This adventure started with a call from Tim saying he lost his Wedding ring after throwing hay over a fence to the horses. He said he has been married 27 years and would very much like to get the ring back. Tim and his wife had been looking for the ring for 4 days with a $50.00 metal detector they just purchased to try to find the ring. I told Tim I’m not trying to be rude or hurt your feeling but you are wasting your time with that approach. He told me that was exactly what he wanted me to say and when did I want to come to look for the ring. We still had a couple hours of daylight so I told him I could be on the road in fifteen minutes. I was thinking in my head “Horse + Hay = BRING THE TALL BOOTS” then explained some of the basic metal detector operation and why you needed a better detector and someone who knows how to use it. I can do two things tell you where the ring is not at or find the ring.
Fifteen minutes later I was loaded and headed to Tim’s house. When I got to the house Tim showed me the area he was getting the hay from and the three different spots he threw the hay over the fence. He has three horses he was feeding for the night. He did not realize the ring was missing till he was in the house getting ready to go to the neighbor’s house Saturday night. To myself, I’m thinking we don’t have an exact location it was lost but no big deal the area is pretty small. So I started the search and search I did. I searched the hay storage area twice the path he walked on twice and the area on both sides of the fence twice. So after about 2 hours in I was scratching my head on what to do next. I made a decision on grid searching the complete corral area then calling it a night. I had already told Tim I would return Saturday if I did not find the ring tonight. I switched the coil on my CTX3030 to the big 17-inch coil to cover the area faster. I was on my second pass and got a great sounding target but it was 4 inches down. Was thinking to myself the ring cannot be 4 inches down the ground already it is starting to freeze. Either way that sound needed to be investigated further. I ran up to get my raptor digging tool out of my truck, so, I could dig a big piece of the soil out, not do any damage just in case it was the ring. I had the ball of soil in my hand broke it apart and the ring appeared. I almost fell over thinking that is a big chunk of gold I was not expecting. I had only asked Tim what the ring was made of and if it is a small band or a wider one. Well, I cleaned the dirt off stuck the ring on my finger over my glove held my hand up in victory. Tim came out of his truck to see what I was doing, so, I yelled I have the ring. He ran over grabbed the ring off my finger and gave me a big hug. At that time his wife Deanna just got home and he gave her the news. She asked me where I found the ring then gave me a hug thanking me. The ring was out in the corral about 30 from the fence. Tim and I talked for a minute on how the ring could have gotten that far out. I think it got stuck on one of the horse’s hooves and got carried it out that far and he agreed that something like that happened.
I had a great time with Tim and his Wife Deanna they are both great people to talk to. As I was packing up to leave Tim mentioned he was amazed his wife said there are people that will come and look for your ring. He did an internet search and one of my blog posts came up first. He called me and got his ring back the same night. I told him my stuff is always ready. I can be loaded and on the road in 15 minutes if needed. I went home cleaned the horse droppings off my coils put the battery on the charger ready for the next adventure.
Got a call from Connie that her daughter had lost 2 rings in the water while swimming. The 2 rings are silver with diamonds. Met Conning the next morning to start the search at 8:00 am. Search time was 3 hours and found the rings in shoulder deep water about 50 feet from where they thought they were. Connie said after I found them she thought there was now way possible to find the rings. She was very happy to get them back.
Received a call from Max on Friday he had lost his Platinum wedding band in Crystal Lake on Wednesday. He was on the lake for a day of fun boating with the family. He was throwing a football and swimming just having a relaxing day. They had pulled the boat up on a sand bar in 4 feet of water about 50 yards off shore. The next morning he noticed his ring was missing.
I met him at the closest spot to the location on shore. He got permission to cross private property for me to get to the search area. The search area was very large and not having an exact spot the boat was anchored. Plus the wind was blowing directly into the shoreline with waves about 1 to 1 1/2 foot high and winds 15-20 mph. Max had to fly home the next day back to California and wanted to try to get the ring before flying back home. The boat was anchored in water about 4 feet deep. He pointed me in the direction of the area they anchored the boat in. Searched the area for 3 hours and the waves were growing. After the second wave went over my head, I decided to stop for the night and wait till the winds either died down or change direction. Called Max back and told him the plan and he did not want me to go back he was happy with my effort. I was not happy yet till the area had been completely searched.
Waited till Sunday and the wind was blowing off shore and the surface was calm. I had asked Max to text me any pictures the group had facing the shoreline. In the background of one of the pictures, I noticed a small pine tree lining up with a window frame on a house. On the other side of the picture in the background the land owners property I had to cross had a boat on a lift. The support for the canopy lined up with the windshield on the boat. I used those 2 points to triangulate a starting boat position. Max had stated he was in an area about 100 foot circle around the boat. So, I started the second search from the area I could not get to Friday due to the waves. I used snowplow stakes to mark a grid area and found the ring about 20 feet away from the Triangulated spot I had marked.
Shipped the ring to Max in California and I’m happy to help out.
Received a call from John at 6:00am that his wife had lost 5 rings on the beach in Leland,Mi. at 6:00 pm the night before. Met up with John and his wife an hour later to start the search. John’s wife had put the 5 rings on a lawn chair when she went into the water. She went to leave and she had forgot about the rings and folded up the chair to leave. They took me to the area they thought they were set up at. Which was in the area where people like to have bonfires on the beach. Luckily I have the CTX3030 and can sort through the junk pretty easily. About 5 feet away I got multiple good signals in the same 10 inch area. We found 4 of the 5 rings in the 10 inch circle. I continued to search for the last ring but could not find it. John and his wife had to leave and I continued the search for 2 more hours. I searched the complete beach area, parking lot and road to the house they were staying at. I tried different coils and directions put the detector in all metal mode and dug every iffy/crappy signal. I’m confident the last ring is not on the beach. I think because it is Turquoise and silver someone saw it and picked it up. We found the most important ring the Platinum with a nice diamond they were happy with finding the 4 rings.
I was very happy to help out and appreciate the reward.
I got a call from Juan because his wife Heather had lost her wedding ring in the yard while installing wood fencing. Talked to heather to get a primary area to start the grid search. The primary area was 10 feet wide by 50 feet long. Started the grid search and 5 minutes in got a good solid shallow signal looked down and found the ring in the grass. Heather stated she and Juan had been over the area multiple times and did not see the ring. I was glad to help out and like the short easy hunts.
My wife showed me a Facebook post on a lost ring in a local lake.
I called Steve and told him I could help and to take the post down before one of the local pirates goes to find the ring and not give it back. Met Steve 1/2 hour later to look for the ring. Search time was about 45 minutes and the ring was found in neck deep water.
I got an email from a lady named Charity stating she lost her white gold ring with diamonds. She was brushing snow of her vehicle when leaving work at 12:30 am. She had searched for the ring for an hour that night. Then the next day till she had to go inside to warm back up. I was on location an hour after getting the email. It was 9 degrees outside and found the ring about 8 feet from where she thought it was. The ring was packed into snow about 3 inched deep in the parking lot. The ring needed to be found before the snowplows got to it. Did not have a chance for a picture due to her being on duty at work. I was very happy to help in the recovery.