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 April 2018The Newsletter of the Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club Vol. 29, No. 4 
The Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club is a proud member of the FMDAC

From The President's Desk

Spring may be in the air, but as of this late day in March, it hasn't quite arrived. That's OK, because the club had two great hunts during the month and the finds were spectacular. Still amazed at our most recent hunt because the club had pounded the site twice before and reales, large coppers and military buttons were still popping up. Bill will have the details in his hunt report and I am glad we were able to get these two productive sites in before the farmers started planting.

Again, Bill needs your help. Even with carpooling, we still had a large number of vehicles impacting the farmer's dirt roads at these hunts, so we have to have a good variety of locations so we aren't eroding the lanes by constant travel. If you can do your part to chip in with a large site, that will help our rotation immensely. We are considering a drawing for folks to contribute sites at the end of the year, so see if you can come up with something.

People are giving us good feedback about our new drawings and, as you can see, we are plowing them back into better prizes as our treasury allows. These fun games allow you to win something if you didn't get a chance to go digging, but you have to be present to win, so if you can, come to a meeting and see what you're missing!

New machines are rolling off the assembly lines and more are on the way. Some local folks who visit with us on Facebook have being getting new Nokta and Minelab machines that are amazing with their abilities. The Minelab Equinox even has a setting for parks. I was initially hesitant about the Makro and Nokta machines since they are made in Turkey, but there are now US-based customer service centers available.

Teknetics has been coming on strong with their new patriotic line of affordable detectors, and they are offering an amazing deal on their flagship T2 plus that includes a digger and the new Tekpoint pinpointer. Garrett continues to have strong sales of its new AT-Max, White's with its MX line, and Deus with its constantly upgradeable XP model. Their XP pointer also gets high marks.

Older models are still doing well. A member of my extended family got an AT-Pro and he killed it on a colonial site with coppers, Tombacs and other items of note. His previous machine was a Bounty Hunter, with which he got a capped bust half dime, so it goes back to what I always say, learn your machine. It's you that's the detector, your machine just makes a noise. It's up to you to make the final decision to dig. OK, that's it for now. As always, if I don't see you at the meeting, maybe I'll see you in the field.

Andy Nunez,
President


Hunt Report

Our March 17 club hunt was fun, successful and everyone enjoyed a good day. Instead of meeting at the old clubhouse in Fruitland like we usually do, we opted to meet closer to our actual hunt site in Dorchester County. I had gotten permission from both the farmer and landowner for a repeat trip to a former club hunt site and we were all hoping that the field would be as productive this go round as it had been in the past. Though the gate to the property was locked, the owner trusted us with the combination and asked only that we close the gate behind us when we entered and left the area. We were only too happy to oblige. The day was cloudy and overcast with the threat of afternoon rain so we decided to get in as much hunting as possible before the weather turned. We stayed until approximately 12 when we drove the short distance to Millie's in Vienna for a lunch break.

The morning hunt had been fantastic with large American and British pennies, Indian heads, buttons and some nice cut and whole Spanish coins from the 1700's being found by the 25 or so Seekers who joined us. We spent our break passing around finds and eating some great chow and everyone was ready to get back to the hunt field after about an hour.

We had escaped the rain before lunch but it finally caught up with us afterwards. Luckily it wasn't heavy, didn't last long and certainly didnít stop our efforts to retrieve finds from yesteryear. We were just as successful in the afternoon as we were in the morning, as members spread out over the vast property making similar finds to those earlier in the day.

I can say that everyone did a good job of picking up trash and filling holes but there needs to be improvement on stepping on them so they're not so obvious. Your boots or shoes might get muddy but it'll come off. Also, at the hunts, please don't get your gear together until AFTER I explain things to everyone. You might miss something important that the landowner wants me to pass along. At a recent hunt, one or two decided to cross the driveway and start hunting in a different field. This field wasn't owned by the person who had given us permission to hunt that day. Luckily, I also had the okay to hunt here, too, and had planned to use this for the afternoon hunt but this is not always the case. Take the time to respect me, your fellow hunters and the owners and farmers and you wonít have any problems.

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This sounds like it should be a given by now but in the event you see an open, unplanted field and you don't have the time (or inclination) to talk to the farmer, let me know and I'll see what I can do. This is the time of year when sites are hard to come by and I'll take any help you're willing to give me.

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That about covers it for this month. I'm looking forward to seeing you in the fields and at the meeting on the 9th. Hopefully we'll have a hunt the following Saturday but we might have to alternate dates because of weather or a lack of sites. Stay tuned!

Bill Draper,
Huntmaster


Club Minutes

The last meeting of the SHORE SEEKERS Artifact and Recovery Club was held on Monday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Hermon UMC Community Hall.

There were several coin raffles. Winners were Marty Pratt, Mitch Mitchell, Mike Beaman, Jeff Anderson and Jerry McClymont. (These raffles brought in $41.)

The magazine, coin holders and leprechaun hat raffle winners were Jerry McClymont, Tony Goodyear, Julie Pryor, Sonny Willing, John Rebman, Skip Hubbs, Mike Slovikosky and Andy Nunez. Thanks to Tab, Garrow, Elaine and Tony for their donations.

Thanks to Elaine and John for providing refreshments.

Manny Ortiz, Hunter Parsons, Heidi Glasgow, Ricky Thomas and Phillip Tyler were in attendance as guests.

Following an appropriate sponsorship, Manny Ortiz became the newest Seeker.

CORRESPONDENCE

Extra copies of THE SEEKER were available.

OLD BUSINESS

Minutes were approved as distributed.

The treasurer gave his report.

NEW BUSINESS

New member Manny Ortiz cautioned fellow hunters to refrain from wiping their face or nose with dirty gloves. Manny spent three weeks in the hospital after he picked up a parasite from the soil while detecting a park and wants others to learn from his experience. Always remove your gloves and wash your hands before touching your face, eyes or nose.

Sonny brought in an unusual item a relative found. It was not metallic but had the shine of metal. Tony identified it as a chunk of silicon.

John Rebman showed off a new White's entry-level machine. He also displayed some of his finds from a recent England trip.

Julie described the special Golden Egg raffle we are running through the April meeting. Paper slips of various prizes, none lesser in value than a silver quarter, will be hidden in Easter eggs. The top prize will be a Mexican gold coin. If our takings exceed $100, we will add another gold coin to the pot. Tickets, available at the March and April meetings, are $1 each or 6 for $5. We will draw winners on April 9th - you must be present to win.

Marty asked members to please consider inviting Bill detecting. Very few have ever offered to take him to one of their spots but everyone takes it for granted that he will have a spot for them to go to for a club hunt. Marty also reminded people to carpool whenever possible as lack of doing this might prevent us from having permission to go to certain sites.

Phil gave a brief presentation about how he goes about researching hunt sites. He also handed out a sheet with various helpful links.

CLUB HUNT

There is no site yet for the hunt. Please watch your e-mail for details.

The attendance prize winner was Heidi Glasgow.

The winner of the 50/50 raffle was Mike Corbin. He and the club split the $64 pot. Garrow King won the secondary prize of a silver half dollar.

Jerry McClymont won the "Hazard a Guess" raffle and received a silver fifty-cent piece. Thanks to Marty for bringing in this month's item.

Julie Pryor,
Secretary

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