Finding your niche
We may find that the combination of these factors provide us with a delightful pastime and successful hobby. Many others however, have difficult problems to overcome and find frustration continually as they strive to pursue their avocation. Some have relocated in order to still satisfy their desire for a renewable resource to seek, pleasant surroundings to live in, a multitude of treasures, and that might not be such a shocking idea! The job might come last when we define the requirements of our lives.
There are some fortunate persons that have it all. They can nuggetshoot, dig Civil War relics in abundance, they may have many very old parks and fairgrounds just loaded with old coins to hunt, and perhaps a seashore also. What we all need to do is to determine our own niche, and, if we cannot or do not wish to relocate still excel in some area that your present geographic location provides. Everyone who has picked up a metal detector has at sometimes in their experience felt that oppressive slump where you couldn’t find anything.
A slump can occur due to diminishing resources or simply falling into the bad habit of repeating your failed hunting procedures that had once provided for you all that you expected it to be. In the case of the latter then you need to shrug off all your current practices and look to other fields or new equipment. Most of us who at one time or another find extreme satisfaction in our hobby do not mind spending thousands of dollars to take trips to locate exciting finds again. It is so addictive, our hobby!
In the case of the former and your treasures have dwindled down to only a small token of your earlier finds then it is time to spend the research effort or monetary resources to satisfy that level of satisfaction once more. One big mistake that we fall into is deciding that only one kind of hunting will bring that satisfaction but that is not true. Believe me that finding a gold nugget, jewelry at the beach, relics in the wood, or old coins at the park are all exciting and fulfilling to us and changing to another form of hobby is an easy thing to do.
Now I want to address another factor of metal detecting. It is that part of our hobby that moves us to a private area where we can seek our treasures in peace, like the relic hunter in the wood, the beach hunter in the winter, or the nugget hunter in the desert. Each of these brings us more than the urban hunter with plans to strike after a street is ripped up or to seek our treasures among many people at parks or beaches in summer.
Each has its own rewards but you will find a stronger attachment of the hunter that finds the peace and solitude of the hunt. For instance that is why I used to love hunting and fishing. To be alone and appreciate nature and redefine myself in the absence of all the demanding external influences.
I can see that as we all face the realities of diminishing resources in a crowded world of ever increasing hunters we will soon feel the need of something like the planned hunts that may appear in more remote locations of our country. Many hunters go abroad to hunt and especially England and spend thousands of dollars to find some of the old coins but we could have hunting resorts in this country with all kinds of things to hunt including competition hunts. We should have more competition hunts for the persons that cannot leave the confines of the city at the national level and expanded to provide a myriad of seminars and a whole array of machines that the hunters could take out into the field and try. We should also have someone providing research for persons not having the time or ability to do it themselves but who could afford the price of the service.
Clubs could, between themselves gather the resources to provide to area hunters a hunting resort on a pleasant outdoor farm or woods where people could either camp or purchase shelter at area cabins. People could pursue their activities in competition hunts or perhaps on a large relic site where hunters could, on weekends or holiday, take their time to seek out certain cache targets as the clubs may deem desirable.
Certain clubs now who enjoy the hobby of dredging for gold, panning, or nuggetshooting do take out lands where the club can enjoy their hobby together and share the enjoyment in a beneficial manner and still manage to find some gold. The same could be done for other forms of hunting and some enterprising fellow might profit from this idea. I am sure that I would enjoy such a retreat and the chance to meet many of our internet friends and fellow hunters.
In summary, we all have to find our own niche, but once we define ourselves in this niche as hunters we have a problem in changing to the circumstances. The satisfaction of the hobby is prime and especially if we can enjoy the peace of the outdoors and privacy to pursue our desire. As always we must adapt or die!