How to Find Gold with a Metal Detector
As children, we all heard stories of long lost treasures out there in the world yet to be discovered. We longed to be able to go on a grand adventure to hunt down a big red X on a map that would lead us to fortune. But, for some people, it's not all about the fortune. It's about the thrill of the hunt.
What are some tips for properly using a metal detector to find gold?
Your metal detector is a sensitive and powerful piece of sensory technology. Since its only purpose is to detect metal objects, it is important that you do not wear any metal on your person while going gold hunting. This will cause your metal detector to give you a false sensor.
Once you're ready to begin, be sure to tune and ground balance your detector to allow it to get acclimated to the ground conditions. Also, remember to use coils appropriate for the ground conditions and the gold size for which you're searching. Once acclimated, sweep slowly for 4 seconds while keeping the coil parallel to the ground.
Keep your coil close to the ground and overlap your sweeps for maximum coverage. Once you receive a signal, continuing sweeping at different angles until you can pinpoint your target's location. Begin digging at the target location, being mindful to scan each load of removed dirt until you've found your target. Repeat this process until all signal targets have been found and excavated.
How can I be sure to find gold on my next hunt?
While every experienced gold hunter will have their own individual tricks of the trade, all experts in hunting gold agree on one golden rule of gold hunting. That rule is that the best way to find gold is to go hunting where gold has already been found in the past. This can prove to be the most monotonous portion of gold hunting because this requires you to do your homework and research geographical history.
The best place to research areas known for producing gold is the Internet, so your first step should be to go online to see where gold has been found, if any, in your area. Once you've done that, find a topographical map to make an expedition plan and visually scout the area. It would be beneficial for you to find out the terrain of the area because you will have to climb or walk it for long periods of time.
Not only will the terrain test your endurance, but the endurance of your metal detector will also be tested, so a coil cover is a must. Specific terrains will prove to be a challenge for certain coils, so using the correct coil with a specific terrain will be crucial in successful gold hunting. Another thing to keep in mind is that the kilohertz of your metal detector also affect the depth at which it can sense gold, so the higher the kilohertz (kHz), the more likely your detector will find a deep gold nugget.
Before heading out to the area, keep in mind that there are guides online that can help you learn proper coil handling techniques to increase the chances that your detector will be able to sense deep gold and how to make efficient use of the area in which you chose to hunt. Depending on the terrain of the area, there are specific places to check first for hidden gold.
What are the best ways to hunt gold in different terrains?
One type of terrain you could encounter is mountainous terrain. Mountainous terrain not only has its challenges with steep inclines, rough climbs, and lack of clear paths, it can also be littered with hidden caves, holes, and mines. Here, you can watch a video showing you how to prospect gold in mountainous terrain.
If you find yourself gold hunting in mountainous terrain, the first place to focus on would be any rivers or streams in the area. The second best place to hunt for gold would be near any old mines or ore-hauling roads. Please do not enter any old mining tunnels due to safety concerns.
If you find yourself hunting in a desert area, first check exposed bedrock or crevices because gold can usually be found there. Another place you could check would be washes. When deserts experience flash floods, the flood will move the gold through washes and will gather as they get stuck.
While you're out hunting, always be careful of the surrounding wildlife. Gold hunting is an exciting quest, but just like any quest, you could expose yourself to real dangers. Happy hunting and strike it rich, adventurers!