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 *\_

Sometimes less is more.

Well today we held our 2nd class for the City of Wichita. Mother nature kind of threw us for a loop with temps over the last few days that were not warm enough to melt off the 6-8 inches of snow that has fallen over the last week. We didn’t let old man winter get in our way. We proceeded on with our class as usual. We had 19 people in attendance and they all seemed eager to learn about our hobby. After I did an introduction of our club and what our objectives James took the stage to discuss the history of metal detecting. This topic is very interesting and if you have never researched it I would suggest you do some reading about where our hobby has come from.

Wheat State member James Townley discussing the history of the hobby.

Wheat State member James Townley discussing the history of the hobby.

Once James was done Vince talked to the students about where to hunt. He has many years of research advice to pass on to our students. We could literally spend all day talking about different forms of research and taking ourselves back to how life was lived 100 years ago.

Once Vince finished giving the class some general research ideas we took a break and raffled off a few door prizes.

Pulltab Miner was next up and he talked to the students about the technical side of metal detectors and what features would be beneficial to them. Our students had quite a few questions regarding detectors, coils, and what causes machines to act the way they do.

My section was the final section of the class where we discuss laws, ethics, and digging techniques. This is my favorite part of the class to discuss due to the fact that it provides our students with the common sense metal detecting knowledge that has gotten so many people in trouble while enjoying our hobby.

Towards the end of the class we put the test bed to use and we had a few people that currently had metal detectors and they wanted to see how they performed or the best way to set their machine up.

We also gave one lucky participant a Fisher F2. I believe I heard that he didn’t have a detector and I think the Fisher is an excellent machine to introduce someone into the hobby with. I will upload a couple more photos to this post once our wonderful volunteers get them to me.

Our lucky participant that won the Fisher F2

Our lucky participant that won the Fisher F2

All in all I think this class was an improvement on the first even though our students didn’t get outside swinging machines. It was quite rewarding to see the enjoyment that these newcomers to the hobby showed. I look forward to seeing them at our meetings and keeping up with their growth, questions, and success in the hobby.

Happy Hunting and thanks for reading.

*\_ Steveouke

The wisdom of old guys or why you need to attend the meetings

As Steve said, ’twas a good meeting.

The club is lucky to count among its members, a few old timers who have dug more holes than the rest of us combined. At the meeting, James and Vince regaled us once again with entertaining stories and they shared their views on a number of subjects (hint: don’t mention archaeologists around James LOL!). Good times!

At one point, Vince gave us a mini-seminar on cache hunting. I had seriously never considered the things he talked about. Needless to say, I will be approaching old homesteads with a new eye!

If you want to know the details, you’ll have to attend the next meeting and ask Vince :)

–pulltabMiner

January meeting… Good stuff

Well the Wheat State Treasure Hunters held our January meeting today. Last night we were “blessed” with a couple inches of snow and today the temps started dropping. It was a chilling 17 degrees and the wind was a steady 15 miles per hour. One of our members has graciously found us an indoor place to meet during the cold months. We started off the meeting talking about our upcoming class for the club. We are planning some improvements over the 1st class and we look forward to bringing more folks to the hobby. I then shared with the club a couple of recent donations. The first donation was Butch and Anita from American Digger Magazine donated a year of magazines to the club. Our members thumbed through the 2 issues present and we quickly started talking about all the cool finds over there on the coast. We also discussed bottle digging and cache hunting. I then told them about a generous donation from W.W. Manufacturing of some diggers for our upcoming class. During our first class we found ourselves short on diggers. Thanks to W.W. for helping us out. Again, I want to say Thank You to all the folks that have supported us over the last year. If not for your help we wouldn’t be able to pull these classes off. 

Now for the fun stuff-

We are planning a big event for May. Details will be going out to our members over the next couple of months. We have to tease just a little. It sounds like food, friends, family, detecting, and maybe some prospecting for the little ones. We have a lot of details to work out but we want it to be a fun time for all of our families to meet each other, share with each other, and get the kids outdoors. Today we discussed some things that make me think big things will be happening with our club in the next year.

Hopefully the weather permits some detecting at our February meeting.. They say the windchill will be -10 to -15 tonight.. WHEW

 

Steveouke