A quick word from We dig

Sharing our passion of saving history by helping YOU save it!

     Really quickly I would like to say that this series is all about our We Dig Metal Detectors Field Team. As being part of the community and giving back is so important to all of us here at, We Dig Metal Detectors, we thought this would be a great way to share our love for the hobby and highlight some of the hobby’s best detectorists. Our Field Team members, are comprised of some of the hobby’s greatest ambassadors! We can’t say enough about our Field Team, but through out the series you will learn about each one of them and grow to love them and how they represent the hobby! As of right now we have five Field Team Members, if you know someone who is a great ambassador for the hobby, and loves to share their love for the hobby on YouTube or social media, shoot us an email we would love to discuss it with you! [email protected] is a direct line to our CEO Andrew O’Neal!

Copper Head Mike

    

WHO IS COPPER HEAD MIKE

Mike Meehan, Stillwater, NJ

     

A little bit about myself: My name is Mike Meehan, and I was born and raised in Stillwater, NJ. I have a lovely fiancée and two dogs, a French Bulldog and a Catahoula. I played Division III Lacrosse in college where I majored in International Business and Spanish.  My other hobbies include cooking BBQ on my smokers (@BOARBQ), fishing, hunting, and Dungeons & Dragons.

     I was introduced to metal detecting by Trey while we were at work about 2 years ago. One trip out into the field and a pewter flat button later, and I was hooked. I have always been a history buff and I have an archaeologist in the family, so one could say that saving history is in my blood. Once introduced to the hobby, metal detecting was a natural perfect fit. I started my detecting journey with a Fisher F44, which quickly lead to a Garrett AT Pro, and now finally my baby, the Equinox 800. Each detector has taught me something new, and I think that having experience with a variety of brands has been a crucial aspect in my development as a detectorist, as well as helping overcome the learning curves associated with changing machines.

     I think the main thing that keeps myself as well as a large portion of us out there hooked on the hobby is the mystery and intrigue that surrounds a find. Who was the last person to touch a coin or relic? What was their life like? How did it end up here? The fact that we often cannot trace a coin or relic to a permission keeps that intrigue alive, and makes it that much more special when you can tie a find into the history of a permission. Fortunately, we live and hunt in an extremely history-rich area so there is always the potential to dig a bucket-lister, so that definitely keeps me hooked as well.

     When it comes to detecting - put me anywhere and I am a happy camper. That being said, I’m a sucker for a nice farm field with an old barn or starter house on it. I love field permissions because of the variety of finds usually spans across a few centuries and you never really get the feeling of it being hunted out. The 15-inch coil on the Equinox 800 is a game changer for covering ground and still recovering tiny targets, so you’ll almost always spot me wielding that beast when I’m hunting field permissions. Again, we are truly fortunate to live in such a history-soaked region and have the privilege to be able to recover some of the oldest history in the US, so I am always content as long as I am out detecting. 

   My favorite find to date has to be my NJ State Copper. I was one of the last few in the group to find one, and being a lifelong New Jersey native, it holds a special place in my heart. Other than that, I think I drool the most over 1800s US silver coins. The artwork on those coins just absolutely floors me every time, and pulling them out of the ground is always a reason to celebrate. I've still got plenty of bucket-list items to check off, so stay tuned, as there are definitely more favorite finds to come!