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Metal Detecting Hobby Talk
          July 2017       Metal Detecting Hobby Talk News Brief                                             Volume 8 Number 87
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I would like to point out to the News Brief readers that there are a number of organizations taking on the challenge against various types of legislation dealing with metal detecting and gold prospecting. MDHTALK's recommendation is to visit their website and give strong consideration to joining the fight. In some cases your support may be to send emails and / or write a letter to specific legislators or to provide funds to help with the fight. Here are the organizations and a link to their website.
Go to the Join The Fight MDHTALK Webpage to read more about each of these organizations
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The news brief provides a brief look into any news event. The intent of the news brief is to provide you, the reader, with news clips on what was taking place in the hobby last month. To read the whole story select the Article Link or go to There are more news stories placed on the MDHTALK website for June the news stories listed in the MDHTALK News Brief are just a portion of all the hobby related news reported the past month.  The news Brief is now available in Adobe PDF format, there is a link at the top of this webpage. The news brief is no longer emailed; it is only available on the MDHTALK website and can be downloaded.

The Website's featured article for this month: Is Recreational Metal Detecting on the Endangered List? ---Next Step
Metal Detecting StructureIntroduction. This article is a follow up to Is Recreational Metal Detecting on the Endangered List? YES
Each year there are more direct or indirect barriers to recreational metal detecting. The result is that these barriers make detecting more unlawful in the U.S. There probably are no silver bullets or break though solutions to change this environment; just hard work by those dedicated to preserving the hobby.

This article (Next Step) will be centered on Figure #1 which highlights the Recreational Metal Detecting Community and the Metal Detecting Supply Chain. Try to keep Figure #1 in your thoughts and refer to it from time to time as you read this article.

A very important negative aspect of the hobby is that the Recreational Metal Detecting Community is very fragmented. There are no cohesive alliances between the four major sections of the metal detecting community (Figure #1). Another important missing attribute is the lack of any outreach program to bring detectorist, clubs and associations together.

There are a couple of cohesive detecting state associations but they are the exception. Developing a state association in any state should be a very high priority since they fill a communication vacuum and offer the best avenue to a cohesive strong and supportive state metal detecting community. Read or Download the Compete Article
General U.S. and World Wide Hobby News
  • Who to Call If You've Lost Your Wedding Ring. Article Link
  • Minnesota metal 'detectorists' track down rings, keys and memories. Article Link
  • Urban prospector: Metal detectorist digs town’s past. Article Link
  • Club hunts for metals, relics – even your ring. Article Link
  • Texas police close lake park after child discovers live grenade. Article Link
  • Pamphlet documenting 1715 Treasure Fleet disaster found, to be donated. Article Link
  • Plantersville man finds old things precious. Article Link
  • Man finds treasure possibly linked to 1715 Spanish fleet. Article Link
U.K. News
  • Bill Wyman: Ex-Rolling Stones bassist puts 'treasure' on display. Article Link
  • ‘I thought it was a bomb’ says treasure hunter who found 1,400-year-old jewellery. Article Link
  • A Viking treasure that everyone wants to own. Article Link
  • Torc provides a golden moment on bride's big day. Article Link
  • Bomb squad called after man finds wartime device with metal detector in Risca. Article Link
  • Open Day to celebrate gold history. Article Link
  • The people who found treasures worth millions. Article Link
W.W. Meteorite News
  • A Rare, 4.5-Billion-Year-Old Meteorite Hit the Netherlands. Article Link
  • Meteorite ‘size of a small car’ causes buzz after hitting Sudan. Article Link
  • Broadneck residents: You might want to check for meteorites. Article Link
  • Krugersdorpers spot meteorite slicing through the sky. Article Link
Other News
  • Gold Prospectors Association of America (GPAA) - News on legal issues for the gold prospecting community May News
  • American Mining Rights Association is not a gold club but rather an advocacy group for miners and public land users to preserve and maintain their rights as they pertain to access to their public lands. June News
  • Prospecting and Mining Journal (IMCJ) June News
  • Western Mining Alliance Newsletter
  • JW Fisher Detectors ROVs Used for Tank Inspection Services. June News Release
Jewelry Returns
  • Loveland treasure hunter saves another ring. Article Link
  • Metal detectorists return class ring lost almost 50 years ago. Article Link
  • Treasure hunter reunites class ring with student 47 years later. Article Link
  • Man helps reunite people with lost items. Article Link
North America Archaeology News
  • Help The Museum Find More Artifacts, Discover Hidden Items. Article Link
  • Ancient Native American site discovered on Santa Rosa Island. Article Link

PLP Grand Raffle Press Release
Thousand$ of Dollar$ in PRIZE$ have just been added to the GRAND RAFFLE! There are only a few days left to get in on the fun, plus support the cause that fights to keep us "out there" on Public Lands.

The Grand Raffle is a great way to support the fight to keep our public lands open for multiple use PLUS win some great gear, expert help, club memberships, a mining claim and GOLD! The Grand Raffle drawing is right around the corner on July 11th and we don't want you to miss out!

Since July 11th, 2017 is the Grand Raffle Drawing, so at this late date we are not mailing out your tickets. Instead, we are assigning your tickets as you purchase them and are putting them in the ticket barrel to be included in the drawing. Read More
PLP News Release
Court Orders Pat Keene and Keene Engineering out from Under PLP

On May 25th, Judge Ochoa granted Attorney James Buchal’s application to withdraw as counsel to resigned PLP board member Pat Keene and Keene Engineering. PLP had directed Mr. Buchal to file the application, inasmuch as PLP was funding the consolidated dredging cases in San Bernardino, CA and should not be required to pay for the Keene entities. Previously Keene had argued in front of Judge Ochoa that he could not financially afford the expense of hiring his own attorney.  Read Complete Release
Metal Detecting & Gold Prospecting Events. Now is the time to start planning and getting your club's 2017 hunt information on the web. The sooner it is out and available to the metal detecting community the greater the chance for people to see it and give your event some consideration.
  • July 08, 2017 (Eight Days)
    New Stanton, Pennsylvania
    2017 Treasure Week
    Many Sponsers
  • July 15, 2017 (One Day)
    Palmer, Alaska
    41st Annual Metal Detecting Hunt
    Alaska Treasure Seekers Society
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  • July 21, 2017 (Three Days)
    Black Hawk, Colorado
    Rush to the Rockies National Open Treasure Hunt
    Eureka! Treasure Hunters Club
  • July 22, 2017 (One Day)
    Chilliwack Hertiage Park, Washington
    5th Annual Treasure Chest Hunt
    Fraser Valley Treasure Hunters
  • July 23, 2017 (Seven Days)
    Vallonia, Indiana
    Southern Indiana Treasure Fest Treasure Fest
    Metal Detector Manufactures
  • July 28, 2017 (Three Days)
    Nekoosa, Wisconsin
    21th Annual Open Hunt and State Championship
    MidState Metal Detector Club
  • July 29, 2017 (One day)
    Renton, Washington
    27th Annual $ilver $hoot
    Cascade Treasure Club
  • July 30, 2017 (One Day)
    Los Gatos, California
    Randy Kuhn Annual Picnic/Hunt
    Treasure Hunters Society of Santa Clara Valley
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