Doug Stickley

  • Land/Shallow Water Search

Cost For My Service

I work on a Reward Basis… That means you pay me what it's worth to you and what you can afford, for me to come out and find your lost item. There will be a call out fee of $25.00 to cover my gas expenses if the item isn't found.

Search Types

Only land searches at this time...Yards, parks, beach but not water...

Search Locations

Springfield and the surrounding areas, I'm not restricted to any particular area - I'd likely accept requests from anywhere in northern or central VA outside this area call to discuss my gas fees.

Doug Stickley's Bio

I'm 60 years old, and semi-retired, after 24 years in the Army and a shorter career as a defense contractor. I spent many years stationed in Germany, which is where I really got involved in detecting, starting about 30 years ago. As I'll probably go back to work full- or part-time, this will be a 'part-time' hobby for me. My best finds to date include a lost US high school ring, returned by me to its owner after about 50 years in the ground in Germany; a 300-year old metal sealing wax stamp, donated by me to a museum in Heidelberg, Germany; and various items, including an old pocket watch and a pair of brass knuckles, found on the site of a small battlefield in Germany (at which my uncle, an 18 year old US Army infantryman, went listed as 'Missing in Action' in 1945). I find metal detecting both relaxing and challenging. I've owned several detectors over the years, and currently use a Garrett.

Doug Stickley - Recent Blog Posts

  • Splendor in the Grass (Clippings) (2016)

    Got a call last Wednesday from Eric, who had lost his palladium wedding ring while doing some yard work.  We linked up at his house on Thursday afternoon, and after some discussion in which he pointed out the two areas where he thought the ring would most likely be, I searched both for an hour […]

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  • Lost wedding ring in Fairfax Station, VA – Found (2016)

    Drove to Texas about 12 days ago, and was surprised when the first call I got on my cell phone down there was from a man living near my Virginia home, who had lost his wedding ring doing yardwork the day before. I told him I’d be happy to look for it, but was away […]

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  • My First Find of the Year (2016)

    Got an email last night from a lady whose husbands’ wedding ring had slipped off while he was cutting plywood in his backyard the day before.  We were able to coordinate a search time for this evening.  When I arrived, I asked a few questions about the loss, since it was dark and mighty cold, […]

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  • Indoor Search is Successful (2015)

    Got a call Thursday morning from a gentleman who said his fiancé had dropped her engagement ring in their laundry room, and they couldn’t find it. I explained that I searched for things lost outside, with a metal detector, but had put together a search guide for folks who lost things inside their homes.  I […]

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  • Lost two rings in the snow, Crystal City, VA; One Found (2015)

    Around mid-week, I got an email from a gentleman who had engaged in an impromptu snowball fight with his wife and son while out walking.  After a few un-gloved throws, his wife realized she had thrown off two gold rings. As the ground was covered with snow, they looked around but didn’t find the lost […]

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