Technology has come a long way when it comes to metal detecting. For example, you can get a fully wireless experience with Garrett Z-Lynk that connects various metal detector accessories including metal detectors, headphones, and pinpointers for a more focused hunt. The Quest Pro metal detector connects to an app to keep track of the path and finds on a hunt automatically. There are various apps for metal detecting available that work with all detectors, even if they aren’t fully integrated.
1. Metal Detect Using OnX Hunt GPS Maps
It’s so important to be aware of property boundaries. Using the OnX Maps Hunt App shows where these lines are and what type of property you’re on. This allows you to get permission to metal detect a private property from the landowners and keep away from federal land altogether.
Some federal property is used for conservation, and as such, digging on it is forbidden, even if you are allowed on it during designated times. Other property is used for military training and there aren’t always clear signs that exercises are happening until it’s too late. Even if there isn’t a training exercise going on, you can still end up in a lot of trouble if you are found on military installations without permission.
2. iSmart Detect for Metal Detecting
This app is designed to track finds and share them easily with others. When you find something, it’s as easy as snapping a picture to record the location. You can then take as many notes as you would like for future reference. It uses Google maps to place markers when you do make a record of the find.
3. Tect O Track Tracks Your Metal Detecting Finds
For an app that will track the path you walk, the location of finds, and storing pictures of finds with notes, check out Tect O Track. If you have large permission and want to grid it well over time, the app shows what you’ve detected previously. You can even color-code your finds and export your data to Google Earth. This gives you another view of your hunts.
There are not many non-detector-specific apps right now for the hobby, but the ones available are good at what they do. Technology is ever-evolving, and it will be interesting to see app developers integrate it into future and new builds.