Hood Canal Detectorists Club

In our DIRTY KNEES NEWSLETTER, edited by Dee Sperling, you will find information about the last meeting, upcoming events, Birthdays and Anniversaries, Finds of the Month, our Pot of Gold winner, the MDAW token clues, Code of ethics, history and more. 

You can receive it by mail, email or read it here online.



Remember next month our regular meeting will be on January 8th at:


Faith in Action Thrift Store

111 NE Old Belfair Hwy, Belfair, Washington 98528


There is easy access with a flat paved parking lot including handicap spaces.


Monthly Hunts:

Monthly club hunts are held each month.  The place and time of the hunt are announced at each meeting. If you missed the meeting or are aware of a site that would be a good place to hunt, contact the Hunt master Ron Sharer. Save all your finds, even the trash, as prizes are awarded during the lunch break, and no one knows what prize categories will be drawn.


Don't forget to bring your 2017 Scavenger hunt items to the meetings for validation.




*March 11, 2017 Puget Sound Treasure Hunters Club Spring Charity Night Hunt at Our Savior Lutheran Church 4519 112th St. E Tacoma. Raffle includes a Garrett AT PRO Detector and Silver. Proceeds from this hunt will help support the two Fisher Houses at Joint Base Lewis McChord. Contact Sue Kaas at e-mail  or Jim Ratcliff, Sr. at e-mail


*Apr 1-2, 2017 Gold and Treasure Show – at the Thurston County Expo sponsored by Open booths available for Club events and or Used equipment for sale. Benefits the Toys for Tots Program. Contact Dennis Peterson

*May 12, 13, & 14, 2017 29th SWATH Annual Treasure Hunt, Benton County Park - more silver this year Contact: Bruce Trumpour,  (509) 713-4464 cell email: or Kim Leverett (509) 545-8375 or email:

* May 26-28, 2017 Mayfest - This year’s theme "CASINO ROYALE".  MDAW be sponsoring a hunt on Saturday afternoon where all entrance fees go back into the field. We put out over 8,000 coins again last year.

*June 2-4 Puyallup Rock and Gem Show Swiss Sportsman's Club 9205 198th. Ave. E. Bonney Lake, WA. 10-5 daily

*July 22, 2017 “Fraser Valley Treasure Hunters” 5th Annual Treasure Chest Hunt (7 hunts). Early Registration only $80.00 until July 1.  If you’d like more information about this club drop Mark Lewis a line at


MDAW News 
April 30th, 2017 at 11AM at the North Mason Timberland Library 
23081 NE State Route 3, Belfair, WA  98528-1179

Terry Wright continued his discussion with State Parks and why most of the parks have had most of the earlier agreed upon areas shut down to metal detecting. The parks dept is now using an algorithm process to determine open areas.  Please check out all the new changes on their website: There is a new color registration brochure as well.

 MDAW membership picnic was held on September 24th, 2016


Thanks to the 2016 donors:  White's ElectronicsGarrett,  MinelabFisher Labs along with  member clubs and individuals - Puget Sound Treasure Hunters Club and the Outlaws Metal Detecting Group.


Check out our photo album on Facebook.


Terry Wright is working with a new Parks Liaison on answers to questions about the new maps posted by WA St Parks  - Saltwater beaches are open to detecting, but they won't be shown on State park maps.