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Targets in the grass

April 04, 2019 08:29AM avatar
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glabelle
I ran across this video on YouTube.

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It's just OK, I think. I just introduced someone to metal detecting, and the first thing I want them to learn is how to get the target and leave no trace.

I differ somewhat from this video in 2 areas.

1) Probe and screwdriver: After probing, I only push the screwdriver under the coin and pry it up about 1/2". Then I put my finger in, under the coin, put the screwdriver back in, on top of the coin, and pull it out.

2) Plug: I prefer to cut a "V" in the sod.Pry it up by its hinge, retrieve the target, then push the V back into the hole. No need to remove dirt.

Teaching PINPOINTING and RETRIEVING skills is key to leaving a lawn at a private yard, park or school looking like you've never been there.

So many times, bad pinpointing results in frustration and a resulting mess. In my mind, learning how to pinpoint well is key #1.

Second, I've used a 12" long probe that I use for shallow targets ni a similar fashion to you. If I believe the target is shallow, I verify with my electronic pinpointer and then use my 'coinpopper' to remove the target with minimal grass disturbance.

Many targets are well beyond what I consider 'probe' depth and require a deep plug AND dirt removal. I cut a squarish plug with at least 5" of dirt on the roots. Removed dirt goes on a drop cloth to keep the surrounding area clean and ensure that all dirt can get back in the hole when completed. Targets in the 6" and deeper category can also be set an an angle which means they may not have pinpointed directly under the center of the coil. These often require additional time during recovery.


Rich (Utah)

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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/04/2019 08:43AM by Rich (Utah).
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Retrieving targets in grass

glabelle 192 April 03, 2019 09:37PM

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Hombre 92 April 08, 2019 07:07PM

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WM6 100 April 09, 2019 06:49AM

It really depends on where you're hunting, the grass / turf consistancy, and recovery technique.

Monte 85 April 08, 2019 05:58AM

Re: It really depends on where you're hunting, the grass / turf consistancy, and recovery technique.

glabelle 90 April 08, 2019 07:09AM

Re: It really depends on where you're hunting, the grass / turf consistancy, and recovery technique.

jmaryt 59 April 08, 2019 02:34PM

Re: It really depends on where you're hunting, the grass / turf consistancy, and recovery technique.

glabelle 71 April 08, 2019 04:26PM

Re: It really depends on where you're hunting, the grass / turf consistancy, and recovery technique.

jmaryt 72 April 08, 2019 08:23PM

Yes, those tell-tale signs can bring on some frowns.

Monte 65 April 08, 2019 08:20AM

How Did You Do? Go back and have a look.

UtahRich 73 April 08, 2019 07:19AM

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NWCindy 115 April 04, 2019 03:14PM

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jmaryt 88 April 04, 2019 06:03PM

Targets in the grass

UtahRich 80 April 04, 2019 08:29AM

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glabelle 71 April 04, 2019 08:37AM

Drop cloth

UtahRich 92 April 04, 2019 01:45PM

Re: Drop cloth

glabelle 96 April 04, 2019 05:12PM

Recoveries -

UtahRich 89 April 04, 2019 08:44PM

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Sodbuster 60 April 07, 2019 07:19PM

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jmaryt 70 April 04, 2019 10:17PM

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jmaryt 117 April 04, 2019 09:40AM



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