Hunting parks - your opinions please.

cupajo

Well-Known Member
#21
I love parks because they are training grownds for any detectorest. If your digging pull tabs and all pennies then your living the life of a detectorest. The secret is to learn your machine buy spending time in the parks and read the owners manual until your eyes blur. Read it until you have it memorized. You will know what to do when your detector is acting a certain way, and you will know why, and how to fix it.

You should get to a point where you are passing up some junk beacuse you recognize the sound. You have heard it and dug it up enough to know it's junk, no doubt.

I hear people say, just dig everything. Well that is true when your starting out, but as time passes you shouldn't need to dig everything because it's a waste of time. You have learned what your detector is telling you.

After your in this hobby for a while someone is going to ask you, what is the best detector? The is no right answer to that question, hopfully you have done your reasure before you bought you detector and it will be the best one for you because you will beleive that you have done your home work. You will know before you buy your detector if it's the right one for you because yopur going to be doing postpecting, coin shooting, relic hunting, "what ever". You have researched before you bought, you've asked other folks what should your expectations be with this type of detector.

Then if you've read your owners manual until your eyse are sore, and dug until you know what is is before you retrieve it .

I have known people who didn't want to dig another pennie, or retrieve anothr pop top. Oh, they still want the gold rings. This isn't going to happen until they make a detector that can tell pop tops from gold rings.

That's what I would tell a NEWBIE, I think that would be the most helpful advice.

Cupajo
 

teamroper

Well-Known Member
#22
Let me put my two cents in about parks. If it wasn't for parks my CW stuff that I've found would be at a minimum. Between myself and the other two "Relic Raiders", we've found over 100 CW bullets and numerous other CW items such as buttons, spurs, saddle shields, etc. The interesting part about this whole thing is that I know MANY people have been over these parks and obviously nobody found these areas. The bad part is that you pretty much have to dig up EVERYTHING. Case in point.

I'm gonna tell you something that made all the difference in my MDing. As I'm sure you've already experienced you will find anything and everything in a park but there are a few things to keep in mind. In MY area and with MY machine, there are a lot of pulltabs and soda bottle screwcaps BUT almost all of the CW bullets I've found read in the same range as the screwcaps. So up till last fall I was doing what everyone else was doing. Digging up 5 or 6 screwcaps, throwing them in my trash pouch and then IGNORING every signal that came up with that same number after that. WRONG!! That was the worst thing I could do.

When Sean dug up that first CW bullet in the park I put my machine (White's Spectrum XLT) on it and took a reading. It showed up the same as a screwcap. FINALLY the light went on upstairs. Long story short. In the next hour Sean and I found 26 bullets in that same area and in the next 3 months we found 3 CW campsites (two union and one confederate) within 150 of each other. Here's another little thing to remember. I don't care if 50 MDers have been there I'm sure they didn't find everything. Another case in point. Sean and I had been talking about a small little grassy spot that was just inside the park area that we really wanted to hunt sometime. Unfortunately, we both couldn't get there the same time to check the area out so the first chance he got, he and his brother hit it.

He told me the following day that they had hit it and didn't find anything of value. For some reason that place just ate at me and I decided to hit it myself later that week. Now keep in mind that this area is only about 1/2 acre. When I finally got a chance to go I walked up on the area and surveyed it. The one thing that kept going through my mind was that if I were on horseback where would I tie up my horse. I looked at a clump of trees in the middle of the plot and walked right towards it. When I got to the first tree I got a hit right off the bat. Long story short, I found 10 bullets there that day and then the other two "Relic Raiders" assisted me the next weekend and we found probably another 25 bullets right among that small clump of trees. But here's the interesting part. Sean and his brother had been within 10 feet of these trees but for whatever reason had not MD'd around them.

So if you THINK there are some CW bullets out there I would get a reading off of one before you head out there and just keep that number in the back of your mind. Again, this is just my two cents but I hope it helps you in your finds. If you go back to my earlier posts from last fall you can see all the CW "stuff" we found. If it hadn't been for that one little "note" that I put in my head I would have never found, or even thought about CW stuff being in that area. Again, just my two cents. Good luck and keep us posted. :)
 

MJMcCallie

Well-Known Member
#23
Let me put my two cents in about parks. If it wasn't for parks my CW stuff that I've found would be at a minimum. Between myself and the other two "Relic Raiders", we've found over 100 CW bullets and numerous other CW items such as buttons, spurs, saddle shields, etc. The interesting part about this whole thing is that I know MANY people have been over these parks and obviously nobody found these areas. The bad part is that you pretty much have to dig up EVERYTHING. Case in point.

I'm gonna tell you something that made all the difference in my MDing. As I'm sure you've already experienced you will find anything and everything in a park but there are a few things to keep in mind. In MY area and with MY machine, there are a lot of pulltabs and soda bottle screwcaps BUT almost all of the CW bullets I've found read in the same range as the screwcaps. So up till last fall I was doing what everyone else was doing. Digging up 5 or 6 screwcaps, throwing them in my trash pouch and then IGNORING every signal that came up with that same number after that. WRONG!! That was the worst thing I could do.

When Sean dug up that first CW bullet in the park I put my machine (White's Spectrum XLT) on it and took a reading. It showed up the same as a screwcap. FINALLY the light went on upstairs. Long story short. In the next hour Sean and I found 26 bullets in that same area and in the next 3 months we found 3 CW campsites (two union and one confederate) within 150 of each other. Here's another little thing to remember. I don't care if 50 MDers have been there I'm sure they didn't find everything. Another case in point. Sean and I had been talking about a small little grassy spot that was just inside the park area that we really wanted to hunt sometime. Unfortunately, we both couldn't get there the same time to check the area out so the first chance he got, he and his brother hit it.

He told me the following day that they had hit it and didn't find anything of value. For some reason that place just ate at me and I decided to hit it myself later that week. Now keep in mind that this area is only about 1/2 acre. When I finally got a chance to go I walked up on the area and surveyed it. The one thing that kept going through my mind was that if I were on horseback where would I tie up my horse. I looked at a clump of trees in the middle of the plot and walked right towards it. When I got to the first tree I got a hit right off the bat. Long story short, I found 10 bullets there that day and then the other two "Relic Raiders" assisted me the next weekend and we found probably another 25 bullets right among that small clump of trees. But here's the interesting part. Sean and his brother had been within 10 feet of these trees but for whatever reason had not MD'd around them.

So if you THINK there are some CW bullets out there I would get a reading off of one before you head out there and just keep that number in the back of your mind. Again, this is just my two cents but I hope it helps you in your finds. If you go back to my earlier posts from last fall you can see all the CW "stuff" we found. If it hadn't been for that one little "note" that I put in my head I would have never found, or even thought about CW stuff being in that area. Again, just my two cents. Good luck and keep us posted. :)
Exactly! Dig all your targets. If you don't your gonna miss out. We have found CW stuff, jewelry, silver coins, etc.....
 

sojourner

COINSTAR KING
#24
Like any other sites, parks can be good or bad. Most of the parks I've hunted have given up varying amounts of clad coins, pull tabs, shredded cans, oddball junk, and some miscellaneous items too numerous to mention. A few of the parks gave up Indian Head cents, Liberty Head Nickels, and Barber coins. Though I can't speak for everyone it seems that the good finds I've made in parks happened quite a while ago and now I'm just digging the common stuff.
 
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majakldragon

Well Known Member
Staff member
Administrator-Site Founder
#25
Some very good finds can be made if you are willing to wade through the trash. Use the smallest coil and go very slow, I've been known to just use the pinpointer. Clear out an area of about 5x5 and then go to the next. Its a slow process and many refuse to hunt parks for this very reason.
 

wildlife

Well-Known Member
#26
There's a park a few blocks from my house , in the last couple years I have found over $62.00 in clad . I checked my I-Detect log and was surprised at the amount , but only a few wheats a rosie and a silver quarter . I didn't think I would find anything really good , but on a couple trips dug a silver plated ring and a sterling ring . Then I went a few more times and dug everything , in this park you can't go two feet without a pulltab or bottle cap . I got a nickel signal and dug my biggest gold ring , a 7.1 gram 14k ring . It gets frustrating digging trash but its better than sitting at home . Been working 6 days a week and haven't detected in over a month and think I forgot how , maybe I'll hit the park this afternoon .
 

ExArtyM109a6

Well-Known Member
#28
Parks!! Oh the Joy and agony!! You can and will find anything! Like Kevin said! I like Parks have dug in quite a few. Found that or me at least I do better if I try to find the ball fields. Then imagine where the people might sit during a game. Look for spots that look like good picnic spots. I found out after spending a ton of time in the trees of one park in my old home town? That part had been a old town dump covered over, Beale.
Speaking of agony, last week I found a complete sprinkler system buried at the park I'm hunting so today i moved to the swing/sand area and this was my greatest find of the day...i left with my head hung low lol
 

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vipergts2

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#29
What to expect in a park? here is a sampling of my park finds. I have found a few silver dimes, some wheats, a lot of clad. Then there are the pull tabs, bottle caps, can slaw, broken watches and sun glasses, a lock, various bits of car parts, scrap, rings. Pretty much anything and everything
 

teamroper

Well-Known Member
#30
You know, a lot may come down to just where you live or where the park is located. Luckily here is Tenn there has been a lot going on around my local vicinity in the last 150 yrs. Maybe a lot of other places that may not be the case. It's hard to hit a place that you know is loaded with trash but it only takes an old piece of silver, CW bullet or a ring to get me jump started again on a park that has been hammered.
 

sandfisher

Well-Known Member
#31
Started a new park a few weeks ago. Very little trash. A lotof area to cover. And the area is surrounded by trees giving more area to detect. I remember growing up in this area and there used to be horses on this land So it might be promising as this gives a rise to what may be found here.
Blackhawk park in Pasadena.
Found 33 modern coins and Japanese 1 yen

sandfisher
 
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