Gold Fever!!!      

Tomah Wisconsin GPAA Chapter – April 2017


Welcome to the 2017 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.

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President’s Message

  Hi all. First I want to let you know how sorry Dean was that he couldn't get back to Wisconsin in time for our meeting. Things weren't going as well as he had planned in the acquisition of machine parts he needed for his excavator. Dakota was in Washington with him so he couldn't do the meeting and Chris had work obligations.

 Dean said he would try to get us some dirt bags before he left for Alaska this year that the club could sell for him.

  I would like to thank Kurt Bublitz for offer to fill in for Dean at last month’s meeting by doing a demonstration about wetsuits. I heard it went well. I got to the meeting just before lunch was served and it looked like everyone was having a good time. My bowling was only so so both days. I had a 200 in every series but could never put three good games together in any one.

 Seasons are changing soon we will be back outside and in the creeks, and mowing lawns. Take care when starting out and don't overdo it. We get a little out of shape over the long winters at least we get shovel exercise on a weekly basis.

 Hope to see you at some of the outings this summer Mike Fait


Upcoming Events

April 1, 2017 – Wausau Club Meeting – Metal Detecting by Steve Miller – at 11:00 am

April 15, 2017 – Tomah Club Meeting at Town of LaGrange Town Hall – at 1:00 pm

May 6, 2017 - Wausau Club Meeting – Basic Prospecting and Annual Swap Fest – at 11:00 am

May 19, 20, 21, 2017 – Tomah Club Outing at Sturgis, South Dakota – more details to follow.

June 3, 2017 – Wausau Club - Club Hands on Panning Booth at Youth Outdoors Day at Lake Wazeecha in Wisconsin Rapids put on by the Kiwanis Club.

June 9,10,& 11, 2017 – Wausau Club Meeting – Upper Peninsula Outing to Ontonagn Michigan

June 17, 2017 – Tomah Club Meeting at Nugget Lake – more details to follow.

July 15, 2017 – Tomah Club Meeting at Muskellunge Lake, Mich.


Tomah Wisconsin GPAA Chapter Minutes March, 2017


Old Business:                                                                                                                                                              

The March meeting was held at the Town Hall at the Town of Lagrange, 22731 Flint Ave. on Route #21 west of Tomah Wisconsin on March 18th ,   26 members and guests attended.

Gary Morrison talked about the outings the club is going on this year.  Dave Bender says that there are going to be 4 more copper mines opening up in Michigan

  Dean Race couldn't make it to our club this year. He will try to send some gold bags for members to buy this year. He will be leaving for Alaska on April 15 this year which is our next meeting date. He was in Seattle Washington trying to get parts for his excavator and dozer and couldn't get back in time for our meeting.

 Thank you Kurt Bublitz for stepping is and talking about wet suits, how to use them, clean them and where to buy them. All the members had a good time during the demonstration and afterwards with the lunch. Lots of laughter and camaraderie. The weather was good.

New Business:

Next meeting April 15th at the Lagrange Town Hall at the Town of Lagrange, 22731 Flint Ave. on Route #21 west of Tomah Wisconsin at 1:00pm.  


Thank you to all that donated items for the Table Raffle – Dave and Bev Bender, Larry Bender, Dan Koehler and Kim Mickelson, Gary Morrison, Gayle Fait, Jeff Hastings, Barb Bublitz, John Schwingle, and Diane Kollins.  Sorry I missed anyone who donated.  Thank you to all. 

50/50 raffle winner – Ron Rick

Gold raffle winners:   Nugget – Gary Morrison

Gold Concentrates – Barb Bublitz

Gold Price on 3/28/17 was $1,251.30               Silver Price on 3/28/17 was $18.17

Respectfully submitted by Diane North – Newsletter Editor


Welcome to the Wausau Prospectors Outing at the South Dakota Husker #1 GPAA Claim May 19th, 20th, & 21st 2017

There are no outdoor toilets at the claim so provide your own. Bring your own meals and beverages, and clean up after yourself. Do not cut into the banks while Prospecting and fill in your holes. Take out your trash when you leave. This Outing is to provide a common area for the club to meet and enjoy prospecting together. Plan on a stop at the town of Wall South Dakota. The National Grassland Visitor Center is located in Wall. There you can get information on rock & mineral hunting in the Buffalo Gap National Grassland. Be sure to check out the town of Deadwood and Mount Rushmore too.

Directions to Husker #1: Located 5 ½ Miles west of Sturgis on HWY 14A and 5 ½ miles east of Deadwood on 14A. Going west on 14A you will turn off to your left just past the US Forest Service sign (Black Hills National Forest). Coming East from Deadwood there is no sign so you should watch you odometer. The claim is about 800 feet down the road to the first creek crossing (Sign is in tree above the creek and to the left). Other GPAA claims in the Black Hills area are Migg 1 to 4, Rainbow, and Mary Ann. You must be a GPAA member or with a GPAA member (as a guest) to use those claims.

Husker #1 GPS Coordinates:



Do not prospect on the claims belonging to the Black Hills Prospecting Club. If caught prospecting on their claims you will be arrested for mineral trespass! The Black Hills Prospecting Club claims are The Garnet Area Claims, Park Placer, and BF #1. Stay off these claims!

Club members will be staying at the Days End Campground and RV Park in Sturgis South Dakota. There are also Cabins and Tent sites available at the campground.  The campground offers ample facilities and amenities. Most members will be camping between sites 14 through site 23. On Friday the 19th the members will meet at the campground Beer Garden parking lot at 9 A.M. Wisconsin time (CST) prior to going to Husker #1 claim.

The Days End Campground and RV Park

2501 Avalanche Road

Sturgis, SD  57785    PH: 605-347-2331

Contact person for this Outing is Kurt Bublitz.  Cell Phone number: 715-340-2831



Officers – elected for 2017.

President – Michael Fait ( 715-384-9265   (Cell phone to be used only on meeting days = 715-305-8319)

Vice-President – Gary Morrison 715-316-2555

Secretary – Jeanne Morrison 715-316-2555

Newsletter Editor - Diane North ( 608-635-7031

Treasure – Gayle Fait ( 715-384-9265

Outing Chairman – Jeff Hastings (  (608) 637-3097

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 at the Village Town Hall in Brokaw Wisconsin. Address is: 218 2nd St., Brokaw, WI. Take US 51 north of Wausau and take exit 197. Then go east on county road WW. At the 4 way stop in Brokaw take a right. You are there (just past the Credit Union).  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