February Meeting Yooper Coinshooters Metal Detecting Club

The Saturday, February 24th, 2018 meeting of the yoopercoinshooters metal detecting club was called to order at 12:40 pm.

We started the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Donna Gillespie gave the secretary’s report and the minutes from the January meeting. A motion was made by Ray Roberts and seconded by Michael Hurkmans to accept them as read and was confirmed with a show of members hands.

Rand Gillespie gave the treasurers report and he also mentioned that he’d picked up some twenty dollar gas cards. Ray Roberts made a motion to accept as read and was seconded by Michael Hurkmans and was confirmed with a show of members hands.

Meeting Lunch Starting this month (February) the club will hold a drawing for a Holiday station $20 gas card. The first winner was Brian Tepsa. Congratulations to winners of all the drawings.

Brian Tepsa brought in some items he’d detected. Pictures will be posted in the members treasure section of our club site.

I informed the members that Minelab has a new detector. The Equinox is a land or water detector (up to 10 feet) and will pick up gold nuggets in mineralized soil with a suggested retail price of $899.00.

The date for our 2018 club picnic is June 23rd and will be held at my residence, Bay View Manor in Gladstone starting at 12:30pm EST.

Lynn Richards had a good suggestion for our club drawings. Instead of using the tickets for the drawings he will pickup a double set of poker chips and put numbers on them from one to twenty five or so and when we have one of our three different drawings each member will get a numbered chip and a chip will be drawn from the second set to determine a winner. The tickets were ok but it took a little time to measure out and tear of the desired amount for each member.

I reminded the members that our first Adopt A Highway pickup is not that far away. We probably will start our first cleanup sometime in April.

A suggestion was made about having more club hunts. Dan Trenary, Mike, and Sharon Hurkmans, said they have some properties in mind to hunt and will get back to the membership on confirmation of a permission for the club to detect them.

I made a suggestion about a few club volunteers going out with a less proficient detectorist and walk along with them while they detect and offer constructive criticism or praise that the person is doing right or wrong. I also suggested that when you go out detecting, try to buddy up with someone when detecting. This hobby can be more enjoyable when doing this and having someone to share the discovery of the many treasures that are found. You can even have a contest with your buddy, maybe for a soda or a small wager for the oldest or best finds. That gives a person a little more incentive to detect.

I also made a suggestion and read several examples about doing some door knocking to get permissions to detect different properties in your town such as:

  • When you knock on doors, tell the person your name and what your hobby is. Give them a club card. Tell them how long you’ve been detecting and some of the things you’ve found.
  • Tell them they can walk along with you as you detect and you’ll explain to them how you do it. Tell them you take a small plug. Don’t tell them you dig a hole to retrieve a coin.
  • Also mention that you’ll probably detect some junk like nails, live ammo, or can slaw (pieces of tin or aluminum cans) and will dispose of them in the trash can. If the property owner starts talking, listen to what their saying. If the property owner sounds interested, and they most often are, and starts talking, or invites you in to sit down and have a cold beverage, then you’ll know you will get permission.
  • Sometimes the conversation may last 30 minutes or more, during which you may get referrals to other properties. Carry a small notebook and pen in your pocket to write names, addresses and sites down so you won’t forget them. If you get this far, it is important to hang out as long as possible and not rush off.

Keep in mind, a whole lot of people who live in older homes are elderly and are happy to have a visitor and someone to talk to. Sometimes the visit is better than the hunt.

Whenever I detect a yard I always ask if a family member has lost a ring or other type of jewelry and get a description of the item. If you find it watch the smile on their faces as you drop it into their hand. If you find several good coins, offer them a wheat cent or even an Indian cent. If you have good luck and have to leave early, ask if you can come back and finish the property.

The word will get around about how nice detectorist are and it helps our hobby get a good name. You may even get a homeowner interested in metal detecting.

I remember two things that happened to me. I got permission to hunt a yard from a woman. She said her birthday was tomorrow and she’d be out of town but to go ahead and detect the yard. I got a small part of the yard done and a car came screeching up to the curb and a man jumped out and asked who I was and what I was doing. I explained that I’d met Susan yesterday and she showed me the home and gave me permission to detect it. He got a little hostile and said, No she didn’t and this is my property and told me to leave.

Don’t get in a argument with the person, just leave and chalk it up to experience.

My suggestion is: Get a written note from the person that gave you permission.

On another occasion a man gave me permission to detect his yard and went to work. About halfway through the yard a police car pulled up and I almost got arrested because the man didn’t tell his wife about me and she must have came home and went in the back door, saw me, and called the police!

Here’s a few more things you can do when trying for a permission to detect a homeowners property.

Don’t carry your detector and digger up to the door. Leave your gear in your vehicle when knocking on a property owners door. You haven’t secured permission yet, so there is no need to carry your detector to the door. When you get permission to detect there you can always go back to your vehicle and grab your gear.

Don’t wear a shirt with offensive texts. This should be self explanatory, but if your attire displays an “I don’t care” attitude then you can bet the property owner isn’t going to want you on their property. Like it or not, as humans, first impressions mean everything and you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Don’t waste your one chance before you even get it!

If you have a concealed to carry permit, leave the weapon in the car or keep it out of sight. You might scare someone, especially an elderly lady.

Don’t bring a cigarette to the door with you. What you put in your body is your business, however, if you show up and knock on a persons door with a cigarette hanging out of your mouth, property owners may look at you as a liability. They wouldn’t want you catching their yard or house on fire or they may just tell you no just to avoid the issue. You always want to give a good first impression to increase your chances of getting permission.

Don’t stand close to the door, take a step back. Allow some space when door knocking in an effort to appear non-confrontational. Allowing a little bit of space between you and the property owner may put them at ease. It’s also good for you in case you encounter a disgruntled property owner or an over zealous dog. Take a step back and give them some space and you will come across as respectful.

Do compliment their house, car, yard or cat, anything to appear friendly will increase your chances of getting a yes.

Final Thoughts: When asking for permission to detect someone’s property you are asking a lot of them. They don’t know you or what type of person you are, and many people don’t even know what metal detecting is.

Next item on the agenda was the silver coin drawings. The winners were as follows: Sharon Bruner received a silver Washington quarter. Donna Gillespie and Brian Tepsa got Mercury dimes, Dan Trenary and Lynn Richards won silver Rosevelt dimes.

Next item was the fifty-fifty drawing which was won by lucky Dan Trenary.

I told my usual two jokes next which got a few chuckles.

Thanks to Brian Tepsa, Lynn Richards, Ray Roberts, Donna Gillespie, the Hurkmans, Dan Trenary, and Sharon Bruner, who brought snacks and food to the meeting.

The next regular meeting will be at 217 Dakota avenue, Bay View Manor in Gladstone at 12:30 EST on Saturday, March 31st, 2018

Mike Hurkmans made a motion to adjourn the meeting and was seconded by Sharon Hurkmans. The meeting was adjourned at approx. 1:35 pm EST.

That’s it for this one. Stay warm and hang in there, we’ll be out detecting soon and when we do, don’t forget to cover your holes….PLEASE.