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Old 06-27-2018, 10:44 AM
 
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2 years from retirement and I am thinking about "filler" hobbies. Things to do in between hiking, biking, traveling, eating, wine drinking
Metal detecting has always sounded interesting, but articles I have read make it seem like its similar to playing a slot machine. Lots of work for little reward. I have access to old maps so I know the general location of old, out of the way places which, from what I understand, are the more interesting places to go hunting.

Anybody here having any fun and or luck with metal detecting in Colorado?
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Old 06-27-2018, 10:48 AM
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Location: Land of the Tonkawa and Kiowa
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Seems like doing research and finding such locations should be done first, to determine whether it would be worth it to invest in the equipment.

But in addition, finding worthwhile locations might be less of an issue than the actual access. Big brother might keep you away from most (all?) worthy sites.
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Old 06-27-2018, 11:00 AM
 
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Seems like doing research and finding such locations should be done first, to determine whether it would be worth it to invest in the equipment.

But in addition, finding worthwhile locations might be less of an issue than the actual access. Big brother might keep you away from most (all?) worthy sites.
Most of the sites of old hotels, stage stops, saloons are pretty open and accessible from my experience.
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Old 06-27-2018, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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In all of Colorado? Big state. And most of it is private or federal lands.
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Old 06-27-2018, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Keep in mind that old sites have been scoured for 100+ years and metal detectors have been part of that scouring for the last 50+ years. Also, numerous sites are or have become private property, so the scouring of the more accessible places has increased.

Metal detecting should be looked at like fishing...it is the getting out there doing it and experiencing the high country, not looking for a return on effort. Slots pay much better in that regard. Unless you want to hit public parks after festivals and events, in which case you may make a few bucks worth of change or find the occasional lost piece of jewelry
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Old 06-27-2018, 11:27 AM
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Location: Land of the Tonkawa and Kiowa
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Perhaps the equipment has improved over the years to offer better results.

Sometimes it's the journey and not the destination that matters. Maybe the act of metal detecting (like some who fish) is less about gaining items, and more just being outside and doing something fun and/or different. Maybe it's just an excuse for a party of sorts. I can see the benefit of that. Not everything of value is measured in monetary and material ways.
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Old 06-27-2018, 12:57 PM
 
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Keep in mind that old sites have been scoured for 100+ years
I used to live in a "Geo Washington slept here" town just north of Phila and metal detecting finds from the 18th and 19th century (coins mostly) were not uncommon. Granted, you won't be finding any hoards of Roman coins in Colorado :-)
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Old 06-27-2018, 01:39 PM
 
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I do it occasionally. Mainly local parks and whatnot. As others have said, you can't be in it if you are not patient and probably in it more just to be out there than for finding something. Vast majority of the time, you're going to find nothing or junk. Once in a great while you may find something more interesting. Make sure you have permission to be detecting/digging wherever you go - some places you can't just go start digging and taking artifacts/finds.
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Old 06-27-2018, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Gilbert, AZ
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How about this? A long shot, but seems like it could be fun.


https://www.npr.org/2016/03/13/46985...-head-outdoors
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Old 06-27-2018, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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Metal detecting is fun.
Hope you find a nugget.
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