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 October 2015The Newsletter of the Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club Vol. 26, No. 10 
The Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club is a proud member of the FMDAC

From The President's Desk

Our September hunt was unusual but good. I rode the countryside of most of Somerset and Worcester Counties looking for hunt spots and finally managed to find two unhunted fields. I got hold of the owner who has let the club hunt his property before and been very satisfied with how we left things. He readily gave his blessings for a hunt and though the sites had not been checked with a detector, he assured me that there was one house on the first field and several others on the second one. I was certainly relieved that we had a place to go.

Members met at the old clubhouse in Fruitland and left promptly at 8:30 to head to the first hunt spot. There were a few Seekers waiting for us near the site, bringing our total to over 20 hunters. I pointed out the boundaries and almost before we got started, one member found an eagle button on top of the ground - definitely a good sign.

Pottery, bricks and colored glass were obvious and tell-tale signs of an old house that had been demolished. There were targets galore - too many. Lots of good signals were masked by pieces of aluminum and metal used in the house. This was still an interesting place to hunt and it did produce some good finds.

Some of our great female hunters found Indian heads almost immediately and I also saw some wheaties, nickels, buttons and lots of old stuff lying around. I call these U.L.O.'s: Unidentified Lying Objects. Soon it was time to head to lunch and we all met back at the cars shortly before noon.

We headed to 4 Seasons Pizza in Snow Hill where I had made arrangements for lunch. Some went to the McDonald's next door and we all met within the hour, ready to get back and hunt some more.

Site number two was a short distance from the morning spot and was a large corn field which had also been cut and bush-hogged. Several old homes (long gone) had stood here and there was a large hill on the property that I was told had been an Indian burial ground. We weren't sure where the homes had been so members scattered to different locations, not finding a whole lot. I decided that it would be more productive to return to the earlier site and it didn't take long to get back.

A few more nickels, wheat pennies and buttons popped up here. It was easy hunting and it was obvious where the home had been in this field. We stayed until around 3:30 when we called it a day - and it was a fun day for all.

More corn is coming out now but we need to wait for the farmers to get in and bush-hog before we can go in the fields. Soon, in a few weeks, soybeans will start to come out and this gives us an opportunity for more sites. Keep your fingers crossed and your eyes open. I can't stress this enough but if you find a site that looks good but don't have the time to contact the owner, let me know and I'll try to get permission.

That's it for the club hunt. More to follow...

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Mark your calendars for October 10 and get your $35 in to Craig (send to his home address) if you haven't already done so.

(Make your checks out to SHORE SEEKERS)

This is the date of our member's only hunt at Assateague Beach and what a great hunt it'll be. We'll be giving away a Garrett AT-Pro, a White's Coinmaster, Garrett Pinpointers, Garrett sidebags, hats, coins and many other goodies. If you miss out, shame on you.

The fun will start around 10:00, on the beach walking south of the main entrance. Park in the main lot and pay your $3 unless you have a Golden Age pass - which must be displayed on your top dash. The bathrooms will be open but not the snack bar so please bring a sandwich or crackers and drinks, especially water. A chair would also be a good idea. I mentioned this at the meeting but will again repeat that headphones are mandatory and scoops and side baskets almost a necessity as speed is of the essence. If you've got an extra detector and would feel better bringing it as a back-up in case something goes wrong with your number one machine, by all means bring it. Don't forget extra batteries!

Paul and Darlene will have the first hunt of the day. This one doesn't have a name yet but promises to have lots of goodies and plenty of surprises. Other events, in no particular order, are Ed's "Pennies from Heaven" hunt, Andy and Steve's "Hold 'em or Fold 'em" hunt and Mitch's Dig-Don't Dig which is the only skill event of the day. Please take care to listen to any special instructions so you don't get left behind when the hunting starts.

In the event of unfit weather, we'll postpone things a week. If the conditions are bad then, too, we’ll put the whole thing off until warmer weather.

This event promises to be a great opportunity for us to get together and find some great stuff. Pay your hunt fee and be at Assateague State Park no later than 9:30 on October 10.

(Just a reminder: you can't bring in "planted" items from this hunt for Finds of the Month. Anything "native" to the beach is fair game.

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That's all for this month. I'll see you at Assateague on the 10th, at the meeting on the 12th and in the field.

Bill Draper,
(and Huntmaster)

Club Minutes

The last meeting of the SHORE SEEKERS Artifact and Recovery Club was held on Monday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Hermon UMC Community Hall.

The winner of the Patriotic Pennies World War II series coin set raffle was Crabby Williams. (This drawing brought in $46.)

Magazine raffle winners were Tab Brannock, Margaret Bush, John Rebman and Garrow King. Thanks to Warren Timmons for his donation.

Thanks to John Johnson for bringing refreshments.


Extra copies of THE SEEKER were available.


Minutes were approved as distributed.

The treasurer gave his report.

Bill mentioned the hunt site in Princess Anne that Scott Mason secured permission for. It was originally said that there was a problem with holes and trash at this location but this was a misunderstanding. The club can return when the crops are out. The matter is now resolved.

Team leaders discussed hunts for the upcoming Assateague event. Bill displayed some prizes and gave tips on how to use side baskets and sand scoops. Mitch will run the Dig-Don't Dig and the idea behind this is to identify good and bad targets. (A list of the targets will be placed in next month's newsletter.) Paul plans to put lots of stuff in the hunt field, including tokens and coins. Paul, Andy and Steve Sandoe will have a "Luck of the Draw" hunt with a poker theme. Participants can only keep three cards (with coins taped inside) and the highest hand will win a prize. Ed will have a "Pennies from Heaven" hunt. Pennies, both marked and unmarked, will seed the hunt field as prize tokens. Tokens won't be assigned until after the hunt is over so Ed and his helpers can participate and prizes will be assigned randomly. There is no official hunt order yet but we'd like to start things around 10:00, with people getting there early to help set things up. Please get your money in as soon as possible. The fee is $35 per person. Parking is $3 unless you have a pass. Bring your own lunch and a chair; side baskets and scoops are necessary.

Thanks to Crabby for donating a pouch and apron.

Marty thanked everyone who has brought in old fishing sinkers for his bullet project. He also has a few applications for people interested in attending the FMDAC hunt at Gettysburg.

Several members talked about going to Assateague State Park on the day after Labor Day. Modern coins turned out to be the big finds, as no real good jewelry was uncovered.


John Rebman gave a brief recap of his recent Jimmy Sierra tour in the UK. Of the coins found by all hunters which were over 300 years old, there were 79 Roman coins, 167 medieval hammered silver coins, 160 jetons, tokens and farthings and 404 artifacts. The tour had 30 hunters and lasted 12 days. John reports that half of the detectorists used Deus machines. A great time was had by all.

Paul secured permission from officials at Assateague Federal Park to search for a lost class ring. He and Darlene had a signed letter and a limited window of opportunity to search but they were successful in finding the ring. Congratulations!

Bill Mills thanked everyone who helped look for his daughter's lost purity ring. The ring remains lost and Bill will buy another one for her.

Congratulations to Les Sherrill who found and returned a lost Delmar High School ring.

Tony Goodyear brought in an 1820's saber he found on the ground when he was a teenager.


There is no location for the September hunt. Please watch your e-mail for details.

The winner of the 50/50 raffle was Jerry McClymont. He and the club split the $57 pot.

Julie Pryor,

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