Gold Fever!!!      

Tomah Wisconsin GPAA Chapter – May 2016


Welcome to the 2016 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.

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

President’s Message

We had a great turnout at the Rudolph gold mine metal detecting outing. The weather was actually too warm, when was the last time we could say that. We didn't find any great artifacts but we gave it a good try. I was surprised to see members from as far away as Milwaukee and Philips. I am glad you could join us. Those that still had energy left after fighting the swamp went to Marshfield to continue detecting. I think everyone found some coins at the park. I got a little too much sun that day as did some of the others.

  Went panning the next day in the Neillsville area and got about 10 micro specs.

 I am still recovering from my detached retina, it is slowly getting better maybe in another month I will be able to see clear. Now the Doctors are worried that my eye pressure is too high and I need to go in and go thru a glaucoma screening. If things keep going like this I may not be able to go to Thermal City time will tell.

  Now that the weather has improved it is time to get out to the streams again and look for that beautiful metal gold. I will be in site #51 at Nugget Lake again this year.

 Larry helped me set up my panning table in the back yard last Sunday, now I can start cleaning my gold bags I accumulated over the winter.

  See you in the creeks Mike Fait






Upcoming Events

  May 21, 2016 - Tomah Club Meeting at Town of LaGrange Town Hall – at 1:00 pm - Kurt Bublitz demonstrating melting gold

June 18, 2016 - Nugget Lake County Park Pierce County WI. 12:00 lunch and meeting at pavilion by lake. If you need reservations to camp call as soon as possible it is father’s day weekend. 715-639-5611

July 22-24, 2016 - Thermal City outing Thermal city NC. Group dig with the Wausau chapter. Send $50 to Barb Bublitz by May 2 if you plan to go. If you can't make it your money will be refunded to you.

August 19th-21, 2016 - Outing and swap fest with Wausau chapter at Snyder county park, Neillsville WI. This is our meeting day so we will join them at Snyder.

Sept 9-11, 2016 - Geode outing (Wausau Chapter) Jacob's Geide Shop and Mine in Hamilton, Illinois

Sept. 17, 2016 - Tomah Club Meeting at Town of LaGrange Town Hall – at 1:00 pm

Tomah Wisconsin GPAA Chapter Minutes April, 2016


Old Business:                                                                                                                                                              

The April meeting was held at the outing to the old gold mine in Rudolph, WI.

    The weather was actually a little warm for our outing to Rudolph for the gold mine detecting. 14 members showed up to detect at Rudolph, or just to watch.  The winter snow did not flatten the grass as hoped for. It was hard detecting in the grass and shrubs, there was water in most of the area.

No earth shaking finds on the hunt. One tailings pile was found. Johan Riel dug up some of the rocks there and found some gold in a clump 5 specks were visible. Rodney Kenyon found 3 pieces of wire. Bob Wysocky found an iron stained quarts, and a wire. Larry and Diane Kollins found a 6'' piece of a bolt. Jeff Hastings found a 1983 quarter and a piece of lead from a 22. Richard Niemyjski found a flattened aluminum cup. Gerry Westphal found a 12' cable that he did not completely unearth. Mike Fait found a piece of wire. After combing the area for 2 hours it was decided to go to Marshfield and detect in the park. Larry Bender joined us there and immediately found a 1934 mercury dime followed shortly thereafter by a 1927 wheat penny. All those who hunted at the park found coins. The park was very busy as it was the first really beautiful day of summer. It was decided to return to Marshfield in October for another metal detecting outing at the park.

New Business:

May’s meeting will be on the 3rd Saturday of May the 21st at 1:00 pm at the Town Hall at the Town of Lagrange, 22731 Flint Ave. on Route #2 1 west of Tomah Wisconsin.   Please bring a dish to pass for lunch.  

  Gold Price on 5/7/16 was $1,287.70                Silver Price on 5/7/16 was $17.44

Respectfully submitted by Diane North – Newsletter Editor







Sponsored by:

Outdoor Outfitters

The MidState Metal Detector Club welcomes you to their 20th Annual Open Hunt and State Championship.  We pride ourselves in providing an affordable, fun event for the entire family.  Early entries enable better hunt planning.

Hunts will be held rain or shine.    Location - Deer Trail Park Campground near Nekoosa, WI   

100% of entry fees and donations are planted in the form of coins or tokens over the 2 days of the hunt.

·         Wisconsin State Championship – 2 day Competition Hunt (Sponsored by First Texas Products)                     

·         Raffles held throughout the weekend, and a Merchandise Drawing  – with donated merchandise and prizes

·         Treasures of Yesteryear Museum & Antique Detectors on display in club trailer

·         Metal Detecting Dealers, Miscellaneous Businesses and clubs will have booths on site

·         Visit the club website for hunt fliers or updates


Schedule of Events (Times are approximate)

Friday Night:    5:00  to  7:00  Welcome and Registration

 Dark                Free Night Hunt (All coins/prizes are donated)

Saturday:  8:00  to  8:45  Registrations

  9:30  to 10:00  Freedom Hunt

10:30 to 11:00   Wayne Otto’s Dollar Digging Hunt – Clad Dollars and Silver Halves (Sponsored by Outdoor Outfitters)

11:20 to 12:00   Wisconsin State Championship Competition

(Sponsored by First Texas Products &

12:00 to   2:00   Lunch

  2:00 to   2:30   Liberty Hunt

  3:00 to   3:30   Kids Hunt – Ages 7-12 – Detector Needed

Ages 6 and Under – No Detector Needed

  4:00 to   4:30   Memorial Hunt - $20.00 Extra Fee

                          (US and Foreign Silver)

  4:15 to   5:15   Detector Throw Contest

                          (Sponsored by First Texas Products)

  4:30 to    ???   Merchandise Drawing

 Sunday:   8:00 to   8:30  Registration 

 9:00 to   9:30    Finals for the Wisconsin State Competition Hunt

 (Sponsored by First Texas Products &             

10:00 to 10:30   Big Dig (Sponsored by Outdoor Outfitters)


10:40 to 10:45   Competition Hunt runoff (in case of ties)

11:00 to 11:20   Awards, and Announcements.

11:30 to 12:00   Key Hunt

(Detectors Donated By Tesoro Electronics)

12:30 to 1:00     Vintage Hunt (oldies and goodies)




This year’s hunt will be held at Deer Trail Park Campground near Nekoosa, WI

From Wisconsin Rapids

Head south on Hwy. 13.  Turn right on Hwy. 73 for 3˝ miles. Turn left on County Rd. Z just after Evergreen Bowling Alley. Go 3 miles south. Campground is on the right.


From Wisconsin Rapids

Please thank and support the following business for their donations to our 19th Annual Hunt, and for their continued support to our 20th Annual hunt in 2016.



American Digger Magazine              ICMJ’s Prospecting and Mining Journal                      

Artistic Signs – 715-325-5000 WI. Rapids, WI                        Lost Treasures Magazine

Detector Electronics Corp-               Minelab USA -  Downers Grove, IL           

Deerfield Detectors-                   O’Reilly Auto Parts

Doug’s Treasure Den – Wisconsin Rapids, WI                        Outdoor Outfitters - Waukesha, WI                                       

First Texas Products (Bounty Hunter, Fisher, Teknetics) –

Garrett Metal Detectors, Texas                                               Tesoro Electronics – Prescott, AZ                                      

Gary’s Coin & Stamp – Wisconsin Rapids, WI                        Western & Eastern Treasures Magazine

Gary Kruesel – Token Collector -1-507-282-0147                  Whites Electronics Inc - Whites of the Great Lakes

                                                                                                Wilcox All Pro Tools – Montezuma, IA






Deer Trail Park Campground

13846 County Road Z
Nekoosa, WI 54457
Phone: (715)886-3871


This Campground is where the Hunt will take place. Mention the MidState Metal Detecting Club Open Hunt when reserving a campsite.


Wisconsin Rapids Hotels - Always mention Midstate Metal Detector Club

America's Best Value Inn                   715-423-8080
American Inn Lodge and Suites         715-424-3444
Motel 6                                                715-423-3211
Hotel Mead                                         800-843-6323

Maples Motel                                      715-423-2590
Fern Hotel                                           888-950-5062
Sleep Inn                                             715-424-6800
Spruce Park Motel                              715-423-5890



More information about the Wisconsin Rapids area, you can visit these websites.

                   Entry Form (1 Entry form per person please)            DISCLAMER: The sponsoring club, its members, nor its officers connected with this hunt will be held responsible for theft, injuries, or damage incurred.  Hunt at your own risk.  Be a responsible hunter and fill in your holes.  Only probes and diggers of no more than 2 inches in width will be allowed in any hunt, (No rakes allowed). No Pulse machines - Headphones Required. If these conditions are not met, you may be asked to leave the hunt field.  All coins and tokens are buried shallow as possible.

 * Due to changing Silver prices we reserve the right to change all Hunts and targets*

Name __________________________________________________________________________________  

Address _________________________________________________________________________________

City _____________________________________________ State _____________Zip _______________

Phone___________________________________Email _______________________________________

Open Hunt

$_____ Regular Entry (2 days - $100.00 per person)

$_____ Regular Entry – Saturday Only (1 day - $60.00 per person)

$_____ Regular Entry – Sunday Only (1 day - $55.00 per person)

$_____ Pre Teen Entry – Age 12 and Under (2 days - $75.00 per person)

$_____ Pre Teen Entry – Age 12 and Under – Saturday Only (1 day - $45.00 per person)

$_____ Pre Teen Entry – Age 12 and Under – Sunday Only (1 day - $40.00 per person)

$_____ Special Saturday - Memorial Hunt ($20.00 Pre-Registration by July 5, 2016)

$_____ Total

Wisconsin Championship Hunt – Pre Registration by July 5, 2016

100% Payback – All Championship Hunt Trophies will be donated by

Select Division – Age as of July 29, 2016 – You must stay in your age Division or go to Pro Division

*There has to be 2 or more entered in a Division if not you will be moved – Payouts are: 2 in division pays 1st only.  3 in a division pays 1st and 2nd.  4 or more in a division pays 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.


o   Pre Junior – Boys and Girls (Age 12 and Under)

o   Juniors -  Boys and Girls     (Age 13-17)

o   Men                                    (Age 18-54)

o   Women                   (Age 18-54)

o   Senior Men (Age 55 and Over)

o   Senior Women        (Age 55 and Over)

o   Pro Division (Previous first place winners in Men’s Division.  Also open to any other participants)

$_____ Competition Entry Fee is $15 per person total - 100% Payback

$__________Total Amount Enclosed (Add $25.00 - Late Fee if after July 5, 2016)                    

Send Check or Money Order made payable to: MidState Metal Detector Club

                                                                           C/O Sharon O'Connor

                                                                           950 Bayview Dr

 * Only Cash accepted at hunt*                       Mosinee, WI 54455                                                          

I __________________________________ hereby assume full responsibility and release the MidState Metal Detector Club, club members, event sponsors, organizers, and Deer Trail Park Campground from any occurrence whether foreseen or unforeseen, in connection with the MidState Metal Detector Club Annual Hunt in which may result in injury, death, or any damage to me. By signing this, I understand that all persons attending this hunt do so at their own risk and will assume all risks of injury and/or damage to persons or their property in any manner arising from this hunt or related activities.  Hunts are rain or shine - no refunds

Signature ___________________________________________________ Date _______________________




Officers – all officers were re-elected for 2016.

President – Michael Fait ( 715-384-9265

Vice-President – Gary Morrison 715-316-2160

Secretary – Jeanne Morrison 715-316-2160

Newsletter Editor - Diane North ( 608-635-7031

Treasure – Gayle Fait ( 715-384-9265

Outing Chairman – Richard Niemyjski ( 608-637-3295

Claims Director – Richard Niemyjski ( 608-637-3295

State Director – Mike Flint ( 608-372-0694

Wisconsin Area Clubs

Greenbush Wisconsin GPAA Chapter – Greenbush Prospectors meet every second Saturday of the month at Salem United Methodist Church   120 Sheboygan St.    Fond Du Lac, wi. 54935 (change of time) 1:00 PM Meetings

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 Wittenberg Town Hall - HWY 29 East of Wittenberg.  Take HWY 29 west – to exit HWY 45 south then left to stop sign, take Business 29 to the left for about one mile, the town hall is on the left side of the road..  Contact:  Kurt Bublitz 715-340-2831 or e-mail

Wisconsin Northwoods Adventures GPAA Chapter – holds their meetings on the 2nd Saturday of every month at 11:00 am, at the Cameron Community Center, 512 W. Main Street, Cameron, WI. Contact Dave “Wire” Heinsohn (715) 353-2261