Fun, Fruitful, and Safe Metal Detecting Season

As we all take advantage of the warmth of the season and set out on summer-induced treasure hunting treks, a few important notes on safety is in order.
 
•Gone fishing, er, metal detecting
Whether you’re going on a planned treasure metal detecting trip or a casual walkabout in a nearby beach or park, leave word. A simple note or message to anyone—family member, roommate, neighbor—or just stick a post-it on the door, the refrigerator, or hang it on fido’s collar. Any information on where you’ve gone will help in case the unexpected happens. They call them emergencies for a reason.
 
•A little reconnaissance goes a long way
Sometimes, thinking of a metal detecting jaunt as a “mission” helps. Planning and research can go a long way toward ensuring your trip is successful and safe. As exciting as that hint of danger might seem, the glamour evaporates when you find yourself trapped in a sudden downpour and caught on low ground in a possible flash flood. At the very least, check out weather forecasts for the dates and locations of your treasure metal detecting.
 
Varying locations can mean varying hazards, but that doesn’t mean it’s all bad news. This is not about being a party pooper, the point is not to get caught unawares or at the very least, have a back-up plan in case something does happen. You don’t have to lug a survival kit along with your metal detector.
 
This is what makes a little planning essential. Safety precautions can mean something as simple as wearing protective clothing that can guard you against poison ivy, ensuring that you have some way to call for help when necessary, or even just having some information on what to watch out for.
 
One example would be knowing to wear thick and hard-soled footwear when hunting old areas and structures; learning whether the old homestead has been totally abandoned will alert you to the likelihood of rotten floorboards and old exposed nails that will make short work of soft rubber-soled shoes. Another would be finding if the area you’re going to hunt has cell phone reception. You’ll be glad to know this bit of information when a crisis strikes and you need to call for help.
 
•Detectorist overboard!
Taking too much stuff may be a rookie mistake but the opposite—underestimating the elements—veteran cockiness might just be as bad. Don’t go nuts packing for every possible emergency, that’s impractical and well, dumb. Do your best to keep it simple.
Pack your metal detecting gear, dress appropriately, take the weather into account, always make sure to have hydration, bring necessary protection (bear spray, pepper spray, or whatever is applicable), and lastly, make sure to have a way to call for help.
 
Make your summer adventures all about fun. Getting everything else all lined up will leave you free to go treasure hunt in relative peace of mind. Covering your bases by not going blind and uninformed into a certain location new or old keeps you in good hunting form. Happy hunting!

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