Metal Detecting Clubs

23 May 2011

You might be tempted to think that there is little more to metal detecting than finding change at the beach or in a park, but there is a lot more to it than that. Adventure and opportunity are what metal detecting is about, with the possibility of find something that may be from centuries ago. These adventures and treasures can be yours through metal detecting club membership.

Although it is great solitary pastime, this hobby is more interesting for some when there are others around to share the excitement. In a club, you have the possibility of encountering people with an equal enthusiasm for the things you like. Your grasp of metal detecting's more effective practiced will be strengthened by being in contact with other enthusiasts. There is a wealth of information about equipment related to metal detecting, locales and methods available from the members of your club. Your future activities can be more focused by sharing stories and finds with other members.

For less than $25 or so, yearly membership in a club is available to anyone who wants to join. Otherwise, you need only follow the rules of the club to join, and anyone can join. Invariably, the metal detecting club will have a code of ethics that is strict. No trespassing is usually the number one rule, and this makes good sense. Holes that have been dug for digging up finds must be filled afterwards and the natural landscape must be respected whenever possible by not littering.

Organized outings and special targeted hunts are two of the benefits to be had from membership in a club. The security of being a part of a group is provided by this, as well as a sense of having friends with a common purpose. The research and guessing needed to determine where to aim your metal detector are already done for you by the other members of the club. It is also a big help not to have to spend time checking the need for permission nor obtaining permission to explore a given piece of property or area of public lands. Currency on the laws in your community related to metal detecting will be a priority for the club as well.

There may also be a periodic, even monthly newsletter or email sent out by the club to keep members updated on the latest organized trips, meetings and the latest secrets and tips. It is not uncommon nowadays for clubs to have an online forum for members where they can share their experiences through photos and even videos, not to mention posting comments, questions and stories of treasure hunts successful or otherwise. Some clubs may even organize events during the holidays where people can get together for some casual conversation and celebration.

Joining a club is the best way to get serious about metal detecting. The kinds of recommendations you receive from fellow members will invariably be dependable because they have no secret agenda to sell a particular metal detector, they are just promoting metal detecting itself. The whole point from the members' points of view is to create a cohesive group of metal detecting enthusiasts.

Sid Bowen was born in Mississippi and grew up with a cane fishing pole in one hand and after his family re-located to Texas, a metal detector in the other hand. He has spent countless hours on the beaches near Portland, Texas watching the surfers while listening to the beeps of his metal detector.

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