I have put this typical hunt format page together so you have some idea what to expect when you arrive here. My part of the deal is to supply you somewhere comfortable to rest your weary head, feed you lots of tasty home cooked food and get you on the fields until your arm drops off. Detecting times, eating times are flexible to suit the needs of the hunters. The more hours you are swinging the better your odds! An average week gets you 70 or more hours of detecting. Hard core teams do over 100 hours of detecting a week.
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This hunt format is a typical full board experience. If you are on a self catering team then the Barn leader has their own mini bus and you come and go as you please. Most Barn teams do a night hunt if the weather is good. If you don’t fancy it then put your feet up by the TV.
I have received emails from fearing our tours may be like some other tours where you would be herded to one small field each day that magically produces 100’s of roman coins each week. On my hunts YOU pick the fields from a choice of over 500 fields.
The airport pickup is typically 10am and within a few hours you will be in Colchester, unpacked, set up and briefed, while grabbing a quick sandwich and drink, ready for a full afternoon on the fields on your first day.
If guys are hunting here for the first time this is the only day I pick a series of fields for the afternoons hunt as you are all champing at the bit to get started and guys don’t want the grand tour then. It is a multiple site so you get the choice of a dozen or so fields to pick from all around you. Senior members know the hotspots from previous years and where they want to go so you can also follow them on the first day.
The first day we usually agree to pack up between 6pm and 7pm depending on the light to give you a chance to unpack properly and eat. Because some guys are too jet-lagged to eat anything the first evening meal is typically traditional take away fish and chips with options of chicken, pies, veggie burgers etc. from the local ‘chippy’’ so you can choose what you want.
The first morning, after breakfast, we generally leave for the fields around 8am with a quick tour of which fields are flat enough to detect so you can see and make your choices.
I’ll tell you the history, what was found where and when (a good idea is a small notepad to write the fields that you get ‘vibes’ about) without notes it can get very confusing because there are a LOT of fields. All the fields have been given names so we can remember and talk about them.
You then decide which fields you want to hit. You can all go on different sites or all on the same, the choice is completely yours. You point me in the direction you want to go and I take you there.
Lunch is 1 o’ clock . We sometimes have hot food out in the field and sometimes sandwiches depending on the weather, special requests etc.
After lunch you decide whether to stay where you are or move on to another set of fields.
Most locations are multi fields anyway so you typically have a choice of fields next to each other so you can decide where to detect – but be careful only to hunt on lands where we have permission.
We usually decide the evening finish time in the morning, partly dependent on sunset, and so the evening meal will be prepared allowing time to change and take a shower – most guys are happy to finish around 6pm but some hard core teams will hunt, in the dark, well into the night!
Evenings are spent eating, chatting, cleaning and trying to identify finds before heading off to bed in time to start over again at 8am the next morning.
It is no good asking me each morning what field to go on, I am generally crap at it, when I tell a guy this field has given me nothing and sucks within an hour he is holding a Celtic gold stater. When I say things like “this field next to the church must have hammered silver on it” and you get skunked it’s my fault so I have learnt my lesson. I have found the it is best to follow a ‘newbie’ like Alaskan Todd who could sniff out a gold coin at 10 miles. Arkansas Gary followed him and got his Celtic gold.
Don’t confuse our holidays with other tours – it’s YOU that decides where you go, not me, I am merely the driver – you’ll hear me say that a lot! If you want to be on your own in the middle of a 800 acre site then go for it, if you want company when out detecting then stick together. Don’t feel obliged to follow others as they might be leading you to a detectorists graveyard!
When guys say I must know where to go I usually reply if I did know I’d be there already – with a choice of over 500 fields it really is just down to luck and whether you walk over it! Mass Bruce found his axe head hoard because he went for a sh*t under the only tree on a 100 acre field in the middle of nowhere!
You can go on as many fields that are available during your tour or spend the whole week on just one file, the choice is yours.
On average most guys detect on less than 20 different fields in a week leaving hundreds untouched – we have fields no member has ever walked on!
I have a set of walkie-talkies available so we can communicate with each other and let each other know, especially on new fields, how the finds are going or if someone has found a hotspot.
If you have any questions about hunting in the UK from an American perspective email senior club members who have both been hunting in Colchester dozens of times: