July Newsletter 2014

Gold Fever !!!           

 Tomah Wisconsin GPAA Chapter – July, 2014


Welcome to the 2014 GOLD FEVER Newsletter.  Another year, another gold prospecting opportunity.  If you have not tried to find gold, you need to give it a try.  Let us know if you need help to get started, there are many people with experience that the help you.

The Tomah, Wisconsin GPAA Chapter newsletter is your newsletter, please let me know what you would like to see in it, we hope to bring you more information in the coming year.   I hope you enjoy the information and articles included in this newsletter.   You can receive this Newsletter by mail, by either attended a meeting, or sent a book of stamps for postage.  

We are also always looking for speakers, we need to help out our great president (Mike Fait).  He has been putting the programs together with very little help.  If you have taken a trip or just have a story about somewhere, we would like to hear about it.  You do NOT need to be an expert speaker; everyone likes to hear about what other members are doing.

Do not forget the Newsletter and pictures can always be found at:


President’s Message

   Hi all. The Nugget lake outing was a good time for all who attended. Thanks to Gary for digging the concentrates for those who couldn't get to the creek. We got to show some new members how to pan and they were able to find gold right in the shelter house. Thank you Jennie Morrison For helping cook and organizing the food table. Also thanks go out to Dan Koehler for help with the raffle table and his grandsons for getting the water for the panning tubs.

  I got to go sluicing after the meeting this year the river was higher than normal du to all the rain in the previous week. That really helped as you could run the sluice fairly quickly. I didn't find as much gold this year only 63 specks on my first sluice clean up. I hope the next ones go better I usually get more than 100 in three buckets. During the evening we had leftovers in my camp site. We talked for a long time and got to know each other better.

 Sunday morning Rick Gremler, Guy Unger, Gary Morrison and I went down the hill from the campgrounds to do some more prospecting the hill gets steeper each year especially on the way up. It rained Sunday for a couple of hours but that just meant I could get a nap in. I went out Monday morning by myself to where Tom Massie, Mike Flint and I made the TV show. The water was higher than when we made the show in 2004 and the bend we were on looks different now. I had to work a different spot than before because the water was over my boots were I wanted to go. It was a lot of loose sand were little rock, I was able to run 5 buckets while I was there. Fill the buckets and run them in less than a half an hour each. Hope it doesn't rain tomorrow so I can finish my clean up.

Presidents Letter cont. 

  You may have noticed a change in the newsletter this month after 5 years of mailing it the same way the post office has decided they don't like how I have been taping them. No staples and I have to use 2 one inch tabs on the letters instead or pay an extra 21 cents each to do it the old way. I'll just use envelopes from now on.

                           See you in the creeks Mike

PS don't be late if you’re coming to the metal detecting outing July 19, bring your own lunch and drinks    

 Tomah Wisconsin GPAA Chapter Minutes June, 2014

Old Business:                                                                                                                                                              

The June meeting was held at Nugget Lake County Park on June 21st.  21 members and guests attended the June meeting.

 Doug Sasse came from Mankato, MN. Even though he had two heart attacks in the last week. The weather was beautiful on Saturday, no rain. Nugget Lake got 10.5 inches of rain from Tuesday to Friday. The creeks had been high all week but dropped two feet between Friday morning and Saturday afternoon several members worked the creeks both before and after the meeting. There were seven new members at the outing. Lots of good food and joking around.

  Larry Bender couldn't be there because he had His knee replacement surgery on Thursday. He said captain Bob had a stroke and is not doing very well. He could use our prayers.

 It was brought up at the meeting that we should all have a sticker or Plaque that we can display at our campsites during outings so members can recognize each other. I have to talk to some members to see what we can come up with. Bring your ideas to the August meeting.


 New Business:


July’s meeting will be on the 3rd Saturday of July on the 19th at 10:00 am at 423 E. Jefferson in Viroqua.   Please bring a dish to pass for lunch.   

  Next month is a metal detecting outing near Viroqua. We will meet at Richard Niemyjski's house 423 E. Jefferson in Viroqua. If you are driving north or south on Hwy 14/27/61 Jefferson is near the middle of town and east of the hwy. Richard would like everyone to be there by 10:00 am so we have time to hunt. Do not be late we won’t be Abel to wait for you. So Be EARLY!

Mid State metal detectors are having their state hunt in Nekoosa this month July 25-26-27. It’s a good time even if all you do is stop in to talk to friends and enter the raffles.

Donations to the raffle were from:  Gary and Jennie Morrison, Peggy Gremler I missed who brought the magazines but you know who you are thank you.

   David Vind gave stamps and Doug Sasse gave money for stamps.


 50/50 raffle winner – Rick Gremler

Gold raffle winners: Gold Nugget Rick Gremler- Gold Concentrates Rick Gremler, are you seeing a pattern here?

 Gold Price on 7/7/14 was $1,310.70                Silver Price on7/7/14 was $20.96

 Respectfully submitted by Diane North – Newsletter Editor

MAY THERE BE GOLD IN EVERY PAN !!!!       0511-1001-1705-4846_Old_Prospector_Panning_for_Gold_clipart_image

Metal Detecting Tips

Keep your eyes open for road construction. A hundred years ago these roads were just dirt and well used and. Also look for sidewalks that are being pulled up in the same area, if there are old businesses there the sidewalks in front were most likely boardwalks and plenty of coins fell through the cracks...

Always keep a small notebook and a pen handy when I'm driving around town, especially a town I have never been to. This way you can write down an address of a potential site, directions to an out of the way area, and locations of landmarks.

If you know of some elderly persons in your area ask them if they can tell you where the old vacant lots and playgrounds were located when they were kids.

The next time you are driving in the country after the crops have been harvested, look the fields for any form of depression. If you can see one, chances are good that there was a home there at one time and the fill that was put in the cellar hole to fill it has settled into that depression. These depressions are much more noticeable after a heavy rain or if snow had been blowing around and filled it in. Also search for old fence posts or tree stumps in the area because some farmers who didn't believe in modern banking would hide cashes of loot near landmarks on their own land. And don't forget about the outhouse.

The number one key to success is location. This is the factor that dictates your time in the field. If you spend at least 50% of your time researching a spot to hunt (that others have not pounded), your quality and quantity of finds will double. It's those out of the way sites that you can find by simply asking an old-timer from the area, or using maps, that will lead you to an UN-hunted site to search..

Copied from WisconsinProspectors.com



Items for Sale:

Tomah Gold Club t-shirts – with Gold Club emblem and created either with your personal name or without your name.  Contact Mike Fait if you are interested.

For Sale: Fisher 1220 metal detector with headphones and manual $300 call Ted Ehrhardt (608)985-7360 or (608)415-1661

Officers – all officers were re-elected for 2014.

President – Michael Fait (mgfait@charter.net) 715-384-9265

Vice-President – Gary Morrison 715-316-2160

Secretary – Jeanne Morrison 715-316-2160

Newsletter Editor - Diane North (dbnorth@centurytel.net) 608-635-7031

Treasure – Gayle Fait (mgfait@charter.net) 715-384-9265

Outing Chairman – Richard Niemyjski (richnski@frontiernet.net) 608-637-3295

Claims Director – Richard Niemyjski (richnski@frontiernet.net) 608-637-3295

State Director – Mike Flint (mwink12@excite.com) 608-372-0694

Upcoming Events

 July 18-20, 2014 - Upper Michigan Copper and Rock hunting (Wausau Outing)

July 19, 2014 - Metal Detecting - in Viroqua Wis. (Tomah Outing)

July 25-26-27, 2014 – Midstate metal detecting -  annual open Hunt @ Deer Trail Park Campground @ Nekoosa, Wi

August 16, 2014 - Dry washing Robert Wysocki

Sept 12-14, 2014 - Snider Lake outing (Wausau Outing)

Sept, 26 – 28, 2014 - Fall in Parrish (Dennis Laubenstein outing)

Wisconsin Area Clubs

Greenbush Wisconsin GPAA Chapter – holds their meetings on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 3:00 pm in the Greenbush Town Hall, N644 Sugarbush Rd, Greenbush Wi. – Contact: Ron Smith 920-207-4092

Midstate Metal Detecting Club – meets every 3rd Wednesday at 7:00 pm at Shooters Bar and Restaurant at the intersection of Hwy 39 and 54, next to the Shell Station.  Contact: Steve Miller 715-572-1845

Wausau Prospectors – meets the 1st Saturday of the month at 11:00 am in the community room at Cedar Creek Mall next to I-39 just north of Gander Mountain.  Take I-39 exit 185.  Contact:  Kurt Bublitz 715-340-2831 or e-mail lizzy101@charter.net

Wisconsin Northwoods Adventures GPAA Chapter – holds their meetings on the 2nd Saturday of every month at 11:00 am, at Rice Lake Regional Airport located west of Cameron and west of hwy53 on 19th St., Rice Lake, WI.  Contact: Mike Wiersma 715-833-7603