To the OP,
You might want to think about purchasing a Michigan Recreation Passport. It costs about $32 IIRC and you can buy online or at the first state park you visit. The passport will save you money if you intend to use the state parks or visit recreation areas, because there is an entrance or parking fee of around $8. Michigan has so many great state areas, having the passport makes touring and enjoying the amenities economical and easy.
Does your CO detector have little lights on the front? On ours the green light will sometimes flash yellow and the detector chirps for no apparent reason. There's a reset button there, sometimes it takes a few tries to get it to shut up. My resource says if reset doesn't fix it, to remove the detector and place it outdoors for a while to clear.
It's a sub forum on the Friendly site, and it's all about advice on purchasing a detector. You don't have to join to read, but joining would be a good idea because you could post and ask questions. The folks there are mostly very nice, and there are some ladies there too.
I bought my machine locally, from a detector shop. I was able to try several machines before I decided. I chose a used machine, more high end but older, so a good price.
Choosing a metal detector is kind of like choosing an RV. It all depends on where you want to go, what you hope to find, how much you want to spend, and what really works for you. Other peoples' input is interesting, but it's all up to you. Probably your first machine won't be your last if you like the hobby.
My brother gave me his White MD a few years back as he said he was tired of digging up pop tops. Well, on my first day out, I found 5 pop tops and some sort of metal thingy about 1/2" wide and 2" long. I have no idea what it is, or was. Put my MD in the garage and I guess it is still there somewhere.
So do you think you can learn a machine in one outing? Sorry, but it's like any other skill...takes practice and thought. Metal detectors detect metal, but they they don't have the capability to discern with 100% accuracy what kind of metal they're sniffing out. For example, pop tops and gold rings often ring up the same; high silver and rusted iron can ring up the same. Depending on the machine, there are ways for *you* to figure out the difference. But still, you gotta dig the junk in order to find the treasure. If detecting was a quick and easy way to find valuable objects amd become rich off your finds, everyone would be doing it :)
I live in a pre-Civil War house. There is a ton of trashy metal around the yard...lots of square nails, farm implement parts, even parts to an old coal or wood stove. I've filled several five gallon buckets with that stuff. But without digging the trash, I never would have found the good stuff - coins from the 1840's and 50's, old buttons ( one of them a general service cuff button, Civil War Union uniform). One find out in my horse pasture I was pretty sure my machine was lying again...but Something about her voice told me she was telling the truth. So I dug, and unearthed a Morgan silver dollar. In a horse pasture! That pasture also gave up horseshoes, tractor parts, and countless pieces of wire. That dollar made every other useless dig worth it.
So anyway, maybe try again with some patience. Pay attention, and each time you dig you'll learn something more about your machine. Try hunting in target rich areas to increase your chances. There are loads of tips and trick on the website I posted above.
Good luck and happy hunting, everyone!
Take a few minutes and do some reading here
There are sub forums where you will find a lot of advice. There are lots of brands and models from pretty basic to loads of bells and whistles ( my machine talks :C) . Some of the sponsors are known to very helpful as well. I have a Garrett machine and find their customer service to be top notch when I need help. If you google 'metal detectors' you'll find the sites of different manufacturers and some of them have good info. And don't forget youtube to see and hear machines in action!
You don't want to look like a dweeb? Really? That kinda comes with the territory for MDers. Real life detecting isn't like those fancy TV shows, where the guys are oh so cool ;) There's no way to look chic or debonair as the case may be while you're wearing cargo shorts, sensible shoes, a sun hat, headphones, and fanny pack or pouch, and swinging a big metal stick in front of you LOL.
That's what the rest of us envision, too :) but it's overridden by the vision of some sweaty guy in cargo shorts and socks with sandals scooping holes in Mother's final resting place. Maybe someone left a small memento at the gravesite; a cross, a ring, even a hot wheels car for a child. Better to just leave it alone.
There are tons of great places to hunt. Homeowners' yards, parks and athletic field areas, farm fields where houses once stood, schoolyards, church yards, sidewalk strips, those little grassy islands in parking lots, beaches, boat docks, fairgrounds, old reunion or picnic grounds, ghost towns, cellar holes deep in the roads, old fence lines...there's no end to them. There are resources for historic maps of all kinds to see what was where back in the day. So even on days when the weather doesn't support dirt fishing, research can keep ya busy :)
Oh no!:E Cemeteries are almost universally considered to be off limits within the metal detecting community.
Just as there are certain "good manners" in the RV world - not cutting thru others' sites, picking up your dog's poo, observing quiet hours, etc ., there are good manners in MDing, too. Like respecting others' property (getting permission before digging), filling your holes, removing your trash finds, and more. Digging in cemeteries would be like emptying your black tank in a parking lot :W
There are several online MDing forums where you can get great information; some of the manufacturers also have general info on their sites.
MDing is a great hobby and can be addictive especially if you enjoy history. Part of the fun is researching places to hunt. Those forums and sites can give a good start.
A little heads up - go here for loads of good advice and information. These folks will tell you everything you need to know about detecting, your particular machine, getting permission to dig, how to perfect your plugs and fill in your holes, and the MDer's Code of Ethics. They'll help you out when the inevitable discouragement sets in LOL.
My piece of advice is to budget for a Garrett Pro Pointer. It will help you out immensely and give you more swing time and less sifting through dirt searching for that illusive target.
Good luck and happy hunting.
Consider having a tick panel drawn, and ask your vet about blastomycosis. Here is a copy/paste list of symptoms of blasto
Loss of appetite (anorexia)
Eye inflammation, specifically the iris
Difficulty breathing (e.g., coughing, wheezing and other unusual breathing sounds)
Skin lesions, which are frequently filled with pus
Best wishes for a great turn around and recovery.