A few of you are gonna be pissed at me, but hey you know what? I am too old to care!
The more I got thinking about a PAS for the United States the more I realized that it would probably not be a popular program, and an extremely difficult one to put together. Tom Tanner brought up some good points in his response, and I remembered Bob Buttafuso’s remarks a while back in coming to this conclusion.
Tom was right in that most all UK detectorists hunt fields, and do very little, if any, hunting of parks, schools, etc.. That pretty much mirrored what Bob said with regards to his club not wanting to join any national organization here in the states. He too said they always hunt private land (with permission) and as a result rarely face restrictions or bans, and getting his members to pay additional fees for a group they’d have very little use for would be difficult if not impossible. Then when I thought about the water hunters, the prospectors, and their need for anything like the PAS, I decided it was definitely pie in the sky and not worth the effort.
I also started to think about the process of putting together something like the PAS. It would involve treasure hunters, archaeologists, and of course the government. I don’t see the first two agreeing on anything, and it seems that nothing at all is accomplished in Washington anymore.
Also Tom’s remarks about dumb restrictions also rang true, and I think the Task Force can relate to that in that they have a few parks in NYC where they cannot detect within so many feet of a tree, etc.. I can definitely see the difficulties involved working out all the finer details of any agreement between three dysfunctional groups.
Perhaps our problems are best left to the Task Force, the FMDAC or WWATS. Let them tackle the various issues on a local scale and put out fires where and when possible. I feel bad changing my mind, especially when I brought up the subject, but my common sense and past experience won out in the end. Lastly, I wouldn’t wish trying to talk sense to an archaeologist on my worst enemy.
Please continue to share your thoughts on this subject…don’t let me be the one to change your mind. In fact convince me that I am wrong.
I thought the discovery of “Dig” beer was neat, but my twin brother from the UK, John Winter one upped me one, and
shared his favorites. Pretty hard topping these….
Must be difficult when out visiting friends, and they ask if you would like a beer, and say sure but do you have any…. ? Never thought kindly, ole John Winter would partake of such stuff, but looks are deceiving.
Not sure how many of you enjoy cooking, but I just added another recipe to my website, and it’s a tasty one called Spanish Chicken & Potato Roast. If you are at all interested in knowing more click here. You will see a link under the photo.