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'tis the season for UK detecting.

November 01, 2018 08:02AM avatar
My preferred detecting season here in Eastern Oregon, USA generally starts by late February and runs through mid-November. The down-time for me is when the temperatures drop into the 20° F and continue to plummet into the teens, single digit, and in our record-setting winter two years back down to the -20°F up to -12°F range. During our winters I stay inside and relax as I fuel the wood stove and do some research.

We are entering our prime detecting time here in the UK,ground conditions are about the best that they can be especially after deep ploughing as this usually brings up new finds, but must admit in the last 2-3 years deep ploughing has given way too direct drilling of seed into the ground, ... Of course not so good for us detectorists as we rely on deep turning of the soil.
Since you seem to have limited access to common public places such as parks, etc., and the bulk of your searches are on permissions to access pasture and plowed fields, it seems like most videos I see have the UK folks out in plowed land that seems to usually be in rather muddy conditions. I suppose the loosened plowed terrain and being wet rather that dry, hard and packed, makes target recoveries much easier.

I used to hunt a lot of plowed farm and ranch land here in the USA but it was usually not very muddy at all. But for twenty-five years I have needed a cane to get around and I discovered early-on that canes and mud do not make a good mix. My mobility is impaired enough without having a cane sinking into the soft and wet ground or trying to get the cane un-stuck before I end up on the muddy ground myself.

Main machine that i have been shooting from the hip this year has been a mixture of both old and new detectors,older models that i use for mainly the superb discrimination are the IDX Pro,Laser B1 and B3 these are the UK version of the older Bandido range as i understand it,one is manual and the other is fixed,if i am honest i still love using the fixed B3 version which is basically the same as one of my other cult machines the Silver Sabre 11.I also use a Laser Trident 2 Extreme this is the UK version of the Vaquero but basically on steroids ie 18khz,fixed and manual GB and other internal tweaks on audio and also the discrimination for the UK ground conditions and also our finds as well,but when connected with the NEL Snake coil becomes a deadly combination on our trashy saxon sites.
I also keep my simple quick-response/fast-recovery modified Classic ID and Bandido II µMAX and Silver Sabre µMAX ready to tackle most of the challenging sites I hunt. And preferring smaller-size search coils in the 5" to 7" size since '71/'72, my Classic ID is outfitted with a 5½" Concentric coil and all my Tesoro's have a 6" Concentric mounted. Bigger coils are in an Accessory Coil Tote, but most see little use as the smaller sizes prevail.

My current favourite combination is my old faithful the original green T2 from 2006/7 this is currently decked out with the ultra rare 6'' Coiltek DD coil,only about a dozen had been made,but this basically has the same characteristic as the 5'' coil but slightly more ground coverage and also slightly more depth,this T2 with small coils on ie 5'' and Nel Sharpshooter has found me more gold coins than most of my other detectors including celtic gold staters 55bc,George111 full guinea and others,i have not had the Coiltek 6'' coil long enough to find me gold as yet,but it has all ready found me some superb silver hammered coins.
I use to use a T2 and T2 Classic but almost exclusively with only the 5" DD coil. That role is now handled mostly with my Nokta-Makro devices, mainly the FORS CoRe and FORS Relic, using smaller 'OOR' and 5" DD coils. I also have an MX-7 that I keep a 6½" Concentric coil mounted to, and an Anfibio Multi w/7" Concentric doing the most work. Again, preferring the smaller coils most often.

Over this last couple of years have drifted away from stock size or larger coils to smaller coils,i still have a substantial amount of coils and they all have uses varying from say 4''; right upto 20'' in the case of the TDI Pro(pulse),of course the large heavy hitters as i call them are for site specific use as most of my coils are,i do have access to large pasture permissions and this is when i would use a very large coil combination as the ground conditions are pretty clear from junk and may main targets are of course deep 'large' artifact which could be a hoard which we here in the UK.
Yes, the smaller-size search coils are very valuable tools that seem to be often overlooked by a lot of hobbyists who keep going to bigger-size coils and ignoring the smaller sizes .... until they finally learn better. I also have some bigger-size search coils I maintain in a tote for specific site search needs, but the smaller coils, and up to those like a 7" Concentric or a 5X9½ elliptical DD in what I call a mid-size, do get used more than 'standard' to larger-size coils.

Within the next couple of weeks we are back out again on a roman site which has produced the same silver roman coins in a very tight radius,this usually indicates one thing a pot/container hoard that has been scattered by deep ploughing and has clipped the top of the container off and keeps dragging a few more coins up after each ploughing,you can for the most part start seeing a pattern as the coins have been dragged,but as yet we have not actually located the pot/container of course a pot is not guaranteed as the coins/artifacts could have been placed in the ground in say a leather pouch or even a wooden container that has long since rotted away.
This is where most Avid Detectorists here in the USA envy those in the UK and elsewhere that have many centuries of history with large concentrations of people. We get excited here in the US to find coins and artifacts only back into the early 1800's and on very rare occasions an individual specimen or two into the 1700's. Definitely an encouragement for UK Detectorists to keep enjoying their opportunities to get out searching. thumbs up

That basically is what is happening here and how i tend to detect,of course the detectors and coils that i use are seen by me as the best tools for the job,and we all adapt our detecting for the targets and ground condition in our own parts of the world ...
Good advise to readers is to select detectors and coils for the tasks they take on and not simply what someone else seems to fancy.

... still love detecting even after all these years,the No1 one thing for me is the enjoyment factor that it brings,its a much wider thing for me than just detecting,meeting new friends,wildlife and also the exercise it gives me.
I couldn't agree more, and that's another reason why I have long enjoyed my Relic Hunting adventures out into the country and into the hills and mountain areas, to enjoy the countryside views, the wildlife (except snakes) and just the adventure of having 'fun.'

Best of success to you as your hunting season progresses.


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Ready for a new month of detecting, and just hoping for favorable weather.

Monte 398 October 31, 2018 02:43PM

Re: Ready for a new month of detecting, and just hoping for favorable weather.

Kickindirt 231 November 02, 2018 03:54PM

Re: Ready for a new month of detecting, and just hoping for favorable weather.

OregonGregg 245 November 03, 2018 05:54AM

Re: Ready for a new month of detecting, and just hoping for favorable weather.

Kickindirt 249 November 03, 2018 04:22PM

Re: Ready for a new month of detecting, and just hoping for favorable weather.

Remfire 232 November 03, 2018 06:23PM

Heading into the home stretch

OregonGregg 264 November 01, 2018 05:17AM

'Snagging' accomplished (see White's Forum). The 11th looks favorable.

Monte 266 November 02, 2018 05:54AM

Re: Ready for a new month of detecting, and just hoping for favorable weather.

RickUK 252 October 31, 2018 09:24PM

'tis the season for UK detecting.

Monte 263 November 01, 2018 08:02AM

Re: Ready for a new month of detecting, and just hoping for favorable weather.

Timbertodd 217 October 31, 2018 07:16PM

Ample coils available, and I don't anticipate an Anfibio 'Pro Pack.'

Monte 243 November 01, 2018 06:38AM

Re: Ready for a new month of detecting, and just hoping for favorable weather.

Timbertodd 239 October 31, 2018 07:14PM

Weather; hard vs soft ground; anticipated coin recoveries.

Monte 235 November 01, 2018 03:30AM

Re: Weather; hard vs soft ground; anticipated coin recoveries.

Timbertodd 232 November 01, 2018 06:37AM

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