The Key to Metal Detecting: “Dig A Lot of Holes”


Stories about hidden caches of money and valuables from the western settlers and easterners riding the rails float around Montana for young men and women like George Wyant.

These stories motivated Wyant to start poking around old cabins and structures in his home state looking for treasures. He said it’s always been in his blood to look for treasure.

Now, “King George,” as they call him, is a reality TV star and expert treasure hunter.

“I was always the best at finding silver dollars,” Wyant told Daniel Litwin on an episode of Discover the Truth. “My buddies started saying I was the king of silver – that’s how the nickname started.”

Wyant is a star of the National Geographic reality television show, “Diggers.” He and his partner, Tim Saylor, have been looking for treasure together for more than 10 years.

“When we first started, we decided to finally get a metal detector,” Wyant said. “He told me he was getting a $1,000 Garrett Metal Detector. Well, I couldn’t let him get a better machine than me, so I got one, too.”

The show ran from January 1, 2013 to October 19, 2019. Wyant said being on the show was hard, and he was adamant that neither he nor Tim would ever fake a find by planting something in the ground ahead of time.

Despite being arguably one of the best treasure hunters on the planet, Wyant did have some advice for beginners.

“I would try to find an old house or playground, some place that doesn’t have a lot of other stuff like trash and debris,” he said. “That, and trust your machine. You’re going to have to dig a lot of holes, but after a while, you’re going to be able to pick out the treasure among all the trash.”

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