What is Hit and Run Metal Detecting

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Ok, from the little I've read on here, this might be a simple question or livin things up.

I just heard someone on a video refer to a hit and run detector. Now, I'm am new to this and as inocent and pure as the white wind driven snow, but it sounds suspicious. What the heck is hit and run metal detecting?
 
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I can’t say for certain without seeing the video and knowing the actual situation, but usually “hit and run” refers to detectorists that have a set time limit in mind when they detect a new site - if they aren’t getting any significant or valuable finds within, say, fifteen minutes or half an hour, they pack up and move on to the next site. The philosophy is that if the site isn’t producing anything good within that time, then there isn’t enough there to make spending any more time worthwhile. Kind of an extreme version of “cherry picking” for some - for others, they just get bored if they aren’t finding good targets every few minutes. To me, it’s one of many reasons why I can still go into just about any location and still find good finds if I’m willing to be patient and persevere - I’d rather be detecting than constantly driving to the next site. But as always, different strokes for different folks. A hit and run advocate would tell me I’m wasting time on sites that don’t produce enough.

Anyways, no, the video you were watching most likely wasn’t advocating anything nefarious, like hunting quickly in an area where they know they shouldn’t be (trespassing, etc) and bugging out before getting caught. Although that surely happens, it wouldn’t be wise to post videos of yourself doing it!
 
Nah, no plans on sneak hunts, as tempting as it is.

I thought what you described is what they were alluding to, quick cherry pick hunt.
I wasn't sure so.... Had to ask.
I'm not familiar with any term called "Hit and Run", but to me, it would sound like having a short time so you cherry-pick the good stuff and get out.
 
I guess it could be taken either way. I would like to think you are pressed for time and you hunt only for a short period before you have to leave. You know, just before work, on your way to get married, taking your wife to the maternity room to give birth etc.:rofl2:
 
Or you could look at a hit-and-run as going into a non permissioned area, hunt and get out before being detected by the homeowner
Yup, did this last month at a schoolhouse/home permission last month, saw an old flagpole just over the old fence line, off the front yard area, owner wasn't home, so couldn't verify, it was in an old field, certainly was connected to the old schoolhouse, wasn't sure if the owner's property extended beyond the old fence, so I hopped it, a quick detect revealed fill dirt and trash and hoped back. Hit and run but it was a "questionable permission area".
 
They get real testy when you hit the greens at the golf course and you better run.:thinking::redbike:
My camper is just off my golf course and you'd better run if you were digging my greens!!! JK!!!

Mark in Michigan
 
I can’t say for certain without seeing the video and knowing the actual situation, but usually “hit and run” refers to detectorists that have a set time limit in mind when they detect a new site - if they aren’t getting any significant or valuable finds within, say, fifteen minutes or half an hour, they pack up and move on to the next site. The philosophy is that if the site isn’t producing anything good within that time, then there isn’t enough there to make spending any more time worthwhile. Kind of an extreme version of “cherry picking” for some - for others, they just get bored if they aren’t finding good targets every few minutes. To me, it’s one of many reasons why I can still go into just about any location and still find good finds if I’m willing to be patient and persevere - I’d rather be detecting than constantly driving to the next site. But as always, different strokes for different folks. A hit and run advocate would tell me I’m wasting time on sites that don’t produce enough.

Anyways, no, the video you were watching most likely wasn’t advocating anything nefarious, like hunting quickly in an area where they know they shouldn’t be (trespassing, etc) and bugging out before getting caught. Although that surely happens, it wouldn’t be wise to post videos of yourself doing it!
I like being the stubborn one, will stay at the old park till dark for a few keepers. My old park still gives up an old coin now and then. You gotta grid search overlap them swings low and slow.
 
They get real testy when you hit the greens at the golf course and you better run.:thinking::redbike:
True but.....along the road to the ruff is fair game as well as the entrance near the road! Recently did that at a municipal course, picked up a few mercs along the way and a few puzzled looks from drivers, did it this winter to avoid any Karen golfers though. 🤭
 
I like being the stubborn one, will stay at the old park till dark for a few keepers. My old park still gives up an old coin now and then. You gotta grid search overlap them swings low and slow.
I am finding the same. If I change the search pattern or smf or single frequency changes, any thing you do to change it up and walla, new finds.
 
No place is completely hunted out. I was reminded once again yesterday at a tot lot. I had a short time, the wind blowing 40 mph+, but I just had to go do some swinging before the weather gets worse the next few days. I went to a tot lot we have hunted for many years with my NOX 800. I normally use the Deus, but I just wanted to get the 800 some use.

I went over a spot in the middle of where we always hit, and I got a loud solid 28-30. I was thinking of a recent drop quarter. I dug down below the wood chips, roughly 6"-8", and then a tad bit of dirt and out pops a black quarter. I was completely shell-shocked. How could we have been missing this for so many times? I guess it was just finally hitting it from the right direction at the right time. Knowing gold sinks to the bottom now I'm going to need to go over that entire tot lot again.
 
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I'll cop to giving myself permission for the occasional vacant lot or curbstrip in front of an unoccupied or for-sale building, but that's it.
In my opinion that is perfectly legit as long as it is not posted "no trespassing". Empty lots with realtor signs are also fair game. They usually don't give a hoot other than selling the lot.
 
I can’t say for certain without seeing the video and knowing the actual situation, but usually “hit and run” refers to detectorists that have a set time limit in mind when they detect a new site - if they aren’t getting any significant or valuable finds within, say, fifteen minutes or half an hour, they pack up and move on to the next site. The philosophy is that if the site isn’t producing anything good within that time, then there isn’t enough there to make spending any more time worthwhile. Kind of an extreme version of “cherry picking” for some - for others, they just get bored if they aren’t finding good targets every few minutes. To me, it’s one of many reasons why I can still go into just about any location and still find good finds if I’m willing to be patient and persevere - I’d rather be detecting than constantly driving to the next site. But as always, different strokes for different folks. A hit and run advocate would tell me I’m wasting time on sites that don’t produce enough.

Anyways, no, the video you were watching most likely wasn’t advocating anything nefarious, like hunting quickly in an area where they know they shouldn’t be (trespassing, etc) and bugging out before getting caught. Although that surely happens, it wouldn’t be wise to post videos of yourself doing it!
A lot of times I have a time limit on dirt hunts (water hunts are an all day affair for me) so I will "Cherry Pick" only the really good signals and usually less than 8 inch deep targets. I still take my time but I don't waste time on "iffy" or really deep targets. Although, since I'm swinging a CTX3030, if there's a target that I want to come back and check later, I'll drop a waypoint into the CTX3030 and come back when I have more time. Most of my Cherry Picking hunts leave me with a few new waypoints in the detector...

as shown at 2:26 in this video

 
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