It’s Winter… But You Can Still Go Metal Detecting!

Depending on which region you live, winter can be a challenging time for metal detecting! Cold, northern climates tend to get bitter cold for part of the season. Detectorists in these areas say you would need a jackhammer to dig in snow and hard-packed icy soil. But they do offer winter hunting tips so you don’t have to put your detector away all season.

  • Take advantage of warm days, especially if there are a few in a row. The ground will start to warm up and become more diggable.
  • Ski resorts are lucrative detecting spots!! The cold temperatures make fingers smaller. So, when skiers take their gloves off, RINGS fall off into the snow. Best places to hunt include near the lodges, ski lifts and gathering places.
  • Tot lots usually have wood chips, which are easier to search in the cold.
  • Beach areas may still have a couple of inches of loose snow. You may hit hard-packed sand when searching deeper, though.
Winter: Perfect for researching new metal detecting sites

Winter: Perfect for researching new metal detecting sites

Utilize the Off-Season to Find New Search Areas

Too cold to treasure hunt today? This is a great time to research new detecting sites. Google maps is the ultimate resource; here, you’ll find old maps, topographical maps and aerial maps. A good start is to look up “old maps” in your city. Compare the old map with a newer map and look for homes that are no longer standing. On an old topographical map, homes are illustrated with little black squares. Old homesteads can yield great treasure finds—not to mention buried coin hoards! Check local history to see if any military events took place. The sites of battles and skirmishes are where valuable relics lie. One detectorist suggested printing a current road map on a clear overlay—then placing it on top of an old map for comparison.

Pick Out Your Next Metal Detector

Experts advise that you get out detecting at least three times a month. This way, you’ll stay familiar with your machine and keep up with the hobby. If you need a new detector, this is also a great time to research the latest models. Here are some of the hottest-selling models: