July Newsletter 2013

Gold Fever !!!             Gold Man

 Tomah Wisconsin GPAA Chapter – July, 2013


Welcome to the 2013 GOLD FEVER Newsletter.  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.  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

The Nugget Lake outing is always a lot of work for me. Transporting all the meeting materials, raffle prizes, food, pop, ice, and charcoal. Then classifying material to pan at the meeting, getting it out of the woods is the hardest part. That stuff is heavy! Filling the panning tubs and cooking. Thanks to a lot of help from Gary and Jeanne Morrison and Conner their grandson it was easy this time around.

   The best time for me at Nugget Lake is the time spent by the fire at night talking with the other members.

Next month we are camping at Esofea County Park. It is southwest of Westby, northwest of Viroqua. See map on cover. This looks to be more of a metal detector hunt than a gold hunt, but the campground is right on the north fork of the Bad Axe River. If you don't want to metal detect check out the river and tell me how you did. I'm planning on metal detecting on Saturday.  Richard Niemyjski says he will line up some good spots. I'm thinking we will get started around 9:00 AM- supper will be at 5:00 pm in the camping area unless no one is using the shelter house maybe we will move there, I’m playing it by ear as I’ve never been here before. Hoping for a good time. There will be a prize for the best find of the day. Richard and I will be the Judges.

   I have reserved a booth at the Pecetonica, Il. Gold and Treasure Expo on August 24-25. It is at the Winnebega County Fairgrounds. 500 West First St- Moss hall. You can register on line at the GPAA web site goldprospectors.org click on events, go to Gold and Treasure Expo and preregister. Setup is Friday morning at 8:00 AM. Venders’ and clubs can't set up until after 12:00. Come help out the club and we will get credits towards raffle prizes from the GPAA.

    PS. I did get to run my sluce at Nugget Lake, but between work and the rain, haven't found enough time to clean up my concentrates.                                                                            

See you in the creeks Mike Fait

          Tomah Wisconsin GPAA Chapter Minutes for June, 2013

Old Business:                                                                                                                                                              The June Meeting was held at Nugget Lake County Park.  19 members and guests attended. Thirteen Members camped for the weekend. Rained hard Friday night from midnight to 4:30 am. Was overcast for the meeting but it didn't rain until we went to the creek around 3:30. Gary Morrison, Conner, and Mike Fait concentrated some river gravel for members to pan at the meeting. Members reported that they found gold in every pan thou it was small.

     Jeanne Morrison cooked hamburgers and hot dogs for the meeting. Thank you Jeanne.

     The river looked different this year, trees were down in the areas that we normally pan in and Jacob Aldrich went in from the highway and said it was like a jungle there were so many trees down. It either was a big wind storm this spring or that late snowstorm in April after some of the trees had leaves on them that brought down.

   Next month July 19-21 outing at Esofea County Park. Camping and metal detecting meet in the campground at 9 am for metal detecting. Supper at 5:00 pm in the camping area, we will be in sites 8 -12.  If we get more campers there may be more campsites available or you can squeeze into someone’s site and share. You don't have to pay if you don't camp. For those that do camp there is a green iron tube to pay into when you get a site. It is $20 for electric $15 for non-electric.

  Located 3 miles south on Hwy 27 from Westby turn right on Hwy Y 3 miles turn right on Hwy B follow the signs. See map on front cover.

Also Richard Niemyjski has a Fisher F-70 metal detector for sale.  It is 2 years old and price is $450.00.  Call Richard at 608-637-3295.  This is your chance to go out and try to find more than Richard does….

New Business :

July’s meeting will be on the 3rd Weekend of July on the 19th   thru the 21st with supper at 5:00 pm on Saturday evening.  In the campground at Esofea County Park..

Guest speaker – No guest speaker this week, just bring along your Metal detectors or pans and find some coins or gold in the Bad Axe River.

July 19-21 Tomah outing is to Esofea County Park.  The Club has 5 camping sites reserved. Call Mike Fait 715-384-9265 if you would like one of these sites or call (608)637-7335 or (608)637-5485 for your own reservations. The club is in sites #8-12. It is $20 s night for electrical sites and $15 for non-electric. You don't have to pay until you actually use the sites.

Donations to the raffle were from:    We thank all of you.


50/50 raffle winner – Richard Niemyjski

Gold winners Richard Niemyjski and Mark Bauer

Raffles are a lot of fun and the proceeds help the club continue to function.  Between the Table raffle, Gold raffle, and 50/50 raffle – most everyone is guarantee to win something.  Thank you.

Gold Price on 07/4/13 was $1247.80            Silver Price was $19.54

Respectfully submitted by Diane North – Secretary & Newsletter Editor

Metal Detecting Tips and Techniques

1. Get Permission Before You Hunt
Always ask the landowner or homeowner before you hunt a site. This should really go without saying: Trespassing is illegal. If you don’t get permission, you are breaking the law. Note that state and federal lands are usually off limits, as well as national monuments. Some city parks and public beaches are open to detectorists, but you need to check for possible restrictions before hunting on any particular public site.

2. Fill in Your Holes / Clean up After Yourself
Every site is unique. The terrain can vary from loose sand to rocks, yards, lawns, fields, beaches, etc. Landowners are also unique. Some don’t care if you if you dig trenches, while others have meticulously groomed lawns that they don’t want disturbed. No matter where you hunt, go into the site planning to leave it looking better than when you arrived. Take your dug trash, as well as any other trash you encounter with you (whether it’s yours or not). Note that there are many ways to dig an object from the ground. If it’s shallow enough, you can pop it out without even digging a traditional plug. In rocky, dirt fields, you often can’t dig a neat, traditional plug, so you need to adapt to the terrain the best you can.

3. Return Lost Items
If you run across tools, keys, or personal objects specifically lost by the landowner, be sure to return them. Before you hunt, ask them if there is anything they might have lost that you could help them find. It’s just one more way to be helpful to your neighbors, and you will likely be invited back with such behavior.

4. Coin Cleaning / Coin Scratching
Any coin you believe is extremely rare or potentially valuable should be professionally cleaned, if cleaned at all. Obviously, over 99.9% of the coins we dig up are worth way less than $20, so we are not always as careful as we could be during the excitement of a dig. If we see that we have a wheatie or a rosie, and we know it’s not going to be worth a million dollars, we generally don’t feel the need to treat it like the crown jewels. You, on the other hand, may treat each of your finds as delicately as you deem necessary.

For more on responsible metal detecting and the Diggers, visit Anacondatreasures.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.


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

Vice-President – Gary Morrison 715-316-2160

Secretary – 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 19-21 Tomah outing Esofea County Park  


July 26-28 Midstate Metal Detector annual open hunt & State Championship


Aug 2-4 - Snyder park outing (Wausau outing) Neillsville, Wi


August - No regular Gold Club Meeting


August 24-25, 2013 – GPAA Gold and Treasure Expo in Winnebago county fairgrounds

                                             500 West First St.  Pecatonica,Il   Moss hall


 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 B.S. on Main, 34 N Main St. Rice Lake, Wi.  Contact: Mike Wiersma 715-833-7603