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Bounty Hunter Bud 1

The Bud-series detectors

NOTE: The following manual was scanned with OCR software. Be aware that there may be a few misspellings or anomalies due to the inaccuracies of the software translation. Images are excluded due to the memory requirements; therefore, there will be references to illustrations that do not exist in this text only document.

Treasure Hunter's Code of Ethics:

1. Respect the rights and property of others.

2. Observe all laws, whether national, state or local. Aid law enforcement officials whenever possible.

3. Never destroy priceless historical or archeological treasures.

4. Leave the land and vegetation as it was. Fill in all holes.

5. Remove all trash and litter when you leave.

6. All treasure hunters may be judged by the example you set. Always conduct yourself with courtesy and consideration for others.

PLEASE--Help protect our great hobby by respecting the rights of others. Always obtain permission before searching on private property. be extremely careful with your probing, picking up and discarding trash, and ALWAYS COVER YOUR HOLES.


Assembly of this unit is easy and requires no special tools. The only assembly re required is to attach the search coil and lower stem to the upper stem and control housing .

1) Depress the button on the upper end of the lower stem. and slide it into the upper stem. Push the lower stem up so that the button snaps into the third hole from the end of the upper stem.

2) Wind the search coil cable around the stem as shown.

3) Install the coil connector into the mating connector on the control housing.


This unit can be assembled in either of two configurations or easily converted from one to the other. The electronic control housing can be mounted on the arm rest pole, or can be body mounted.

To body mount:

1) Remove the wing nuts from the bottom of the control housing remove the housing from the pole and reinstall the wing nuts into the housing bottom

2) The control housing is equipped holes at the rear of the case which accommodate the spring clips of the shoulder strap.

3) Attach strap to case. Unwrap just enough cable from around the stem to allow good freedom of use.

BATTERIES The is equipped with 9-volt transistor radio batteries (Eveready #216 or equivalent). Access to the batteries is gained by pulling out on the battery doors located on the bottom tom of the control housing.

CONTROLS The following is a picture of all the controls and switches on your unit and their functions.

POWER SWITCH AND MODE SELECTOR Used to turn on unit and check batteries and select ALL METALS OR DISCRIMINATION.

OFF-- --DISC. DISCRIMINATION ADJUST Sets level of trash rejection.

TUNER Sets level of audio sound for ALL METALS MODE.



In DISCRIMINATE Mode if you get movement to right the object is good


Your unit uses two 9-volt transistor batteries (Eveready No. 916 or equivalent). To test your batteries, switch power switch to BAT check. The needle must fall within the good on the meter.


When the needle falls within the good section the battery is ok.

Remember 95% of all detector malfunctions are either due to faulty batteries or poor connections at the battery clip. Always check your battery condition if you feel your detector is not working properly. After you have connected and unconnected your batteries several times the prongs on the clip lead may spread apart o, the prongs on the battery itself may be spread gently squeeze these prongs together with your fingers to ensure a good snug fit .

Anytime you are going to store your detector make sure you remove the batteries Storing the batteries in your refrigerator is the best place for them.


Your new detector has been designed with simplicity and optimum performance in mind.

To operate in the Discrimination Mode:

1) Turn the 'Power' switch fully clockwise to 'DISC'.

2) Press and hold push button. Adjust 'Tuning' for a slight audio tone. Release push button, the unit is now properly set for silent 'GBIDISC' operation.

3) Set the 'DISCRIMINATION' control to the desired level of trash rejection.

Note: The discriminate adjust setting determines whether certain metal objects will cause a 'positive' audio response. For example, when set to reject pull tabs - nails, foil, and nickels will cause 'NO' audio response. All other coins, & large rings will cause a positive tone.

4) Sweep the loop over the search area as shown. Remember: good objects will respond with a GOOD POSITIVE signal tone. Bad objects will not respond or will have a broken weak tone.

NOTE : This detector relies on motion to activate the Disc. mode

5) To pinpoint a good object - Slowly 'X' the target. (See 'Pinpointing the Target' on the following page.)

To operate in the ALL METALS mode:

1) Turn the Power/mode switch to 'ALL METAL'.

2) Press and release the push button to retune.

3) Slowly sweep the loop over the search area as previously shown. In this mode the detector will respond with a positive signal tone on ALL types of metal.

Once it has been determined the target is good, carefully remove the target taking care not to damage the object. In lawn areas, caution should be exercised so as to not damage the grass or leave unsightly and dangerous holes.



Convenient Thumb-Push Button may be pressed momentarily to re establish the tuning threshold. . .OR. . .TO CHANGE is not necessary to change the Mode Select switch each time. If searching in the ALL-METAL VLF Mode, depressing the push button switches the unit to the VLF DISC, Mode and keeps it there for as long as the button is depressed.

If the Mode Select Switch is placed in DISC Mode, the reverse is true. therefore, searching can be done in DISCRIMINATE but pin pointing is accomplished in ALL-METAL by simply holding the but ton depressed.



In this mode you will be able to tune out items that you don't want to find depending on the level of discrimination you choose.

In addition to turning out unwanted targets you will get a good or bad indication on the meter EXAMPLE: Try this with search coil in the air so that you don't have to be concerned with ground interference. With Disc. set to Min., increase until foil is rejected. Pass a piece of tin foil by the coil, there will be no sound and you will get meter movement towards bad Pass a quarter by the search coil and you will get an increase in sound and meter movement towards good.

When switching to the DISCRIMINATE Mode, many unwanted items are rejected AUTOMATICALLY (will fail to generate a signal)! the drawing above shows the se sequence of rejection using the DISCRIMINATE Adjust control.

FOIL (Includes gun, candy, cigarette wrappers, and miscellaneous thin gauge scrap .) PULL TABS (From aluminum drink cans).

Unlike other detectors, there is negligible loss of sensitivity (depth capability) when changing from the FOIL level to PULL-TAB level. However, at this level, as with other manufacturers discriminator, the NICKEL COINS can no longer be detected. Also, because of the shape and nickel content some rings may be bypassed.

SCREW CAPS IN THE SCREW CAP level, some sensitivity is lost, so it is recommend ed that, for maximum performance, you discriminate at no higher than the PULL-TAB level unless the search area is heavily strewn with SCREW CAPS. In fact, the best rule of thumb is always to use the lowest level of discrimination possible for a par ticular area.


When you have the Discriminator level set to TIN FOIL pull tabs will show good since you haven't tuned them out When you have the discriminate level set to PULL TABS the large aluminum screw . caps will show good Also when you are set to the PULL TAB level most gold rings and all nickels will show bad


The detector should be held in a position that is comfortable for you. Sweep the detector from side to side in about a three foot arc. The Bounty Hunter does not need to be hurried, so go at a pace that doesn't wear you out.

Sweep in a slightly overlapping pattern as shown. Use as you would any normal detector -- the search signal should '"peak" as the target center IS passed. Try to keep the search coil parallel to the ground at all times and avoid lifting the coil off the ground at the end of each swing This will pre vent loss of detection of some deeper targets, since you are putting more distance between the coil and the target on a careless swing.


When a target is located generally with a side-to-side sweep, the exact location may be determined by also passing the coil in a forward and back sweep as shown at the right

By using the ALL METAL MODE the detector will automatically reduce target signal strength thereby making it easier to pinpoint the target


NOTE: The search coil must be moving to detect a target using the DISC. system. However, the detector operates very effectively at slow sweep speeds and with a lit tle practice, you can pinpoint in the DISC. MODE.

The DISCRIMINATION MODE is not affected by ground mineralization, and when us ed at the beach it will go from wet sand to dry and back without changing tune. The DISCRIMINATE MODE is recommended for areas of heavy surface trash. Any level in this mode will reject small surface area targets such as wire, nails, tacks, rivets-- that to other detectors may look like coins. Larger junk targets are easily Identifiable because of their erratic signal or widespread signal area. Often you will receive a signal from a target that is difficult to "Read" to really deter mine what It is. What may seem to be a bad target because of the signal pattern, may be a combination of targets. Lets take an example: With the detector set in the DISC. MODE and DISCRIMINATE level set to reject Pull Tabs.

With the audio signal produced, at first you may be tempted to pass on and forget It. Don't. A situation like this may be worth an investigation.

1. Switch to the "ALL METAL" (VLF) MODE for pinpointing

2. Sweep the search coil across the target area in both directions to see if you can Isolate the signal Into more than one target.

3. If you do determine that there is more than one target present, try sweeping the coil over it at a more favorable angle in the DISCRIMINATE MODE to get a more reliable reading. For example:



While searching in DISCRIMINATE, an iron bottle cap may "blip", but can be Iden tified quite easily.

Once a target signal has been received, take notice of its audio strength and your sweep direction. Now sweep over the same target at 90- to the first sweep and compare the strength to the first response. If the signal diminishes at all, you may leave it for a bad target (Iron bottle cap). However, if it remains strong, it is a good target. With very little practice, this procedure will become second nature and you will begin to experience the real joy of using your detector.


From time to time, you will acquire a good sounding signal that seems to pass all the tests for a coin or other valuables It will be loud, clear and positive. In fact, targets like this are usually objects having a large surface area and may consist of an alloy or plating that will cause the detector to respond to the nonferrous portion. Among these may be aluminum containers, such as beer and pop cans, or a composite item such as a discarded alarm clock.

The big give-a-way to this kind of signal will be its size, both in ground area and signal strength. With practice, you will soon discover the sound response can tell a lot. Usually, a coin gives a good solid sound regardless of sweep direction. When checking a target, listen to the SIZE of the sound in the ALL METAL MODE. A large target produces sound over a greater area than does a single coin.

Hot Rocks: On all motion type detectors, you will find some targets that read "good" in the MOTION DISCRIMINATION MODE, but when you switch to the ALL METAL" MODE to pinpoint, you find that the target had "nulled out" or caused the ALL METAL MODE to "go quiet" when directly over this target. This is because you have located what people call "HOT ROCKS". The hot rocks are objects that are less conductive than the ground you are hunting.



Metal detectors are sensitive electronic instruments. Although it does not have to be babied, reasonable care must be taken to help ensure a long trouble-free life for your detector.

KEEP IT CLEAN . . .Take a few minutes after each use to remove dirt and dust. Wipe the housing and wash the coil, especially if it has been dipped in salt water. A plastic bag over the control box at the beach will help protect the unit from sand and prevent corrosion due to salt air.

KEEP IT COOL . . . Never store your detector in an extremely hot environment, such as an automobile trunk in the summer, for extended periods of time. The prolonged heat will not only shorten battery lite considerably, but can cause electronic components to breakdown.

KEEP IT SAFE . . . Never transport your detector in such a manner that wi!l subject it to extreme vibration or shock The unit may be cushioned by wrapping it in a blanket or by putting it in a carrying bag or case designed for the purpose.

COIL. . .The coil is waterproof and may be submerged in either fresh or salt water. Caution should be exercised to prevent water from entering the chassis. After the coil is used in salt water, the coil should be rinsed well with fresh water to prevent corrosion of the metal parts

EARPHONES . . . The use of earphones will benefit you in two ways. Most earphones will very effectively block out most of the ambient noise,. such as traffic noises and wind noise, which will enable you to better hear the fainter signals caused by the deeper targets. Secondly, using earphones will greatly extend the battery life, since it takes much less power to operate them. Any good 8 or 16 ohm set with 1/4 inch stereo jack will do.

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