Bounty Hunter Tracker IV Information & Details:
- Three modes (All metal, full discrimination, tone discrimination)
- Two Knobs (Sensitivity and discrimination)
- Requires two 9 volt alkaline batteries
- Automatic ground balancing
- Weight 2.9 pounds
- 8 inch coil
Bounty Hunter Tracker IV Review & Guide:
The Bounty Hunter Tracker IV Metal Detector was the first metal detector I purchased. The Bounty Hunter Tracker IV is popular because it is simple to use and very reasonably priced (around 100 bucks). This is a no bells and whistles machine (no LCD screen and has basic controls). What it lacks in flash it makes up for in ease of use. This detector also makes a great backup when you decide to upgrade down the line. Mine stays in back of my Jeep for those unexpected detecting sessions. If I see a park I want to detect or a sidewalk tear-out, I have my Bounty Hunter right there ready to search for goodies!
When I first started I set the detector to all metal (center position on the toggle switch) with the discrimination as low as possible (right dial turned all the way to the left) and the sensitivity to half way (left dial turned to the middle). The reason I did this was because I just wanted to see if the detector worked! Sure enough I was getting signals that only gave one tone and it was exciting knowing there was something in the ground.
As you get more familiar with the Bounty Hunter Tracker IV Metal Detector there are many opinions on the proper settings. My personal view is that you want the detector to help you find out what the target is through the tones but never discriminate targets from not being heard, with the exception of iron. Additionally, you want to keep the sensitivity as high as possible without falsing (detector signals a target but there is none).
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Bounty Hunter Tracker IV Manual:
There is no better place to learn about a metal detector than from it’s own manufacturer. It provides details on the Bounty Hunter Tracker IV and gives some good basics on metal detecting. This is the manual from Bounty Hunter’s website (PDF file). Click here to have a look at the Bounty Hunter Tracker IV Manual.
My Personal Bounty Hunter Tracker IV Settings:
- Toggle switch in the right position (Tone discrimination)
- Right dial turned all the way to the left (No discrimination)
- Left dial turned between half way and three forths to the right (mid/high sensitivity)
As stated above the ideal setting is to keep the sensitivity as high as possible without falsing. That said, the best Bounty Hunter Tracker IV settings for the beach would be to have no discrimination and the sensitivity at max because in general the sand is very easy to dig and you don’t want to miss that gold ring!
Popular Bounty Hunter Tracker IV Accessories:
Below are some common Bounty Hunter Tracker IV accessories that assist with metal detecting. Accessories are important because they are about making metal detecting more efficient. Pinpointers are great for finding targets quickly while having different coil sizes allows you to hunt in certain areas that you otherwise could not.
Bounty Hunter Metal Detector Headphones
While headphones are not necessary for the Bounty Hunter Tracker IV they do assist with acquiring targets because they reduce outside noise allowing you to hear targets better. They also make your metal detecting a little more discreet because the sounds of the metal detector won’t be heard by others. Also, they improve the battery life of the metal detector. For more information, check out the Bounty Hunter Metal Detector Headphones!
Bounty Hunter Metal Detector Carrying Bag
A carrying case is great because you can store your metal detector and accessories in one easy to grab carry bag. I keep my detector, gloves, pinpointer, and shovel all in the same carrying bag. Also, you can keep spare accessories like extra batteries as well so you always know where your metal detecting gear is.
Bounty Hunter Pin Pointer
A pin pointer is important because it helps you find the target once you have found it with your metal detector. If you are at the park or a relatives old property you don’t want to dig giant holes to dig up at that old silver quarter. The pin pointer lets you know if you are close to a target by beeping when you place it next to the metal object. Would you rather use a small handhold pinpointer to know if you have dug up the target or grab your detector everytime and scan a
clump of dirt. Check here for the lowest price on Bounty Hunter Pinpointer. Additionally, if you
want a water resistant and more rugid pin pointer check out the Garrett pro-pointer.
Bounty Hunter Tracker IV Rechargeable Batteries
The Bounty Hunter Tracker IV uses 2 9 volt batteries and because 9 volt batteries can be a little pricey, think about grabbing some rechargeable ones. I use these Tenergy 9 volt batteries as they are very well rated and affordable. These will work with most universal chargers and provide a long charge so you can hunt without worrying about the batteries going dead.
If you are close by any body of water you need to try metal detecting the dry beach sand. In order to dig up the targets in the most efficient way, you need to purchase a beach metal detecting sand scoop. These are designed to quickly sift through the sand so you can keep searching for the goodies. Have a look at my page dedicated to metal detecting sand scoops. Alternatively, if you want to search your local park or other area with dirt, check out this page on metal detecting digging tools.
Where to Hunt with the Bounty Hunter Tracker IV?
Research is an important part of metal detecting. Take a look around the area where you live and determine what you are searching for. Is it old relics, coins, or newer drops like change or jewelry? Personally, I like to do both but because of the area I live in, I am primarily a beach hunter.
I like to start in the playground sand (swings/slides are a great spot) as it is easy to find targets and a great location to test the machine! As you advance into digging in the grass I recommend you research proper digging technique as it is a quick way to get unwanted attention as people quickly notice large holes and dead grass left behind. Look for heavy activity such as sports, picnic spots under trees, and where spectators like to sit and watch. You never know what you will find! Click here for more beginner metal detecting location ideas.
The beach is my favorite place to metal detect. Why is that? Because it is easy to dig and the beaches are constantly being replenished with fresh drops. During the summer you can go after work, in the morning, or ideally, on Sunday evening to catch all the weekend travellers to see what was left behind. During the winter, storms can move the sand around and you can find older coins and artifacts. The Bounty Hunter Tracker IV will work great on the dry sand of the beach. You may want to turn up the discrimination as the beach can be quite trashy. Be sure to check out my webpage detailing my Beach Metal Detecting Tips.
Interested in buying the Bounty Hunter Tracker IV?
The Bounty Hunter Tracker IV is great because it has plenty of functions with the flip of a switch and great flexibility by adjusting the discrimination or sensitivity with the twist of a knob. If you are debating between the Bounty Hunter Tracker IV and the Garrett Ace 150 think about what would be easier to use? Knob or button functionality. If you want to pay the least amount and the use of knobs suits you, stick with the Bounty Hunter Tracker IV. When purchasing a metal detector you of course want the best price. So why not buy from the websites that have consistently low prices. To the right is the best price on Amazon if you are interested in buying the new. Below are current Ebay auctions that include both new and used metal detectors. If you found the information useful and choose to buy from either of these sites, good luck with your new hobby!