Well well!

Hello everyone, I wanted to take a moment and let everyone know what has been happening in our club.

I am talking to Robert Hoard (State Archaeologist) about speaking at our August meeting. I believe this will be a great time to share, discuss, and get questions answered.

At our last meeting we discussed several things and we have decided to reduce the number of classes we do for the City of Wichita. Instead of 4-5 a year we will do 2 a year in the future. Our last class got cancelled and we are hoping that having fewer classes will keep the attendance up in classes. I can tell you that we are still working closely with the city and everything is fine.

During our last meeting we also discussed a change in format for our meetings which I think everyone will enjoy. We are planning on having a rotating schedule of meeting one month and then having a detecting party the next month. In August we will have a meeting and September will be a hunt. We feel this will bring a little more mix into things. We also discussed having our meetings/hunts in surrounding cities. If you have suggestions about where we could meet please send them to us at wheatstatetreasurehunters@gmail.com.

In closing I hope everyone is having a great summer and getting quite a bit of detecting in. I haven’t been out hardly at all but as they say “this to will pass”.

Thanks for reading and I hope to see everyone in August at our meeting.
Steveouke *\_

It is our duty.. Isn’t it!

Hello all, tonight I want to discuss something that is not pleasant but please read forth. I was talking to Miner yesterday and he shared something with me that was a blessing and concern. On Friday we were supposed to meet with the City of Wichita to discuss our upcoming second year of our partnership. I was unable to attend but Miner represented us and it sounds like he did a fine job. Anyways during the meeting one of the city representatives brought up the following scenario. Miner please edit this if I missed a detail…

A parks and rec employee had shared concerns about MDers leaving holes in the park. The employee suggested a permit to detect to help cover the costs of fixing it. Now this is a huge concern… What is the blessing?? The upper level city reps told the employee about our club and the action steps we are taking to prevent this issue. That satisfies me because they know we are working hard to educate others in the hobby. Personally I am stoked about this. I also received an email from a local mder that shared a similar story that when he showed up to his favorite park that someone had obliterated the park with holes that were not nice.. Sad to say he spent two hours repairing instead of detecting. That shouldn’t happen. Now I saw a similar situation in a neighboring city and I caught a guy with a big shovel in an area it shouldn’t have been. I had some words with him about how our club is fighting for our rights and that cities don’t care for us being on sports fields. That being said I don’t know whether he took the hint or not. I hope so!! I challenge you to speak up if you see someone acting out of line. We as a club have been working hard to stay on the positive side in the public eye. I think it is our duty to try and correct negative actions.

Sorry to bring such a serious post to the table but I think we need to publicize it. Maybe someone will feel guilt, maybe this will be a reminder to the more responsible crowd who get lazy, maybe this will encourage people to take action when they see poor behavior.

If I see it I think the first question I will ask is if they would like to pay an annual fee for their hobby?? Thats a sure lead in to the real topic!

Happy Hunting and please detect responsibly!

*\_ Steveouke

A class south of the border!

Well today the Wheat State Treasure Hunters held a class in the big town of Haysville. This town was very inviting and they had a great turn out of 15 students. We had 20 people signed up for class but unfortunately we had a few no shows. The City of Haysville was great to work with and they accommodated us with a great facility, great outside area to detect, cookies, and beverages.. The class went great and we had many people attend who already had detectors which for one reason or another had not been used much. Our outside portion of the class worked well for them to get questions answered about their equipment and show them the benefits of other machines as well as their own. In the end I think this was our most rewarding class yet due to the fact we had a couple of kids in the audience and we managed to keep their attention and we could see their excitement towards the hobby. I wholeheartedly believe that it is this kind of activity that will keep our hobby strong with cities and in general for years to come! Enjoy a few pics! We look forward to next time. Steveouke *\_

Miner discussing all the differences in detectors!

Miner discussing all the differences in detectors!

Class getting ready to learn about target retrieval!

Class getting ready to learn about target retrieval!

We love to see youngsters get excited about our hobby!

We love to see youngsters get excited about our hobby!

This is how you find the loot!

This is how you find the loot!

The April meeting was a little chilly…

…but it was a good turn out anyway!

The motto of our club is “Looking for treasure, finding friends and good times”. We lived up to that today at O.J. Watson park. We had some new faces and as always, our club members were warm and friendly. After hanging out and chewing the fat, we discussed a bit of club business, mainly, the need of more volunteer time.

After that we broke out some steel and hit the park. Unfortunately I had an early curfew but when i left, I saw quite a few people still searching for keepers.

The next meeting promises to be a tad warmer and I expect even a bigger turnout. I am truly blessed to be in the company of such a great bunch of folks.

Happy Hunting!

For the good times!

Well we held our 3rd metal detecting class for the City of Wichita. We quickly got underway and James discussed the history of metal detecting. This is one section of the class that seems to mesmerize our students. They have probably never thought about the history of detecting let alone research it as much as James has. We then sent Vince to discuss research and where to hunt. If you have never heard him discuss this stuff you are missing out. Vince has a very thought provoking way of looking at human interaction and human behavior and how it effects our hobby.

James talking about the history of metal detecting.

James talking about the history of metal detecting.

David then went on to discuss how detectors work and what features to look for in a entry level machine. I finished the classroom portion up with Laws, ethics, and techniques. I can say that with every class we teach students bring forward new questions about detecting and machines. It is a lot of fun fielding questions and learning what the folks who are just getting started in the hobby have to ask us.

Once we were done indoors, we headed outside. We had a short demonstration on proper digging technique and target recovery. We then handed out detectors, diggers, and pin-pointers and set off into the massive Linwood Park. We spent about an hour detecting outdoors. A few people had their own machines that we could answer questions about and many had never heard the language our detectors speak. All in All it was a great class and it seemed to go very well.

For those of you that attended I would like to welcome you and I hope you find the hobby as enjoyable as I have.

Vince discussing machines and sounds with a couple that attended our class.

Vince discussing machines and sounds with a couple that attended our class.

Happy Hunting and Have a great day!
*\_ Steveouke

What!

Well as you guys know we have been bombarded with another winter storm. That didn’t stop us from having our March meeting. The City of Wichita kindly let us use an indoor space for our meeting. We had a small group but it was fun. Two of our guys blew my mind when they started talking about Wichita History. We discussed our upcoming classes and how we want to tweak them. It was a good time and if you haven’t attended one of our meetings I would encourage you to. I promise you will learn something.

Happy Hunting once the snow melts!

Steveouke *\_