Friday, August 22, 2014

Gotta Hear What This Police Officer Told Man Metal Detecting In Park

Policeman tells treasure hunter "Any holes left would have to have a city employee come and fill in."
A Spokane WA man found that you can’t dig holes in a Grand Coulee park. 
Steven Harder, 46, was found along with his metal detector, in a park alongside SR-174 in Grand Coulee WA
When police officer Joe Higgs got to the site, he found Harder with hand tools walking the park. He explained to Higgs that he was digging for buried treasure and always filled up the holes he dug.
Higgs told the man that he was digging in a city park and that any holes left would have to have a city employee come and fill in.
Harder said other cities allow people to dig. He was asked for his identification and then put away his treasure hunting equipment.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

American Digger's Relic Roundup Broadcasts

For diggers and collectors of history. An hour long program every Monday Night at 9:00 PM eastern standard time. Join your hosts Butch Holcombe and Jeff Lubbert as they explore the past. Learn more about Metal Detecting, Treasure hunting in all it's forms, and the preservation of history. Learn from our callers, and expert show guest's This is a call in show (678-439-1863) and you are encouraged to participate.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Treasure Show In New England - September 20, 2014

The Silver City Treasure Seekers of Taunton MA is having a treasure show on Saturday September 20, 2014. Sounds like an opportunity to take a long weekend getaway in New England.

Open Beach Hunt October 11, 2014 Annapolis, MD

The Maryland Free-State Treasure Club is having a open beach hunt on Saturday October 11, 2014 at Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis, MD 
Follow the link below to get a copy of the hunt rules and registration form.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Trying to Interpret Mercer County Parks Detecting Regulations

Some folks at the online "Friendly Metal Detecting Forum" have been talking about Mercer County Park regulations regarding detecting in their parks.  The point being that the regulations Do Not specifically say that metal detecting is not allowed. One member of the FMDF apparently asked someone at the Parks Dept. if metal detecting was allowed and the response was:   "We do not allow the use of metal detectors in our parks which we have over 10,000 acres."

Here is the only text from the park regulations that seems to apply to this issue.
No person shall dig or remove any dirt, stone, rock or substance whatsoever, make any excavation, quarry sand, stone or lay or set off any blast, or cause or assist in doing any of the said things within a County Park or Recreation Area

Read the complete regulations

Read the discussion on the Friendly Metal Detecting Forum

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

3rd Annual Deep Search Metal Detecting Club BBQ & Beach Hunt

This event is open to Deep Search Metal Detecting Club members and guests only!

Catskill mountain coin shoot and relic hunt ?

Found this posted on If interested suggest you send email to confirm location etc and get directions.

Open hunt on several properties totaling over 500 acres. July 26 & 27 in big indian ny. 30 miles west of kingston off of exit 19 on nys thruway. Write to

 Fee  of $50- Half of moneys collected will go to the person who finds the best relic and he other half goes to the local museum and firehouse.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Post-Sandy NJ Beach Replenishment

One of my favorite places to sit and soak up some sun is the beach at Long Branch at Pier Village. Visited the beach last week and I noticed some changes in both the color and contours of the beach. The sand nearest the boardwalk is dark in color with lots of shells while the sand down near the water is lighter and has few shells.
This peaked my interest so I went online to see if the Army Corps of Engineers were working on replenishing the sand on the beaches.
I was somewhat surprised to learn that they have been working on replenishing the sand on the beaches for some time.
Have not done any detecting on the Long Branch beach yet, but I am curious if the sand that they pumped onto the beach has any new goodies for us to find?

This is a link to an old article about the projects

    Pictures taken at Long Branch June 18, 2014

Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Lost My Stuff Group

While the name sounds a little odd this group helps search for lost items

Statement of purpose on their website We are a group of volunteer metal detectorists who have joined together to do just that!
We don't charge a fee for our services, nor do we expect a reward when we're successful. Our only goal is to help people in need, because we all believe it's just the right thing to do.
If you've lost something and would like one of our volunteers to help you search for it, just send us a Lost Item Report by completing the form on our Report a Lost Item Page.
Upon receiving your Lost Item Report, we'll forward your report to our volunteers and if any of them are near your location and can help, they'll email or telephone you to discuss how to best proceed.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Yellowstone Officials: treasure hunt is dangerous, illegal

Tim Reid, Chief Ranger at Yellowstone National Park, says park rangers found a group of five to six people that had metal detectors shovels and planned to dig. These are "violations of laws that govern Yellowstone and protect Yellowstone," explained Reid. They had even built a raft out of fallen trees and other natural items in the park, and tried to cross the river. But the rivers and creeks in Yellowstone are moving fast right now and Reid says they had to perform a swift current rescue. A dangerous task for all involved.                            

Reid says these hunters are searching for the Forrest Fenn treasure.  Fenn, lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is known for his memoir titled, "The Thrill of the Chase." It was published in 2010. The book includes a poem with clues he says will lead people to his treasure, worth millions. In 2013, Fenn revealed the treasure was hidden in the Rocky Mountains north of Santa Fe, and 5,000 feet above sea level. Not long after the clue was revealed, a man was arrested in Yellowstone National Park.

"The primary reason for being in the park was to look for the alleged treasure," said Reid. The court documents from 2013 show the man pleaded guilty for violating conditions of backcountry permitting. The man was fined $1,000 and banned from the park. The most recent offenders are facing a similar fate. "You can't use metal detectors, you can't dig and even if you find something you can't remove it," said Reid. According to federal law, that even includes rocks. The owner of Earth's Treasures in Bozeman Montana sells metal detectors and gold pans - even maps that indicate where you are allowed to dig and are not allowed to dig, such as a national park. There is currently one ongoing case in Yellowstone involving a Forrest Fenn treasure hunter. "We will be seeking the most aggressive penalty... Including cost recovery and banned from the park," said Reid. "National parks are here to use. But it is a privilege, not necessarily a right."

Monday, May 19, 2014

Floating Strainer for Beach / Surf Hunting

Ran across this hand made strainer that can be used in the surf. Appears that you could pickup most of the parts at Home Depot or Lowes.

Here ia another variation which looks really neat that is constructed of chicken wire, wood and a motor cycle inner tube.

This one is made from inner tube of a tire with a large plastic pan in the middle that has hundreds of holes drilled into it.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Detecting In New Jersey State Parks Requires A Permit

STATE PARK SERVICE CODE 7:2-2.16 Metal detectors
A person shall not use metal detectors or similar devices without a permit issued by Superintendent or designee. The permit may limit the location, hours, and days of use. A permit will not be issued for use in areas of significant historical or other value, or where such use would be incompatible with protection of the resource and/or interfere with public use of the facility.