There are quite a few different types of metal detector hobbyists. Seems the types of targets desired determine the types of detecting you do. Naturally, where you live plays a huge part in determining which kind of detectorist you are. Someone seeking colonial relics in Utah is going to have a pretty challenging and miserable experience!
What types of metal targets are out there to be found? Coins, relics, jewelry and ores are what all immediately come to mind. Ohioans are blessed with good opportunities to find three of the four. Not many gold nuggets around here, though I have heard stories of some people panning for gold