Metal detecting for some is a real passion, with people travelling far and wide to fuel their treasure hunting adventures. Some are once a week treasure hunters while others only when on holiday and then there are people who do this for a living. Metal detecting can be profitable if your finds are good and not just can after can or ring pulls trying to fool you into thinking they are coins. Others like to do this just as a hobby maybe only managing to it once a week and just locally. Whether a professional metal detective or an amateur hobbyist many people get great satisfaction out of metal detecting.
To avoid the can after can syndrome choose the places carefully for your detection adventures and increase your chances of making a very profitable find. Here are some tips on places more likely to produce some good finds.
Public places and places where you find people regularly are always hot spots as things are always falling out of pockets waiting hidden in grass or sand just out of sight for you to come along and discover. Finders keepers that the way it works out of someone's pocket and into yours. So some of the best places would be public parks and recreational facilities. These are particularly good just after any public holiday or special event as more people will have visited meaning more chance of things being lost. Busy beaches are a wonderful place to find lost articles some new some old, even car parks at scenic view point's can hold hidden gems waiting to be discovered. Think about the metal detector type you have as well as some are better kept away from salt water. Don't use a detector in water unless it is designed to be used their otherwise you will permanently damage it.
Public places where people hang out today looked good but places where people used to go or lived and worked can also be rewarding especially when hunting for older artefacts'. Ghost towns, forts, old industrial and dockyard sites can have lots of hidden goodies. These places are very often overlooked just because no one goes there anymore. When exploring these sites make sure that you are not going onto private property or you may find yourself fleeing from a guard dog or two.
Doing some historical research can turn up some great places that haven't been explored for years or even decades. Historical groups can be contacted in your area to get useful information from and they are always keen to talk about historical places so you won't have to try hard. Archived copies of old maps and newspapers are also a great source of information on what used to be in and around an area. So visit the local library and see what you can find in their archives that could put you on the route to some valuable finds. I hope this helps you to discover some more places to try out your detecting skills.