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Metal Detecting Maine!

People often wonder why there is such a buzz about metal detecting and why more and more people take to the hobby each year. There is no real answer, but hopefully through this site and forum we can help others better understand the concept. Most detectorists simply enjoy finding a piece of history left behind to disintegrate in the ground. Imagine holding a button torn from a soldier’s uniform in the 1790s or a belt buckle from the same era, or even holding between your fingers a 1724 King George the 1st Half Penny. It actually makes you think about who worked the fields on which you currently stand with your detector, and all the more anxious to see if you can dig something up and actually hold it in your hands... it's never too late to give it a try. Here are a couple tips that might help you get started if you're new to the hobby:

Investing: You can begin detecting with a minimal investment. Detectors can be purchased for as little as $100 and as much as $1,000 or more. Many accessories are available to make your detecting experience more convenient but are not necessary to fully enjoy the hobby. Choosing which detector to buy is the most difficult task involved. Determine what your budget allows and shop within that price range. You can always upgrade at a later date.

Research: Beaches, school yards and parks are great places to detect, but if you are seeking relics and old coins, a little research is necessary. Detectorists enjoy researching the lands they plan to detect. History may have been their worst subject in school but today they are avid historians for their area. There are many, many ways to research your area. This topic has its own sub forum on the message board accompanying this site.

Information on this site will be continuously updated and the accompanying forum will offer a wealth of information. Feel free to sign up (there is no charge to become a member of the forum) and browse around. We welcome everyone to share their finds, experiences and inquiries whether you are considering taking up the hobby as a newbie or you are an experienced detectorist.

We encourage anyone with a little interest to at least give this fun, family oriented hobby a try, but be cautious where you swing your machine. Permission is necessary to detect on private property and federal laws protect historic lands. If you are unsure if detecting is allowed in an area you plan to visit, ASK ahead of time. It can save you a world of headaches as well as preserve the reputation of your fellow detectorists.
Thanks for checking us out –

We hope to see you on the forum! Good luck, and happy hunting to all...!

~The MDM Team~

clipWeekend Hunts

Today at 06:18:04 PM by B.B.
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Few outings here - got down to see George for a day and we went out for a late night hunt in the freezing cold woods Friday night.  Pretty much got skunked except I managed the interesting heel plate - a style I haven't seen before.  Got out again Saturday, I got skunked again, but George managed a few keepers...

Today I got out to my 'new' spot and yet again it was another great hunt.  1816 LC was the first signal.  Other coins - a nice 1862 fatty Indian, a 1900 V Nick and a '41 Merc.  Other notables are the turn of the century Salvation Army Badge, the National Sportsman watch fob (the Elk's face comes off it 3D - pretty cool), a personalized hand-punched (cattle?) tag (I blacked out the town name)... A big tombac, a couple flat buttons, and a personalized Medic bracelet.  Also another one of those round saddle decorations with the square hole, and a leaden, silver plated rosette.

Tough going with the T2 this weekend, definitely going to send it in for the new upgrade to minimize EMI - I have no doubt that it will be a deep performer but at the moment its just too 'busy' for me.  The AT runs smooth and quiet so I hunted with it today and it did very well as usual...  George tried out the Fisher F75 and decided it wasn't to his liking and will be sticking with his AT as well.  Probably last dig before Thanksgiving for me... So Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in advance... If time allows and the ground's not frozen solid I might get in a dig or two back home in Vermont over the holiday...  Cheers, BB

PS, I tried to get the Madison and Kelly shot but George was too busy digging... :Wink:

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