Originally Posted by Chris R
I used to go to parks and schools looking for gold. After years of digging so much on a hunt I could barely get up off the ground, I gave up looking for gold for the most part. I found two pieces of gold in two years digging my ass off in trashy areas.
Ever since I gave up the hunt for gold my silver coin count and coin count in general has skyrocketed. I don't go home completely exhausted either. As far as I'm concerned that trashy ground can keep it's gold. I find this hobby much more enjoyable since I gave up looking for gold.
Don't get me wrong in certain areas I still dig it all but those places are usually on sports fields not blighted parks. I crack up when people say they will dig it all. I guess they have never detected around the BBQ pits at that big park in Terrell TX off highway 80. Or some of the older schools in Greenville TX. Good luck with that strategy. I just couldn't take it anymore I would quit this hobby before I would go back to digging like that.
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Good post Chris. We all want old silver. Yet we all want gold. And in *some* hunt environments, there might be reason to angle for one versus the other.
I know a guy in my city who does indeed get gold from turf (yet rarely any coins I'd call real old). He knows exactly which turf he's going to hit. Especially soccer fields. One in fact that's only ~20 yrs. old (so it post-dates the extinction of round tabs). And by golly, yes, he's gotten nice gold rings. Because he knows the demographics (cultures/nationalities) that use these particular fields, their habits of what they wear, where they set their stuff down, where they make diving moves towards the goal posts, etc...
Yet I would not call that "blighted turf". And he does tune out very small foil (hence kiss smaller ladies rings goodbye). But he rationalized that soccer is a man's sport, and ... odds are, it'll be men's rings there. He said his trash ratio is tolerable (50 to 1 ?, and of course, the obligatory clad). So he might go 3 or 4 hunts, and many many hours before ever getting a gold ring. But he has done it.
This same hunter would not try the same thing in other certain parks here though.