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TOPIC: Large Coils & A Simple Harness Can Increase Your Recovery Rate

Large Coils & A Simple Harness Can Increase Your Recovery Rate 5 years 11 months ago #14457

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There is a certain amount of advantage to swinging a larger coil, the most notable being coverage area and increased depth. I swing the larger coils quite a bit when hunting over the wet sand and at times, when the conditions are right, I even use these larger coils in the water. No doubting these larger coils have increased my overall production quite a bit.

However, the obvious down side to swinging these larger coils is the additional weight at the end of the detector shaft, a condition that can quickly bring about hunter fatigue. But there is a way to counter this condition by using a harness. In fact, after finally using a harness I can't image going back to swinging these larger coils without one. The harness allows me to swing these larger coils day long without any additional fatigue.

A harness can be purchased commercially or you can simply make one yourself, which is what I did. All that is required is a simple chest/shoulder harness, a stainless “I” bolt and wing nut, and a length of bungee cord with hooks at each end. The actual chest/shoulder harness can come from just about anywhere, I've found them at the local Goodwill stores and even found some that were originally part of day-packs, back-packs, baby-packs, camel packs, etc. Nearly all of them will work and I especially like the idea of having the added storage capabilities that some of these packs can offer me when hunting long hours or far from the vehicle.

The two pictures below are of the simple harness I use most often. This was actually part of “Bag Boy” golf assembly at one time, the wide Velcro buckle holding very securely and making for easy on & off. From here it was just a simple matter of a finding a lineman's clip, something you can get at any hardware store, and a bungee cord that would allow me to tie knots in it until I achieved the desired tension. The stainless I-bolt just required the drilling of a single clearance hole in the detector shaft. The parts for these harnesses are super easy to find and the cost, time, and labor required to install them is very minimal. Like I said, I have a few different harness assemblies for different occasions depending on when and where I might be hunting.


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There is no arguing that swinging a larger coil offers the hunter more coverage area and depth, two huge advantages when hunting over fairly flat terrains and those deep sands of summer. Most of today's larger coils are also sensitive enough to detect even the smallest items at impressive depths so there's virtually no lose in performance when switching to the larger coil in these milder conditions. Basically these larger coils allow you to cover twice as much beach with the added advantage of increased depth, these being two huge factors that can really add to your pouch at the end of the day.
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