Metal Detecting….On the Endangered List?

It was back in October of 2010 that I first mentioned a website called Metal Detecting Hobby Talk, or as it’s now known,  MDHTalk.  Lee Wiese is the genius behind this “informative” site, and if you are interested in knowing more about the man, you will find a link on my website that takes you back to the original post…..

I mention Lee’s site again because in his latest update he penned a great article titled Is Recreational Metal Detecting on the Endangered List, and I urge you to read it. It is well done, and pretty much sums up our current status, and what we need to do to improve it.

Lee Wiese

Lee Wiese

Heres hoping as well that the FMDAC, Task Force and WWATS officers read the “National Metal Detecting Association” portion, and give serious thought to creating just such a group. It’s more important now then ever before….

Lee, many, many thanks for your work over the years and for offering MDHTalk. It’s the best in my book, and I urge all of you to subscribe and receive MDHTalk updates as they come out. Lots of useful information…..





After having dug to a depth of 10 feet last year, New York archaeologists found traces of copper wire dating back 100 years and came to the conclusion that their ancestors already had a telephone network more than 100 years ago.

Not to be outdone by the New Yorkers, in the weeks that followed, a California archaeologist dug to a depth of 20 feet, and shortly after, a story in the LA Times read, California archaeologists findings of 200-year-old copper wire:  They have concluded that their ancestors already had an advanced high-tech communications network a hundred years earlier than the New Yorkers.”

One week later, a local newspaper in Louisiana reported the following: After digging as deep as 30 feet in his pasture near Carencro, Louisiana, Boudreaux,  a self-taught archaeologist, reported that he found absolutely nothing. Boudreaux has therefore concluded that 300 years ago, Louisiana had already gone wireless.”



A reminder that Lisa Hume MacIntyre, archaeologist from Jacksonville, Florida, and I will be on the American Digger magazine’s Relic Roundup Show, July 15, from 9 to 10pm, EST..  Hope you will tune in, call in and enjoy the show. I have no idea how it will go…depends on how testy she gets.  I am certain she is working on a load of questions to fire at me, and most certainly a few witty, wise crack comebacks to mine.

Lisa Hume MacIntyre

Lisa Hume MacIntyre

Lisa, if you are reading this, be prepared, or be sorry. Just a warning…..



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The 4th of July is one of those holidays that makes us realize just how lucky we are to be living in the United States of America.  A place where, despite your political differences, your religion, your nationality, your wealth, you can stand up and say what is on your mind without fear of recrimination.  As simple as that may sound there are millions of people around the world who do not have the same privilege, so while indulging yourself this weekend remember our troops stationed abroad who are fighting those who wish to take that right away….


Lastly, eat some BBQ, a burger, a hot dog, drink a beer (a glass of red for me), enjoy the fireworks, and when your wife is not looking, sneak out and go detecting….. Happy Holiday!

One last reminder….




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16 responses to “Metal Detecting….On the Endangered List?

  1. Big Tony from Bayonne

    Hello Dick, first things first – Happy Fourth to all!
    Thanks for bringing this up once again. I’ll be sure to check this out.

  2. Happy Fourth!
    Celebrate well you Insurectionists…if it wasn’t for George Washington you’d still be Limeys…. and paying $12 a gallon for gas, and even worse, over $25 for so-so brands of Scotch. You’ve had Johnny Cash, Bob Hope, got Stevie Wonder, and Barak Obama. We in the UK have got no Cash, no Hope, David Cameron, and no ‘kin Wonder…
    Jeez…I’m thinking of emigrating to Warsaw a to become a translator/arkie with the old comrades….where apparently, academic qualifications aren’t needed.

  3. I gotta say Ricardo, that with all this detecting in danger stuff going about, it’s about time someone put up the cost of having a few thousand bumper stickers printed bearing the words..”I Metal Detect and I VOTE!” with the crossed flags of Britain and the US alongside. Now’s the time for all detectorists to become a ‘lobby’ and start kicking some ass! And hard!

    • Actually Butch Holcombe has a Facebook page called
      I metal detect and I vote”…. suspect he also has bumper stickers. Will find out.

    • Big Tony from Bayonne

      Wow what a great line – “I metal detect and I vote!”

      • Heard from Butch and he does not have any bumper stickers. I will see what’s out there and how much they might cost. The line is Butch Holcombes from American Digger magazine, and it’s one we need to remember and repeat often.

      • Big Tony from Bayonne

        Wow, wouldn’t that be eye catching if all of the clubs put that line on their Facebook pages!

      • Hya Tony
        It’s amazing how it concentrates their minds when elected officials are confronted with a lobby representative who says…”That anti metal detecting law/ordnance you’re proposing will be attract [say 100] votes against you at the next election.” To counter 100 votes, for example, the official has to win 200 just to break even! All politicians are where they are ‘cos it’s a lot better than picking cotton! When they realise that you know it too, they become more malleable.
        Have a couple for me over the Holiday.
        Regards JH

      • Big Tony from Bayonne

        Hi John, this is the first good idea with real teeth that has come along in a very long time. Hopefully other ideas will begin to formulate soon. Probably should start with more advance digging tools so that it is harder to leave a mess.
        I will certainly toast to you over the Holiday! Thanks!

  4. Lisa

    Prepared? I have to be prepared? I was going to sleep through your part.

  5. Joe(TX)

    I like the bumper sticker….”I metal detect…I vote”….the metal detecting fraternity is at its core…have strong people…we will survive and probably have to adapt to the changing times……many quiet people will become more vocal to there local law representatives…many will lose their shyness and knock on doors and other ways to obtain permission on private property….I see local and state detecting clubs doing more for their community that gets state and national recognition….I belong to a National Group that finds lost jewelry and other items for people for FREE….it is a good feeling to help those in need of being helped ….then if that is all I can do then that is what I will do……

    • No question the TH’ing community needs to wake up and become more aware. Right now it’s every man for himself, and the hell with the rest. JMO.

  6. Jason Garry

    Thank you for the information. I’ll be checking out this website.

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