Practicing recognizing some basic target types can help you make better use of the patience you bring to a hunt.

I see way too many new hunters who hope to find some gold but think it’s the first thing they are going to find..sorry bad news–its not   In most conditions, random digging is not going to do much for you.  While its good to dig a lot of targets, the key is to continually work on your selectivity.  By all means the way to get used to the target sounds of your detector is to to dig but along with this learning over time it’s important to be able to recognize some various basic target types.  In the picture we have a nice array:  too big–(cigarette pack), elongated: (Allan keys, glasses arm and bobby pins). too small and weak: (some of the smaller foils at left),, alloys (caps).  Not shown here are some iron targets–(bolts, that type of thing).  With practice these are all recognizable targets–they have “problems” either on the meter or when checked on the cross sweep or in pinpoint. “There are also several “good” targets–a few coins, and some of the more solid foil pieces.  While it might not be as exciting as getting out and digging–just getting a few of each target type and testing them on an upside down cardboard box can increase your accuracy a lot.   While there are sites where “inclusive digging” is the way to go–remember–an exception does not make a rule.  Learning how good targets respond is a more productive way to learn than “going begging” with weak, elongated or out-sized signals.   The “iffy” ones can come later.