treasure hunt. I personally use a bounty hunter brand detector. It is awesome machine to work with. It's very light weight and easy to use. Very sensitive. I can highly recommend it above all of the others I've used. Battery drain seems to be minimal, which is something that we forget about sometimes. Batteries are usually the last thing on my mind when I'm on an outdoor treasure hunt. That's why I always carry spare batteries. There's nothing worse than being in the field and have your batteries go dead. It'll stop you dead in your tracks. Day over!
leave the hunting site the way you found it.
When and if you do get permission to explore on private property, you always want to make sure that you leave it the same way you found it. Someone was nice enough to let you explore on their property, so them that you appreciate the gesture by respecting their wishes. Please Cover up your holes and pick up any trash you might have accumulated . If you dig up a lot of "trash" make sure you have a separate container to deposit it in. I like to use an old painters apron. You can pick up one of these from Home Depot for a couple of bucks. Keep it separated from anything of value.Before throwing anything away, Always take another look through the rubbish pile, you never know what you could've missed. I found and old water faucet once. I really didn't think too much of it and was going to throw it away. But after a second look, I discovered that it had copper fittings that were worth a few bucks.
These have been just a few of the things I consider before I go hunting. If you practice some or all of these things, I'll guarantee
you'll have a more successful hunt.
I wish you happy hunting and good fortune!
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