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 May 2015The Newsletter of the Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club Vol. 26, No. 5 
The Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club is a proud member of the FMDAC

From The President's Desk

Our April hunt day was a pretty one after all, considering that the weekend weather was questionable earlier in the week, with lots of rain in the forecast. This didn't happen and we were able to have our club hunt as scheduled. Our hunt site in Somerset County was one we had hunted as a club once before with some interesting things being found. The people who live on a portion of the land are friends of Scott Mason and he got permission for a hunt from them after they contacted the owner. With final approval from her, things were a go.

Twenty-plus Seekers gathered at the old Fruitland clubhouse and left promptly at 8:30 under somewhat foggy conditions, picking up a few more along the way. We arrived before 9:00 and as we were familiar with the hunt areas from last time, we knew where to look.

Some headed to the wooded areas where slave houses were thought to be, while others fanned out into the fields. Lots of interesting finds were made, including many buttons, several buckles, a few Indian heads and some wheat pennies. I also saw a beautiful 1780's half reale in good condition found by Julie and later saw a nice one reale coin found by Dan. Elaine's flying eagle cent was another nice find.

We took a break from hunting around noon when everyone was ready for lunch. I had made arrangements earlier in the week with John from Caesar's Palace for us to eat and tables were set and waiting for us when we arrived. The waitress was friendly and efficient and our orders were taken and food placed before us in no time. We ate, shared finds and told war stories and were out and headed back to the field within a little over an hour.

I had a back-up spot ready a few miles away but everyone was happy to return to the original morning site. I saw a few more Indian heads, some wheaties and other clad coins and some neat buttons. (I also noticed a few sloppy holes so it's apparent that this is something we still need to work on. Please take the time to firmly step on the dirt before you walk away.) Thanks to Scott for sharing this spot with us. All in all it was a great day for the Seekers.

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On a different note, I contacted Paul Carey, a Seeker member and retired employee from the DNR Wildlife Service to ask if he would give us a talk. Several people had asked for clarification regarding DNR policies in regard to detecting and I knew no one would be better able to explain things to us than Paul. Paul had initially contacted his lieutenant and gained permission for us to hunt the wildlife area in Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset Counties. Paul gave us an excellent talk and we thank him for this. He basically said that DNR Wildlife, Parks and Forestry Divisions operate under three separate sets of rules and regulations. DNR Wildlife regulations have nothing in their rules prohibiting detecting on their lands, whereas Parks and Forestry Divisions operate in a slightly different manner. We appreciate Paul taking the time to address us, as he was very informative.

Paul has now retired into the private sector, doing polygraph tests for individuals and groups on a personal basis.

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That's it for now. I hope to see you at our meeting on Monday, May 11th and I'll be looking for you in the field.

Bill Draper,
President
(and Huntmaster)


Club Minutes

The last meeting of the SHORE SEEKERS Artifact and Recovery Club was held on Monday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Hermon UMC Community Hall.

The winner of the older $2 bill raffle was Paul Carey. (This drawing brought in $48.)

Magazine raffle winners were Tab Brannock, Scott Mason, John Fassel, Bill Mills and Bob Shaffer. Thanks to Jeff Anderson and Warren Timmons for their donations.

Guests in attendance were Dave Watkins and Bob Shaffer. They became the newest Seekers.

Thanks to John Johnson for bringing donuts and cookies.

Crabby donated a pinpointer to the club.

CORRESPONDENCE

Extra copies of THE SEEKER were available.

OLD BUSINESS

Minutes were approved as distributed.

The treasurer gave his report.

NEW BUSINESS

Retired DNR employee Paul Carey explained DNR policy re: detecting. There are several different divisions with differing statutes: Wildlife & Heritage, Forestry and Parks. In Wildlife management areas (public hunting areas w/ some minor regulations), there is no prohibition on detecting but there are certain rules - must leave property the same as it was when they went on it, etc. Within the Forest Service there are some prohibitions against detecting and hunting. State Parks such as Assateague allow some hunting on beaches. Paul will still do research to find out as much as possible. This is a complicated issue because some divisions require permits but there are exceptions and contradictory statements from each division.

Scott Mason displayed a Nokta machine from Turkey.

Scott Mason mentioned that the club used to have pins for point standings. He has talked to someone locally who can make these pins for a reasonable price. We will vote on this at the next meeting. Once you get to the next rank, you would turn the old pin in and get a new one. Andy suggested the idea of a raffle to help defray the set-up fee. Sonny likes the idea of giving out pins rather than patches as this is what his bowling league does.

There was a discussion about the hunt at CBEC in Grasonville. Marty feels that the group who organized the event and had never put on something like this before did a very good job. There were lots of good prizes, free drinks and chips. The organizers are trying to get other locations to hunt for next year. 57 out of 75 slots were filled. Most people enjoyed themselves but didn't like the cold weather. Organizers were pleased with the way things went and hope it will expand in the future. Lots of ground was not covered because it was so cold so things are still there to find. All had a good time.

Bill Mills asked if the hunts at Sandy Point offer a good return on the investment. Many Seekers used to attend these hunts.

John Rebman took a friend to a site. One old item was unidentified but several members offered suggestions as to what it was.

CLUB HUNT

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

The winner of the 50/50 raffle was Bill Draper. He and the club split the $59 pot.

Julie Pryor,
Secretary

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