Extremes in metal detecting are very difficult. This oppressive heat wave has been horrendous. It’s not just the heat that is the issue, but the digging conditions. In every season, there are things to work around. The key is having strategies for them. I metal detect year round. Some days are impossible, but I have found that I can take very little time off in a given year.
Summer Metal Detecting
Okay, let’s talk summer. Summer is great because you can hunt in the morning and evenings. You can get out before work and after. Typically, the conditions are good, but sometimes they turn bad. Thunderstorms can be a common occurrence and you have to plan for them. If you don’t have a waterproof machine, then you could be in for a rude awakening. When I get out with a non waterproof machine, I take a plastic sandwich bag with me. This makes sure that in the case of a massive downpour, my machine will get home safely. If you have headphones, you will have to think about that as well. Take a freezer bag to stuff them in. If you are hunting in the woods, you will have more time because the canopy will protect you for a while. If you are in an open field, well, good luck!
But the hardest extreme to cope with in summer is the heat. And wow, what a summer it has been. We have been in the hundreds a lot this year already and I’m getting tired of it. But there are some things you can do to beat the heat. First, recognize that open, exposed areas not near a water source are going to be brutal to dig. And remember, because it is so dry, digging up turf in this weather can be fatal to grass. You need to keep that in mind when hunting in public spaces and private lawns. I refuse to hunt in yards in these types of conditions unless I can return and make sure the grass is healing. Treat their lawn like yours and you will do well.
Farmland that is not being used is a good place to hunt. You don’t have grass to worry about most times and the digging is easier. Also, hunting in woods becomes a huge blessing in times like this. You can escape the sun and find workable ground to cover. Now, if you can find a place that is a low lying valley, you can bask in a little cooler air. I know, it’s hard to arrange a good hunt like that. If your detector is waterproof, this is the prime time to get in that water and hunt for stuff. It will keep you cool and you can get some silver and gold. Also, hunt in the very early morning and late evenings. It makes hunting at least tolerable.
And please, don’t metal detect near a storm! Lightning can travel 10 miles from the cloud base. That means that if you can hear thunder, you should take cover. It’s not worth you getting fried to get a wheat penny. Heck, or a huge gold bar.
Spring And Fall Metal Detecting
Honestly, hunting in these seasons is an absolute joy! The only problem can be the copious amounts of rain. If you have a waterproof detector, then you can simply get out anyway. But, don’t hunt yards if they will turn into mud pits. Again, you should have a plastic bag handy in case it starts raining if you are out.
Winter Metal Detecting
This is the most challenging season to hunt in. If you live in northern latitudes, then you are in for a rough go. There are, however, still a few things that you can do to help. Early winter is much easier to hunt because the ground hasn’t had a chance to freeze. This is a great time to hit open areas that you haven’t gotten to yet. If you hunt in the water, you can wear the wetsuit and keep your huting going until waters freeze.
But once things get really brutal, it is tough going. You can hunt in wooded areas. The leaves act as a blanket, allowing you to work the ground long after exposed areas are impossible. Also, make sure you have a sharper tool to work the ground. That dull, garden trowel isn’t going to cut it. Wear warm clothing (duh) and get ready for some extreme hunting.
I hunt year round. I am not deterred by bad weather. My only concern is when I am hunting well kept lawns. I refuse to hunt those areas when conditions mean I would hurt them. It’s not worth it. I have hunted in over 100 degree heat. And I have hunted when the temps fall to around 0 with 20 mph winds. It’s all a matter of strategy. People say I’m nuts, but I love this hobby. Plus, you only live once!
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