If you want to unearth more valuables, you should try something new in metal detecting. You can get a new metal detector or you can try to find some new sites to use your detector in. Local parks and schools are already well hunted so you need to go out of the usual treasure hunting spots as there may be buried items there that can be considered worthy finds. But how will you go about finding these areas? Well here are some tips:

1. Ask some senior citizens in your place.
People who lived in your locality for a very long time now can tell you some good spots for detecting metals. Talk to them and ask them where they used to play when they were young, where picnics and other social gatherings were held, where the church or building once stood and where old parks can be found.

2. Talk to old local hunters.
Spend some time with older hunters in your area because they may know some places, like caves and old foundations, where treasures might have been hidden.

3. Find some old maps of your locality.
This is another way to find 'out of the way spots'. To get maps, search at garage sales and local flee markets. You can also go to some local libraries and historical societies because there's a big chance that they have just what you're looking for. Spend some time to look for a good map, the one that's very detailed. It should present the areas where homesteads and structures are situated. Tourist attractions and other notable places must also be shown.

If you've already identified the sites where you will conduct your metal detecting, the next thing you need to do is to check your metal detector. Make sure it will work well on your chosen site.

If you're planning to purchase a new metal detector, then you should be familiar of the various types available in the market. Depending on your purpose, there are detectors designed for relic hunting or for prospecting gold. Also popular are coin detectors, underwater metal detectors, multi-purpose detectors, and walk through metal detectors.

Metal detectors have two detection modes and the user can freely choose the mode he needs. If you want to detect all types of metals, you can choose the all metal mode. But if what you want is to detect ferrous and stainless steel objects, you can select the other mode.

It is also important that you have all the necessary metal detecting accessories. Among the very crucial ones are earphones, which help you interpret signal better; scuff cover to protect your detector and to provide your control box with water proofing; and trowel, which you will need to dig up. Other accessories that come in handy when detecting metals are headlamps or flashlight, plastic containers, and extra batteries. These accessories will surely help increase your chances of getting valuable finds. So before you go to your chosen spot, make sure you are familiar with your detector and you have all these accessories on hand.