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:


Tips For Using Metal Detectors During the Winter

Depending on where you live, metal detecting may have become only a three season activity.  But it doesn’t have to be!  Even if you can’t actually dig the ground up there are a variety of ways you can still be metal detecting during the winter months.

Daniel Bernzweig of shown with the Garrett Ace metal detector, one of our top metal detectors for sale. From kids to adults, popular brands like Bounty Hunter, XP and Tesoro make great Christmas gift ideas.

Daniel Bernzweig of shown with the Garrett Ace metal detector, one of our top metal detectors for sale. From kids to adults, popular brands like Bounty Hunter, XP and Tesoro make great Christmas gift ideas.

Daniel Bernzweig of said “Winter in the North East, where we are located, is a magical time of year. Thoughts of Christmas and other seasonal traditions are on all of our minds. It is the time of the year when children have metal detectors at the top of their holiday wish lists. Be sure to read our section on selecting the best metal detectors for kids. 

Unfrozen Water Bodies

Some of our top metal detectors for sale are perfect for hunting during the winter. If you have water bodies that aren’t frozen, you can get yourself a pair of insulated waders or a wetsuit and use your metal detector here.  Shallow water metal detecting can be a lot of fun and lead to some very unique finds. There’s also a lot less trash to dig when metal detecting in the water. Two popular waterproof detectors are made by Garrett Metal Detectors. These models include the AT Pro and the new ATX which we reviewed in our October blog post.

The Shoreline and Beaches

The shoreline and some beaches (especially saltwater beaches) can also be good places to go metal detecting in the winter.  Metal detectors from Bounty Hunter are fun to use at the beach as all of their models contain water-proof search coils. Even when surrounding areas are snowy, often, with the help of the water and the wind these areas remain snow free.  Plus, sand doesn’t generally freeze above the high tide line, and even then, with a little help from the sun, these areas can be digable during some parts of the day depending on where you are.

Winter Gathering Spots

Even though the ground may be frozen, you can still hunt for treasure in the snow.  Places like sledding hills, ice skating and hockey rinks, and ice fishing ponds can lead to a great deal of treasure like jewelry and coins since items easily fall out of people’s pockets during activities like these. You can find them all winter long with your metal detector!

Researching Areas for Future Hunts

If it’s just too cold and too frozen to actually get outside and go metal detecting where you are, you can begin researching places to hunt once the weather breaks.  The best, most successful metal detectorists do their research before they head out into the field.  They look for specific spots that were well traveled, or where events took place in the past.  Information on your area can easily be found at places like the local historical society and the library.  You might even speak to users from local metal detecting clubs in your area. Longtime residents of the area can also be excellent resources.

Although searching for treasure in the actual ground may not be possible during the winter, you can still go metal detecting.  And, by preparing for spring, summer, and fall metal detecting trips during the winter, all your treasure hunts become more successful.  Don’t put your metal detecting equipment away when the weather turns.  Use these tips to find ways that you can keep up your hobby all year long no matter what mother nature throws at you!