Time to Cool it!

Not much happening here in my neck of the woods and I’m still having trouble getting around. If you can don’t get old. It’s no fun at all…

Since we’re into the 100 degree days here in Texas here’s a throwback from 2014 that I hope you will take to heart….


As I was watching the Joe Patrick videos he mentioned that in August of 1996 he was out detecting on a very hot day and out of the blue had a heart attack.  To make matters worse he was hunting in a rural area and was alone. Fortunately for Joe his wife had given him a cellphone a couple months before and he was able to call for help.  Hearing this made me think about how lucky I have been over the years for I too can remember many detecting forays into the hinterlands all by myself and this was before the advent of cellphones.

Right now here in Texas the temps are beginning to climb along with the humidity.  The mid-90’s we have now will sound oh so good come July and August when 30 straight days of over 100 are not uncommon, and at that point the “Stout heat scale” reads ‘are you shitting me’?  Yep I’m a wuss, a coward, a wimp when it comes to detecting in the heat and you should be too, no matter your age.  The “never quit” mentality is not macho, it’s foolish and stupid.


  1. Check with your doctor if any of your medications might preclude being out in the sun
  2. Have a cell phone on your person (at all times)
  3. Go detecting with a partner especially if you are hunting in a rural area
  4. Hunt during the cooler part of the day, either mornings or evenings
  5. Wear light colored clothes that are loose fitting
  6. Not only be aware of the temperature but be aware of the “heat index” too
  7. Use sunscreen and wear a hat that covers the ears
  8. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water before detecting as well as during
  9. Avoid drinking caffeinated beverages or alcohol (got that Bubba?)
  10. Take frequent rest breaks

As a result of my neuropathy and arthritis number one is important for me. I am a 13 pill a day junkie and two of my medications cause me to sweat and can play hell with my system if I am out in the sun for any length of time. Be sure to check any such warnings on your meds as well.

Now that I’ve put a scare into you get out and enjoy your pastime. Just use caution during the hot summer months and remember that your health and your family are more precious than any treasures you  might find!


A few of you have told me how much you enjoyed the Joe Patrick interviews and I am happy to say there’s a third one now out for viewing…..

According to Joe there will be a fourth and possibly a fifth coming soon. Great stuff!!


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13 responses to “Time to Cool it!

  1. Good all round advice.
    Hunting in the heat of the day, water in bottles becomes warm. The cure?
    take a pint glass, or pitcher, and fill with water. Then add about one and half tablespoons of whiskey or bourbon but only enough so as the water takes on a VERY SLIGHT tint. Fill your canteen. Now, even if the water becomes warm, the slight tang of the whiskey/Bourbon gives the impression of being cool.
    Enjoyed the Joe Patrick vid.

    • Adding whiskey or bourbon sounds like a disaster to me Bubba. At least on a hot day…

      • I agree, and certainly not in the way I like it. It’s just the tiniest amount. You could drink a gallon of this water and you’d still be upright. Just a tablespoon, or less, to slightly tint the water. It’s an old desert trick.

  2. John Taylor

    sorry John sounds like a “quick exit!” any “taste” on a hot day in the sun “could” turn the lights out! I’m just sayin’

    j (2-stabs,maybe 3 t)

  3. John Taylor

    Joe Patrick loves the “Tesoro” and has found his share over the years! tesoro is NOT dead in the hearts, and minds of many guys who have tons of experience in the field. just sayin’

    j (2-stabs,maybe 3) t

  4. Ed B.

    Very good advice about the heat. At age 75 now, I no longer hunt if the temp goes past 80, unless there’s a lot of shade on the hunt site and if the humidity is low. Additionally, my hunts are generally no more than three hours long.

  5. Joe Patrick

    I agree with Ed B. 100%. I almost never hunt in the summer and 80 degrees and higher is also my cutoff temperature. The problem here in Pennsylvania is that we almost always have high humidity to go along with the high temp’s and those two combined are a detecting killer for me. Then too, there are the nasty deer ticks. I hate those things!

    It has now been 25 years since that fateful day in 1996 and fortunately all is and has been well ever since. I still have that flip-phone as a memento of that day. Maybe I should frame it and hang it on my wall. Ha! John Taylor is correct; I still have much respect for Tesoro metal detectors and still own and use several. However, as many detectorists now know, the Minelab Sovereign is still my go-to metal detector and has been ever since it came out. I just know it and “connect” very well with it. Over the past few months, using my Sovereign, I have found the following: 1901 Indian Head cent, 1901 Barber quarter, 1917-D Mercury dime, two 1898 Barber dimes, 1925 Mercury dime, 1787 New Jersey copper cent, a no date colonial copper, a 1700s Indian Trade Silver broach, numerous colonial buttons and a 1955 Roosevelt dime. Then, it got hot and I haven’t been out since… now waiting for fall and cooler weather to arrive. I have a new Vanquish 550 that I have been working with and it, like all metal detectors, has its good and bad points. Time will tell if I keep it or not. My friend Scott has done exceptionally well with his. My friend Bob Sickler has done very well using his Garrett Ace Apex. So stick with what works well for you! There are many good metal detectors out there. Site selection is critical as is knowing your “machine”.

    Dick, thanks for my online interview plug. All five videos of that series can be found here plus my Patriot ID meter video: https://www.youtube.com/user/BillTheRelic/videos

    I can’t wait for fall to arrive! Good hunting to all!

    • Great finds Joe. Envious! Haven’t been able to get out physically but the current forecast helps with the depression.


    • John Taylor

      hi Joe! as you have probably discovered the vanquish 540 goes some deep! occasionally, you will find iron at depth too, but over all, I am delighted with the 540. it’s honestly renewed the “anticipation” factor for me. simple, rugged,and a ton of fun to use. if ya give it some time, i believe you WILL be rewarded.

      i still hunt with a Tesoro “Mojave”.use it primarily for “curb strips” the little 7″ concentric coil is a “tiger” in iron great set-up.

      j (2-stabs,maybe 3) t.

      • Joe Patrick

        John, Yes, that is what my friend Scott keeps telling me and he has been a long-time Sovereign user. He has done very well with his Vanquish and that is part of the reason why I decided to buy one and try it. I’ve only used it a few times but will get back to it once cooler weather arrives. As much as I love the Sovereign it is bulky and somewhat heavy to use but I tolerate that because it works so well for me and I have so much confidence and experience in using it.

  6. I had a scary experience with severe dehydration at a hunt a few years ago. Headache, confusion, passed out (thankfully I was sitting when that happened). It was hot, but I wasn’t thirsty so I didn’t drink anything. TIP- In older adults dehydration can occur without thirst. I know the signs now, but I didn’t then. Drink lots of fluids whether you want to or not.

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