DID YOU LOSE SOMETHING?
First of all, this page does not offer metal detector rental. I have made this page to intercept you from renting a detector until you know about the volunteers who can give you a much better chance of success.
You will triple your chances of finding your lost item by getting an experienced volunteer to come help you find your item.
The chances of a new detector user, with a rented detector, finding an item are slim. It takes 5+ years to learn how to use a metal detector well. My recovery rate is 75%+ and I do not charge any money or accept any rewards.
CRITICAL FIRST STEPS FOR YOU
Mark the location where you lost the item with an item, such as a stake. Human memories are flawed at recalling locations, do not trust yours! Do not skip this step!!!
Get out Your Flashlights!
Try to find the item visually at night if it is shiny – especially diamonds. Use a focused flashlight (bright!) and the hub and spoke search pattern. Sweep the flashlight left to right very, very slowly (like 15 seconds per arc) and have everyone look for a glimmer. This works sometimes. Be patient and slow.
Within 15 miles of Lexington? We’re good!
I must limit my free help to a radius of 10 miles from Lexington most of the time. I cannot hunt in water. I do not want any money for this help. Metal detecting leads are always a welcome payment. I will want to feature you on my blog as a recovery if possible.
I am willing to drive further to help if you can offer permission to hunt a pre-1900 location (farm, large yard, other historic site.) … I will simply make a day trip of it.
Further from Lexington and no permissions to offer? Contact me for other FREE options
What about Rewards?
I do not take rewards. But I would appreciate permissions/hints on old locations for me to metal detect.
Do not let large numbers of people see you hunting for something. There are people who will come back once you’ve left and find it!
No Grass Mowing! No livestock!
If the property is covered with grass and you do not own it, make sure that NOBODY MOWS the grass until you get the chance to hunt. Ask the property owner to put off mowing. If the grass gets mowed, the chances are cut in half.
Similarly, livestock can wreak havoc on recoveries. Horses and cows can eat lost items and they can smash it, ruining the item. If possible, keep livestock back.
Email is preferred – I check it often.
Otherwise, please leave a voice mail at (270) 681-2659*
* This is a voice mail box – I will not answer but will listen to your message usually within a few minutes and call you back as soon as I’m able. I may text you if I’m in a meeting.