Guest Post: Stay out of that rut, get a hunting buddy


Lets face it, no matter what you do for recreation, it’s easy to get into a rut. Believe it or not, metal detecting can get monotonous at times. I find myself getting into that rut when I go to the same places over and over again, with similar (slim) results. Some detecting places are like old friends, no crowd, and easy digging, just a comfortable place to go spend the morning. Comfort is nice, but like fishing, if I don’t catch something once in a while, it’s time to move the boat!

Remember that first time you went out in public with those big old headphones, I don’t know about you, but it was a little embarrassing to me. Once I started digging up loot, I forgot about the embarrassment pretty quick.

One thing that I haven’t figured out, is my reluctance to go to a new detecting spot for the first time. Sometimes, I drive up to a new park, see two people sitting there, and turn around drive off, and go to one of my old spots, and find zilch. How dumb is that? I really don’t know what it is, but I can offer a good solution for that problem. Find yourself a hunting buddy. I discovered that if I show up with a hunting buddy, all bets are off. We get out of the truck, and start detecting; no reluctance, nothing, just go for the gusto! A hunting buddy can be a good resource for new hunting places,and a good place to learn new hunting techniques. He/she can be someone to brainstorm with, and to do research with. It is also helpful to have a second person around in case of emergency. One of my hunting buddies is over seven foot tall. I don’t think I have to worry about getting mugged when I hit the field with him!

Metal detecting is a great sport, and going with a good friend only makes it more enjoyable… Now go out and find yourself a hunting buddy!

Author: D. Whit

5 Responses to “Guest Post: Stay out of that rut, get a hunting buddy”

  • hanjixlt Says:

    I would agree 100%. Be careful who you take out detecting though. An inexperienced or negelectful metal detectorist can be quite a stressful burden on your hunt. Make sure you and your buddy both obey being ethical and respectful of property.

    I went on a hunt a few years back with a person that had no regard of property and would never fill in his holes, etc. I suggested that was a bad idea, and he blew me off. Hence, I never detected with him again. Unfortunately, a person like that can severely impact our hobby.

  • Will Says:

    I couldn’t agree more. Dump bad buddies ASAP!

  • JoAnne Says:

    Wow I could of written this article. Sounds exactly like what I do. My goal for 2007 is to gain the confidence I need to hunt different spots and to hopefully find a hunting buddy.

  • JJ Says:

    Good Article! A lot of us are the solitary type in metal detecting and getting other people involved is great, but i would have to agree on the impact a bad partner would have on the whole thing. I just came back from South Florida ( still asking myself why I came back to Wisconsin) where I was enjoying the beach and I ended up following some guy around the beach that left all his junk on the surface! I wasn’t even metal detecting!!! I could just see some kid cutting his bare foot on a pop top that he uncovered in the sand. I think finding a partner isn’t a BAD thing just as long as the rules and etiquette are followed!

  • hanjixlt Says:

    Very true. What a bummer to follow that on the beach!!! On a brighter note, I’m psyched to get my father-in-law in the detector game. He just got a used XLT for his b-day.


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