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   November 2022        Metal Detecting Hobby Talk News Brief                                             Volume 12 Number 153
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The Website's featured article for this month is: Metal Detecting Competition Hunt Etiquette and Integrity 
By Lee Wiese   Download This Article

Metal detecting competition events (hunts) are usually sponsored by a metal detecting club or hosted by hobby related manufacturers and retail businesses. These events can be comprised of one or two hunts or in some cases the event may last from three to seven days and have many different types of metal detecting hunts. Metal detecting competition hunts can be either an open or closed hunt event depending on how the sponsor or host defines the event.

Open Hunts. You need not be a club member to participate in the hunt. An open hunt is for any one who is willing to pay the entrance fee and follow the hunt rules.

Closed Hunts. You must be a club member to participate in the hunt and be able to show a current club membership card at registration. A closed hunt is for club members only and will usually require an admission fee.
The requirement of any interested detectorist to participate in a competition hunt is to complete the pre-register form and submit an admission fee for each of the scheduled hunts. Thus, the participant can select just certain hunts that are of interest to them or all of the scheduled hunts.

Metal detectorist in competition hunts can be very aggressive, therefore, rules and standards of etiquette are very important so that the hunt is held in a fair and balanced manner. Lets remember that all of the detecting participants have paid the same required admission fee for participation and expect an equal chance at the prizes.

Metal Detecting Etiquette and Integrity for a competition hunt is controlled by the event's host or sponsor and is usually accomplished by creating an atmosphere of fairness with written rules and expectations.

The Hunt Master provides the leadership for the event by enforcing the event rules and conducting an impartial event which should result in very high event integrity.

The individual detectorist's responsibility is to follow the event rules and to conduct their actions in a respectful manner towards the other detectorists on the hunt field and toward the Hunt Master and Event Host.

Competition is the action of individuals competing against each other by using their metal detecting skill with a metal detector of their choosing. This action is to seek a prize or prizes from a target rich pre-planted field of coin targets and tokens. In a competition event rules and etiquette of conduct are necessary so that all participants in a paid event have the same equal opportunity to seek the targets and prizes for their admission fee.

High integrity for the event should be a major objective of the host and hunt master. The hunt master should never plant foreign coins, or other tokens that are not represented by a prize. To do so takes away from the integrity of the hunt and its officials.

Competition metal detecting hunts are usually held in public parks, at ocean beaches or on privately held lands. These hunts are fee based and will have pre-planted fields with coin and token targets. The exception is relic hunts, which are usually held in open terrain with no pre-planted targets and are usually fee based.

Competition hunt etiquette is the responsibility of all: the event host, the hunt master and the paid participant.

Event Host or Sponsor's Responsibility. The event host plays a major role in how the event is organized and for the development of the event rules and event conduct. The event host or sponsor must develop the event rules so that all paid participants have an equal and fair chance to find the maximum number of targets with their expertise and equipment.

This requires that the host establish rules that will not provide or give an unfair advantage to any one detectorist or group of detectorist in the event. This is very important since all participants paid the same fee and have the expectation to have an equal opportunity for their admission fee on the competition hunt field.

The rules developed by the host should be directed at what detector equipment is acceptable on the hunt field and the conduct expected of the hunt master and participants so everyone on the field has the same opportunity at finding the pre-planted targets.

The rules below are designed to provide each detectorist an equal opportunity to find the pre-planted targets. There should never be an advantage provided by the event host to any dtectorist by allowing a coil size greater than 12 inches, the use of Pulse Induction detectors (PIs), or the use of certain target recovery tools that may increase the speed of target recovery.

Metal Detector Rules:

  • Entrants must provide their own metal detector, accessories and target recovery tools.
  • All hunt participates must wear headphones.
  • No Search Coil larger than twelve inches are allowed. Note: No oversized Coils off any kind will be allowed on the Hunt Field.
  • No Pulse Induction (PI) metal detectors allowed on the Hunt Field.
  • The exception to the (PI) statement above is that small electronic pin-pointers will be allowed.
Recovery Tools:

  • No Hand Tools allowed in Public Park Hunts when coins are tossed in the grass.
  • Small Hand Recovery Scratching Tools or Small Recovery Hand Trowels allowed (Less than 3Ē in size) when hunt events are held on undeveloped land.
  • Sand Scoops allowed at beach hunts.
  • Recovery speed baskets are not allow.
  • No target recovery plugging tools are allowed.
  • All hunt participates must wear a target recovery pouch for their finds and trash removal.
Hunt Master Responsibility. The hunt masterís leadership and directions is what will make a competition hunt fair to all participants. A hunt master must make the participants adhere to the rules established by the host or sponsor of the event and administrator these rules fairly and consistently to all who participate. The hunt master must make sure that there are no rules or lack of rules that provide for a single individual or group of detectorists to have an advantage since all participants pay the same admission fee and expect an equal chance at the coin targets and tokens.

The hunt master must make sure that all coin targets and tokens are planted equally throughout the competition hunt field. All people who assist in planning coins should not be detecting in that hunt to do so would put other detectorist at an disadvantage. If coin planters are allowed to hunt they should not be allowed to hunt the specific portion of the competition field where they have planted with coin targets.

The hunt master should never be an active detectorist in a competition hunt. Hunt masters should always be the person to plant all tokens for any given hunt and make sure that they are evenly planted by token value though out the hunt field.

If the hunt field is large with many participants it is recommended that the hunt field be divided into quadrants. The number of quadrants or sections can vary from two, four, six to even eight for a very large event. Coin target planters can be assigned a quadrant to plant the coins and they should be restricted from metal detecting that quadrant during the competition hunt. All quadrants should have an equal number of coin targets and tokens. Quadrants can be established by using rope to layout the hunt field or small colored flags on wire stand-ups. These flags can be purchase at business like Home Depot, Lowe's or most hardware stores.

Integrity. An important aspect of being the hunt master is to provide up front guidance to all the people that help in setting up the hunt field. No hunt preparation person should plant coin target in anyway that would give anyone an advantage during the hunt. Nor should anyone helping to prepare the hunt field provide any information before the hunt starts to any of the detecting participants as to how the coin targets were planted.

Hunt Field Rules:

  • Hunt Master is totally in charge of the hunt.
  • The hunt field should be divided in quadrants before the hunt. If hunt participants help in planting the hunt field the participant should be assigned a quadrant for target planting and he or she should not be allowed to hunt in their previously assigned hunt field quadrant.
  • Registered hunters must wear hunt registration badge while on the hunt field.
  • The Hunt Field Gate Keeper will check all registered participant badges before allowing individuals to enter the hunt field perimeter. Only registered hunters are permitted entrance to the hunt field.
  • No Walking across the Hunt Field while getting to your hunt field line-up position.
  • No talking during the hunt or sharing of information.
  • All Trash recovered during the hunt must be put in a target recovery pouch and be removed from the hunt field.
  • All holes dug to recover targets must be filled once the target has been removed.
  • No sharing of coin targets or tokens.
  • Failure to follow hunt rules will result in the forfeiture of all hunts, prizes and the offender will be requested to leave immediately.
Hunt Prize Distribution:

  • Coin Targets and Token Prizes will be regulated according to number of hunt entries.
  • Coin and Token targets should be no greater than two inches deep in the soil.
Coin and Token Targets will be planted or tossed in the ground cover.

  • Free hunts will consist of all clad coins and are only for registered hunters.
  • Token Prizes may be Gold Coins, Gold Nuggets, Silver Rounds, Silver Coins, metal detectors or other metal detecting related accessories.
  • If Prize Tokens are not found during a hunt, the token prizes will be raffled off by using the entrantís registration numbers written on individual raffle tickets. These raffle tickets will be drawn at the end of the event for the left over prizes.
Hunt Participants Responsibility. All participants in a competition hunt pay the same admission fee to enter the hunt event. This admission fee is used to purchase coins and token prizes for the hunt. The expectation on the part of the participant is that the fee charged will go towards the funding of the huntís coin targets and prizes and that the hunt will be conducted in an equitable manner. The burden of equitable manner falls on the host or sponsor's event rules and the leadership of the hunt master in executing their hunt duties.

Hunt participants have a social responsibility to other detectorist during the hunt by adhering to all of the hunt rules and norms that have been put forth by the event host and the hunt master.

During the hunt, each detectorist in the hunt should act responsible towards other detectorist by not taking anotherís targets or infringe on another detectorist hunt space or by overlaying their coil upon another's coil. The hunt is competitive but should be practiced in a socially acceptable manner by all participants. Treat everyone during a competition event like you would want to be treated- fairly and with respect. Remember that each participant will have a different skill level: some will be faster and others slower but all of the participants paid the same admission fee to enter the hunt and deserve the same opportunity to find targets and have respect.

Participants should review the Hunt Field Rules under the Hunt Master section of this article again before leaving this article.

Summary. In any type of metal detecting competition event there must be well defined rules and social norms. These rules must be adhered to by the participants and enforced by the Hunt Master. It is the responsibility of the event host or sponsor to establish these rules of etiquette and to communicate these rules with all the other event information at the time of registration. This must be done before any admission fees are paid by the participant so that the event can have the highest integrity level possible and that everyone will feel fairly treated at the events end. There should never be any surprises on how the event will be conducted once the admission fees have been paid or later at the start of the event.
Hobby Related News

General U.S. and World Wide Hobby News
  • Mass. manís WWII dog tag found in Czech Republic; Family now looking for relatives. Article Link
  • Record-low Mississippi River becomes attraction for hidden treasures. Article Link
  • Teaching seniors about metal detecting. Article Link
  • Former NL cop digging through backyards. Article Link
  • Lost gold ring still looking for owner. Article Link
  • Treasure Hunters In Hungary Are Looting The Country's Heritage. Article Link
  • Is sunken treasure in the muddy Mississippi River? Probably, if you know where to look . Article Link
  • Detecting history. Article Link
  • Man Has Found 78 Lost Rings Around Myrtle Beach in 7 Years. Article Link
  • Okie from Muskogee: Boutwell finds unique ways to find stories. Article Link
U.K. News
  • Four men arrested on suspicion of metal detecting over an ancient monument. Article Link
  • Solihull postman turned treasure hunter says metal detecting helped him fight alcoholism. Article Link
  • Illegal metal detecting at Richborough Roman fort near Sandwich leads to increased security. Article Link
  • Bolton treasure still to be found. Article link
  • Guernsey metal detectorists warned off protected areas. Article Link
  • I found 380 solid gold and silver coins the second time I went metal detecting. Article Link
  • Detectorist searches for family of wartime pilot. Article Link
  • Eastbourne duo share their metal detecting highlights including a big find for the British Museum. Article Link
  • Roman pin found in East Walton dates back to 350AD. Article Link
  • 500-year-old pendant found in Stroud declared treasure. Article Link
  • Detectorist finds 700-year-old coin and donates to Liverpool Museum. Article Link
  • Giant Portuguese gold coin unearthed by a metal detectorist in Wiltshire bought for £16,000. Article Link
  • Man's 'mind blown' by metal detector find. Article Link
  • Westbury manís metal detecting weekend raises £80,000 for cancer services. Article Link
  • Metal detectorist found ancient Portugese gold coin near Etchilhampton. Article Link
  • Treasure found in Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire five times last year. Article Link
  • Treasure found in Gloucestershire 23 times last year. Article Link
  • Dozens of historic discoveries declared 'treasure' found in Shropshire in the last year. Article Link
North America Archaeology News
  • Archaeologists Dig Up 1,400-Year-Old Native American Canal in Alabama. Article Link
  • Bay Area archaeologists dig deep to uncover San Francisco's hidden history. Article Link
  • Four controversial archaeological finds in the U.S. Article Link
  • How digging up the past is helping US military veterans build a future, Article Link
  • Second Ancient Native American Canoe Discovered in Wisconsin. Article Link
Other News Sources
  • American Digger Relic Roundup. 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, Jeff Lubbert and Heath Jones as they explore the past. Learn more about Metal Detecting, Treasure hunting in all it's forms, and the preservation of history. October Pod Cast Link
  • Coin World - Numismatic and Coin Collecting November News
  • Garrett Searcher September Searcher
  • Gold Prospectors Assn of America (GPAA) - News on legal issues for the gold prospecting community October News
  • Mel Fisher Salvage Update
  • Prospecting and Mining Journal (IMCJ) September News
  • The Archaeology and Metal Detecting Magazine The Archaeology and Metal detecting magazine are one of the lead online sites in their genre. Offering multiple platforms for Archaeological, Historical and metal detecting news, articles, research areas and much more. October News
  • 1715 Fleet Society November Newsletter
Jewelry Returns
  • Durham metal detectorist finds couple's wedding ring on Beadnell beach. Article Link
  • Long lost wedding ring found after a few words of prayer. Article Link
  • This Pewaukee man thought he had lost his wedding ring forever. A hospice chaplain found it two years after it went missing.. Article Link
  • Widow's lost diamond ring found by metal detectorist in Exmouth. Article Link
W.W. Meteorite News
  • Hidden Gem: Arizona is home to one of the largest meteorite galleries in the world. Article Link
  • Meet the Meteorite Hunters Who Rush In When Space Rocks Crash to Earth. Article Link
  • 'Exceptionally rare' meteorite impact crater found in the Twin Cities metro. Article Link
  • Dimorphos: Nasa flies spacecraft into asteroid in direct hit. Article Link

Event News

Metal Detecting & Gold Prospecting Events.
Now is the time to start planning and getting your club's 2022/23 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.

Check out your event before going it may have been postponed or canceled.
  • November 02, 2022 (Five Days)
    Johannesburg, California
    Gold Mining Adventure - Get Your Gold at a Gold Mining Dirt Party!
    Lost Dutchman's Mining Assn
  • November 06, 2022 (One Day)
    Jax Beach, Jacksonville, Florida
    Annual Hunt
    HRANF Metal detecting club
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  • November 10, 2022 (Two Days)
    Congress, Arizona
    Metal Detector Training and Hunt
    LDMA-Lost Dutchman Mining Assn
  • November 12, 2022 (One Day)
    Round Rock, Texas
    Veterans Day Open Hunt
    Austin Metal Detecting Club and TAMDC

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 Teaching seniors about metal detecting
By Rich Creason |
For The Times-Post

Many older folks wish they had something to do to fill their leisure time.

Unfortunately, due to finances, health issues, or other problems, these people end up sitting at the table working a crossword puzzle, playing cards with friends or family, sitting on the front porch watching the traffic go by, or just switching channels to find something to watch on the TV.

Susie and I offer another option to fill the time.

Last year, I received a call from a lady at a church in Southport, Indiana.

She had read one of my metal detecting stories in the Pendleton Times-Post online.

She asked me if I ever did presentations to groups on our hobby. She was in charge of the Senior group in her church and organized a monthly activity for her people.

She wanted us to give a talk about metal detecting and possibly show some of our equipment at her church.

For many years, Susie and I have offered free lessons on how to use a metal detector.

I told Emily we would be glad to do a talk at her church.

I asked if they had a yard or playground where we could take her group outside after our presentation and actually teach them how to use the machines.

She said there was several old house sites, a playground and soccer field. We later found there was also an area that used to have a concession stand for the soccer players. I told her this would be great.

We did our talk, set up a table outside and began to explain eight or nine different detectors and how they worked.

We had several small pinpointers which are basically small metal detectors for finding smaller items in the ground.

We had many different digging tools for removing targets the detectors located.

We had 17 seniors who wanted to try the machines.

Susie and I showed them how to operate the detectors and followed them around the grounds giving them pointers on how to find buried items.

We uncovered a lot of trash, some toy cars, several keys, and a lot of assorted coins, none which were old.

Some of our students lasted about an hour, while some others were still detecting after a couple hours.

The playground, which was the most likely place to find a lot of treasures, was off limits at the time.

The school attached to the church had a school group playing there.

They returned inside just as we were finishing up detecting for the day.

Emily sent us a great card signed by many of the group thanking us for our show.

About a month ago, I had another call from a church near Mt. Comfort.

Like last time, the lady in charge of their senior group had somehow heard about our activity and asked if we could put on a presentation with our metal detectors.

I told her we would be glad to do that.

As of this writing, we only have the time and location.

The event will be in two days, so I donít have any other details. I do know the church is old so we should have some ground we can detect.

When I do a show like this, I often carry some old wheat pennies or maybe a few buffalo nickels to seed the ground if we are not finding much.

Itís fun so see some of the older participants see these old coins and say, ďI used to spend these when I was a kid.Ē

We also talk to individuals who wish to learn the hobby.

If they live in an older house, we offer to bring some detectors to their location, teach them how to use the machine, then all of us detect their yard and see what kind of history we can find.

Pendleton is an old town, and there are hundreds of old coins, tokens, toys, etc. under the ground at many of these houses.

My oldest coin I have found to date is an 1803 large cent. I found another coin which was a rare date Indian head penny in very fine condition.

I have found tokens that were good for one cigar and others which were good for a pint of milk. All of these and much more were found in yards around Pendleton.

If you are tired of doing nothing, and would like to learn this interesting hobby, contact me at the below email and see if we can get together and explore your yard.

Rich Creason is an award-winning outdoors and travel writer whose work has appeared in local, regional, national and international publications for 40 years. Born in Anderson, he is a graduate of Markleville High School. He lives in South Madison County with his wife, Susie.
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