Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Some Member Finds - Month of March

Carlo's Finds

1777 Belt buckle


Glen's Finds


Big Mike's Finds

"Busy" Bill H. Finds

Steve's Finds


One of Jack's Finds


John's Finds

Note the iPod

Friday, March 23, 2012


 THE TREASURE HUNTERS ACADEMY offers a full-day seminar teaching you how to metal detect, using a combination of interactive classroom training, demonstrations and hands-on assistance with your own detector that may give you the skills you have been looking for.
Some of the topics that will be covered in their seminars include the following:
  • Selecting the right equipment for the type of treasure hunting you are interested in . . . . you might find that the best choice for you is not always the most expensive one, what others rave about on the Internet forums or that what you have will meet your needs without having to upgrade
  • What accessories work for your type of hunting and which can help you find more in less time
  • Innovative techniques to find sites that still hold the types of targets you are looking to find.
  • How to set your detector for optimal performance in your area and when searching for the specific type of targets you are interested in . . often a slight adjustment can make a huge difference in your success
  • Recovery techniques for all types of soil . . . . cutting your recovery time in half will double the number of finds you have at the end of the day!
  • How to identify, preserve and appraise your finds - and how to get the most for them if you want to sell them
  • Books, magazines, videos and Internet sites that can provide you with additional information to take you to the next level in terms of success for specific types of treasure hunting
  • Answers to questions you and other attendees have that can help you in your area and in the specific type of treasure hunting you focus on . . . no generic "mumbo-jumbo" or tips that don't work in your area here.


    Upcoming Seminar Dates and Locations

    Atlanta, GA: May 12, 2012 (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
    To purchase tickets to the Atlant, GA event  

    Gettysburg, PA: June 16, 2012 (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
    To purchase tickets to the Gettysburg, PA event

    New Haven, CT: August 4, 2012 (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
    To purchase tickets to the New Haven, CT event

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Free E-mail Subscription to NJ State Park Events

The New Jersey State Division of Parks and Forestry offers a Free E-mail subscription to events at our state parks. The E-mail gives you upcoming weekend events that are going on in some of the NJ's State parks and forests it also gives you the Park holding the event, the event info and the time and phone contact.
Great way to get out and explore. Just a reminder that you cannot metal detect in state parks.
Follow this link to enroll:

Sunday, March 11, 2012

German Made Detectors – Unlike Anything You Have Every Seen Before

Made in Germany by OKM their Model eXp 5000 Basic sells for $23,500 U.S. Plus Shipping & Insurance.


The eXp 5000 Pro sells for $56,799 U.S. and their eXp Gold Edition- $34,299 U.S., Plus Shipping & Insurance. Sold in the U.S. by KELLYCO  http://www.kellycodetectors.com/okm/exp5000.htm?cpao=130&utm_source=Nextag&utm_medium=sce&zmam=97952566&zmas=1&zmac=18&zmap=1158-5000P

eXp 4000 - metal detector and 3d ground scanner

Rover UC - Undercover Metal Detector

The Rover UC metal detector is hidden in a walking stick 
with integrated FM radio.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

SPIKE TV To Air ‘American Digger’ Show

SPIKE TV announced that a new show would air on March 21st 10:00 PM, 9:00 Central- called ‘American Digger’ Since the annoucement there has been a fair amount of negative sentiment growing against this TV program. For example archaeologyfieldwork.com  said “New TV show encourages treasure hunting in battlefields and historic sites”  and has posted a link to a petition against it. http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-spike-tv-from-looting-our-collective-past.

By their own admission American Savage the company depicted in the show which is run by Rick Savage makes about $500,000 per year digging up historical artifacts. It is ironic that while this organization based in Jamestown, VA  goes about digging up historical artifacts, the U.S. Department of the Interior just announced an award of $895,405 to the state of Virginia to preserve historic sites.Virginia’s grant is among $46.9 million awarded to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and three affiliated Pacific island states.


Will all Metal Detecting hobbyists be portrayed in the same light?  
An online video clip (link below) of the new show illustrates the nature of their work. While it may seem entertaining to some, it may not convey the image of the average metal detectorist.  Most of us do not go around with backhoes, pick axe and large shovels digging gigantic holes in the ground and throwing dirt all around. One video promo shows them using explosives. 
So the next time you go seeking permission to dig on someones property, don't be surprised if they turn you down, especially if they have seen this show.

Rick Savage a former wrestler whose real name is Frank Huguelet stars in the SPIKE TV reality series. 
Read more: http://www.poptower.com/ric-savage.htm#ixzz1oemS3p5f

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Here is just part of the announcement released by SPIKE TV regarding the show. You can read the rest of the piece by clicking on the link below.
New York, NY, February 15, 2012 – Spike TV ventures around the country in search of historical treasure buried in the backyards of unsuspecting citizens in the new unscripted original series, “American Digger.” Premiering Tuesday, March 20 at 10:00 PM, ET/PT, “American Digger” follows the American Savage team, led by former professional wrestler-turned-modern- day relic hunter Ric Savage as they scour target-rich areas, such as battlefields and historic sites, in hopes of striking it rich by unearthing and selling rare pieces of American history.
In the US, there are millions of historical relics buried in backyards just waiting to be discovered and turned into profit. “American Digger” hopes to claim a piece of that pie as the series travels to a different city each week, including Detroit, MI, Brooklyn, NY, Chicago, IL and Jamestown, VA searching for high-value artifacts and relics, some of which have been untouched for centuries. After pinpointing historical locations such as Civil War and Revolutionary War battlefields, Savage’s first task is to convince reluctant homeowners to let his team dig up their property using state-of-the-art metal detectors and heavy-duty excavation equipment. The team will then sell any artifacts found for a substantial profit by consulting experts and scouring the antique and collectible markets, but not before negotiating a deal to divide the revenue with the property owners.
Throughout the series, items with great historical and cultural significance will be found, including a late 17th century British Carronade naval cannon, a 5 million year old Megalodon shark’s tooth and a 19th century Kentucky long rifle.
American Savage, based in Mechanicsville, VA, is the top artifact recovery company in the country, digging as much as half a million dollars worth of historical artifacts out of US soil each year. The team is comprised of recovery expert Rue Shumate, battlefield historian Bob Buttafuso, Savage’s wife Rita who manages the business and their 25-year old son Giuseppe, who provides tech support and is the “muscle” of the operation.

Read Morehttp://aroundthenetworks.com/spike-tv-announces-unscripted-show-american-digger/

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Sand Scoops – For Beach Hunting

There are a number of different kinds of scoops out there in different shapes and sizes; you just have to determine what suits your needs.

You could get a short hand scoop like the models shown below. Keep in mind that every time you want to scoop up sand and search for your target, you will have to bend down low to the ground.
Garrett Plastic Hand Scoop. While this is inexpensive and sells for under $20 on Amazon it looks very much like a child's toy shovel.                  

RTG Hand Scoop Sells for around $35 - Reilly's Treasured Gold, Inc.

Garrett Metal Hand Scoop. Online it sells for between $34 - $40 depending on site
The bucket of this RTG scoop is 5 inches in diameter by 9 inches long. The anodized handle is welded to the top of the sand scoop and is 12" long making the scoop about 18" overall long.

Sells for around $40 - Reilly's Treasured Gold, Inc.

This RTG long handle model the bucket on this sand scoop is 5 inches in diameter by 9 inches long. The handle is 40inches long making the overall scoop length 47 inches
Sells for around $99 - Reilly's Treasured Gold, Inc.

Note: RTG or Reilly’s Treasured Gold Inc. is located in Pompano Beach Florida USA

Outside the U.S.
We found a very interesting scoop called the STAVRscoop, which is made by a company in the Ukraine. Several reviewers indicate that they are very sturdy, just find out if they come with handles, as most of the photos did not show any. The interesting thing about these scoops are the number of holes in the bucket area. It would appear that it would work great in dry or wet sand as it looks very lightweight.

Sells for around $145  and Up depending on model 
STAVRscoop can be found online at http://stavrscoop.com/en/8-sand-scoop

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Metal Detector Manuals On Web Site

If you lost your owners manual or need one for your metal detector, this web site may have what you are looking for. Manuals are in PDF or Zip format. If you cannot find what you need here, we suggest that you check the manufacturers website.

            • Bounty Hunter
            • Fisher
            • Garrett
            • Minelab
            • Tesoro
            • Whites