What To Do In A Metal Detecting Slump

Sooner or later you will hit a real slump when metal detecting.  For silver lovers, this means that you won’t find silver for a while.  For relic hunters, you just won’t be able to find those three ringers or plates.  Whatever you’re hunting for, there are ways to cope with your slump.

First, most detectorists are pretty hardcore and can put a lot of pressure on themselves.  This is especially bad when you start trolling through forums and watching videos on youtube.  Then it seems everyone but you is getting stuff.  This is simply hogwash.  Lots of people go through slumps.  I see it as a normal part of cycles.  So, the first thing you need to do is give yourself a freaking break!

Sometimes it is good to take your focus off detecting for a bit.  We tend to be very obsessive folks and detecting is, well, addicting.  But sometimes you just need to walk away and do something else for a while.  It will clear your head and reignite your passion.  If you find yourself going to locations and not enjoying it – stop!

Believe it or not, slumps can be a very good thing.  Slumps can often come after working sites for a while.  This usually means you have cleared most of the items out of the way.  Well, until you get a better detector!  But it can mean you’ve been doing your work.  If this is the case, you should be congratulating yourself, not beating yourself up.  It just means that it’s time to start putting some new sites into your rotation.  So, start that researching and get asking!

There are some times when technique or site selection is to blame.  If that’s the case, you need to stop and reassess your methods.  However, if your method is sound, sooner or later the finds will start back up.

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One Comment to “What To Do In A Metal Detecting Slump”

  1. Nooberz says:

    Very well thought out ideas. Everyone hits those slumps, sometimes a month long and it is frustrating. When you find that one keeper, they start flooding back in.

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