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Title: Question of the day.. ever encountered a dodgy situation while detecting?
Post by: EleanorF on July 23, 2016, 03:43:23 PM
Last night while out at farm a little later than normal, getting dark,  I came across a van having a slow prowl about farm. Once seen by me, (mexican standoff for a second..)  it took another route through a back road (still on farm, which is NOT  a thru road) Alerted farmer immed obvs (we have our uses..) . He has had bother with "lost" vans on his land, had items stolen, quad bike nicked, and strangers in his courtyard etc.  So anyway, despite regularly traipsing about fields & woods on my own, it was the first time I felt properly vulnerable, and wee bit nervous.
Have any of you ever come across anything iffy or strange while on your wanderings? Or am I just being a big girls blouse?  ;D  ;D
Title: Re: Question of the day.. ever encountered a dodgy situation while detecting?
Post by: Kirstycat on July 23, 2016, 04:10:46 PM
Sounds scary Eleanor. I do get nervous if I'm detecting alone 
Title: Re: Question of the day.. ever encountered a dodgy situation while detecting?
Post by: Argosdan on July 23, 2016, 04:36:21 PM
I'm always cautious when out on my own.....too many yobs hanging around asking what I've found when on my way home.....tell them only junk lol
But can't help thinking that they could try and have my detector.........that's why I have my spade and garret edge digger lol
Just be careful
Title: Re: Question of the day.. ever encountered a dodgy situation while detecting?
Post by: chris3030 on July 23, 2016, 05:08:21 PM
Not scary but
Was lying down enjoying  sea views when a couple of fox cubs came out to play ruff n tumble not 10 feet from me. they saw me but they carried on playing regardless that's probably my scariest metaldetecting story  :)
Title: Re: Question of the day.. ever encountered a dodgy situation while detecting?
Post by: Tommy on July 23, 2016, 05:23:13 PM
I was out for a drive last night visiting farms when I encountered a right dodgy looking person with a pink camo hat on needless to say I didn't hang around lol.
Title: Re: Question of the day.. ever encountered a dodgy situation while detecting?
Post by: Dirt digger on July 23, 2016, 05:30:55 PM
I was out the other week in a field when from nowhere a herd of around 40 bullocks gathered around me. I tried to keep calm and started walking towards them. They all ran off while I about turned and made my way to the edge of the field and jumped into another field.
Title: Re: Question of the day.. ever encountered a dodgy situation while detecting?
Post by: EleanorF on July 23, 2016, 06:20:19 PM
I was out for a drive last night visiting farms when I encountered a right dodgy looking person with a pink camo hat on needless to say I didn't hang around lol.

Beat it you...  ;D ;D
Well if youre looking for club permissions crawling about in the dark in a manky transit van with fake reggy plates, DS is DOOMED haha.. ;D ;D
But if youre taking "orders" id like a pink quad bike...  ;D

Thanks for replies folks, Chris yours is deffo more of an Aawwww moment than an Eeekkkk moment ... :D
I will "man up" and make sure I have my digging knife to hand in future, never know what you might come across..
Title: Re: Question of the day.. ever encountered a dodgy situation while detecting?
Post by: tommylee on July 23, 2016, 06:43:18 PM
some time ago bunch of young cows been trying to be a little too friendly for me, running at me. I managed to escape by jumping through electrict fence. Just.
no weird stories with people though, maybe I'm scary enough for strangers :D
Title: Re: Question of the day.. ever encountered a dodgy situation while detecting?
Post by: Uncle Bob on July 23, 2016, 07:35:56 PM
Not wanting to be a scaremonger, but you were right to be suspicious and cautious.  More nowadays than ever before.  Sounds like you had a close encounter of the nefarious kind. Check you have your phone with you, it's charged up, and that you can get a signal wherever you are especially if you are on your own.

If you come across that kind of situation again, act like you don't care, don't stare, don't communicate unless you have to, and if you get a chance, take a sneaky pic of the vehicle and its Reg No/occupants.

Also make sure someone knows the area you're going to be detecting in.

That said, it IS an unusual situation so don't let it put you off!

Good post by the way ...

Bob.
Title: Re: Question of the day.. ever encountered a dodgy situation while detecting?
Post by: Molly1 on July 23, 2016, 07:51:17 PM
That is scary Eleanor. Like uncle bob says, make sure you have your phone handy just in case.
I've not experienced anything like that but have felt quite vulnerable in the middle of a field in the middle of nowhere.
Be alert and stay safe
Title: Re: Question of the day.. ever encountered a dodgy situation while detecting?
Post by: Oldblue110 on July 23, 2016, 08:39:38 PM
Definately scary Eleanor , take care when out there are too many thefts from farms these days. You don't want to stumble across some crooks at work.
Title: Re: Question of the day.. ever encountered a dodgy situation while detecting?
Post by: Stevie777 on July 23, 2016, 09:51:30 PM
Just a winged creature.....
(http://i1003.photobucket.com/albums/af153/stevie77777/worst-batman-costume-ever.jpg)

Title: Re: Question of the day.. ever encountered a dodgy situation while detecting?
Post by: Grant on July 23, 2016, 10:19:09 PM
Once was in long grass and stumbled upon sleeping baby deer! I nearly filled my shorts when they sprang up in front of me  :o

Similarly
Another time whilst leaving a unnamed salmon river at night I disturbed a deer in the undergrowth which ran right into the deer fence by the road not 12' away getting its head and one leg through and tangled in brambles.

I did what any Good Samaritan would do and skelped it on the napper with my priest before giving it a lift to Glasgow and converting it to venison, result as I failed to get any salmon or Sea trout that night.
Title: Re: Question of the day.. ever encountered a dodgy situation while detecting?
Post by: DartmoorRanger on July 23, 2016, 11:25:45 PM
Once was in long grass and stumbled upon sleeping baby deer! I nearly filled my shorts when they sprang up in front of me  :o

Similarly
Another time whilst leaving a unnamed salmon river at night I disturbed a deer in the undergrowth which ran right into the deer fence by the road not 12' away getting its head and one leg through and tangled in brambles.

I did what any Good Samaritan would do and skelped it on the napper with my priest before giving it a lift to Glasgow and converting it to venison, result as I failed to get any salmon or Sea trout that night.
;D ;D ;D Brilliant.
Title: Re: Question of the day.. ever encountered a dodgy situation while detecting?
Post by: Grant on July 24, 2016, 05:59:09 AM
Once was in long grass and stumbled upon sleeping baby deer! I nearly filled my shorts when they sprang up in front of me  :o

Similarly
Another time whilst leaving a unnamed salmon river at night I disturbed a deer in the undergrowth which ran right into the deer fence by the road not 12' away getting its head and one leg through and tangled in brambles.

I did what any Good Samaritan would do and skelped it on the napper with my priest before giving it a lift to Glasgow and converting it to venison, result as I failed to get any salmon or Sea trout that night.
;D ;D ;D Brilliant.

I'll tell you something else it's while I was at faslane living in the block, it's skull will be in the big bushes right by my old accom block 😂 I gralloched it on the grass there and hung it in the shower till morning and took it to my friendly butcher in Glasgow in the morn
Title: Re: Question of the day.. ever encountered a dodgy situation while detecting?
Post by: Andy on July 24, 2016, 09:03:22 AM
Had a few cars slow down and some even stop I get para when out alone aswell because detectors ar not cheap I alwase let few people know where I'm going
Title: Re: Question of the day.. ever encountered a dodgy situation while detecting?
Post by: Caberfeidh on July 24, 2016, 03:53:08 PM
I was way out at low tide, near Greenan Castle on the Ayrshire Coast. Some bugger up at the castle was shooting at me! I reckon it must have been a firearm .22 rather than an air rifle as I was a long way off and the slugs were smacking into the sand near me. Thank goodness the tide was out. This was years ago, before that kind of thing was considered serious. Nowadays the polis would happily turn up and shoot the bugger. Probably shoot me too, come to think of it. Or tazer me, mistaking my detector for a gun.
Title: Re: Question of the day.. ever encountered a dodgy situation while detecting?
Post by: EleanorF on July 24, 2016, 05:11:55 PM
I was way out at low tide, near Greenan Castle on the Ayrshire Coast. Some bugger up at the castle was shooting at me! I reckon it must have been a firearm .22 rather than an air rifle as I was a long way off and the slugs were smacking into the sand near me. Thank goodness the tide was out. This was years ago, before that kind of thing was considered serious. Nowadays the polis would happily turn up and shoot the bugger. Probably shoot me too, come to think of it. Or tazer me, mistaking my detector for a gun.

#DETECTORISTSLIVESMATTER  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Question of the day.. ever encountered a dodgy situation while detecting?
Post by: harbinger on July 24, 2016, 05:52:07 PM
Nowt to worry about,bet they were crapping themselves more after being spotted.They wont be wearing armour so your spade will definatly hurt in a desperate moment.Theives are usually chancing cowards anyway.
Title: Re: Question of the day.. ever encountered a dodgy situation while detecting?
Post by: Oldblue110 on July 25, 2016, 12:59:30 AM
Was out lamping one night and just heading back to the car and saw 6 set of eyes running along the front of the wall in front of me. Which I was heading for to cross over into the next field where the car was, suddenly 2 sets of eyes started to come straight towards me. I thought it was rabbits so shone the light on them, it was badgers they came right at me snarling . So I started backing off and trying to shoo them at the same time, they were only 3 feet away and snarling and running at my legs. I just kept swinging the gun butt at them and one of them backed away and went back to the other 4 which were just baby's. So I just kept backing away probably about 40/50 feet away and the other one turned and ran back to the rest of its family as they headed along the wall and through the top boundary fence into the old quarry. I can safely say my heart was in my mouth and my shorts were full,I have never experienced anything like that in my life I was terrified and panicking like hell and hope I never experience anything like it again. I never thought that badgers would have a go at you like that especially as I was about 50 feet away from them to start with. Stay clear of badgers when they have young ones.
Title: Re: Question of the day.. ever encountered a dodgy situation while detecting?
Post by: Caberfeidh on July 25, 2016, 09:44:50 AM
Packs of Killer Attack Badgers roam the land !  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-180640/Badger-attack-like-horror-movie.html
Title: Re: Question of the day.. ever encountered a dodgy situation while detecting?
Post by: Oldblue110 on July 25, 2016, 10:04:16 AM
It was a bit of an eye opener for me that's for sure, hope I never get in such a situation again.
Title: Re: Question of the day.. ever encountered a dodgy situation while detecting?
Post by: Grant on August 27, 2016, 10:03:54 PM
I'd have shot em
Title: Re: Question of the day.. ever encountered a dodgy situation while detecting?
Post by: Oldblue110 on August 27, 2016, 10:52:26 PM
Can't say I didn't consider it, it was touch and go a few times.