Our TREASURE TALES Newsletter, has information about upcoming events like our By the Light of the Silvery Moon Hunt, our Pot of Gold and Door Prize winners, Finds of the Month, Point makers, Birthdays and Anniversaries, the MDAW token clues, Coin stories, Code of ethics and more. If you have any questions contact Temporary Newsletter Editor - Dee Sperling

OPTH Treasure Tales January 2019

OPTH Treasure Tales February 2019


Monthly Club hunts are announced at each meeting.  If you miss it, contact the Hunt leader – Lee Speed. 


Update: Mark your calendar - members only events

Watch for our new signs 

Event Calendar

We have a new sponsor. Please check them out

West Coast Mining Supply

700A Lebo Blvd Bremerton, WA 98310

Wes Karry



*May 17-19, 2019 - The Wild, Wild West - 31st Treasure Hunt, Southeast Washington Association Treasure Hunters - Richland, Washington  Once again, Kim Leverett and Tim Hockett are dedicated to putting on another spectacular hunt. There will be LOADS of silver, as well as gold and some VERY COOL prizes. Camping will be available on Friday and Saturday nights at the hunt site. For Info: Tim Hockett -   or Kim Leverett -

SWATH Flyer page 1 SWATH Flyer page 2

*June 14th, 15th, 16th 2019 - 47th Annual Treasure Hunt Northwest Treasure Hunters Club "Rock & Roll" For Information: Duncan Bell email: or Linda Scott email: NWTHC 2019 hunt flyer.pdf  


Other Events – 2019

* August 23-25, 2019 Miner’s Rally Liberty, WA The Rally is free and opens to everyone. This annual gathering provides Pacific Northwest mineral prospectors, miners and the general public an opportunity to openly discuss important events and actions affecting prospecting and mining, demonstrate and observe new technologies, buy and sell equipment and parts, show off some finds and catch up with friends.

*October 19-20, 2019 Bedrock Prospector’s Gold Show 2019, Puyallup Fairgrounds




News from MDAW:

The  Metal Detecting Association of Washington 

will hold it's next meeting March 31st, 2019 at 11:00am
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.


On Friday February 2nd 

 Ron Sharer or Terry Wright along with 9 others met with Ed Girard and assistant Heather .  Ron will report at the next meeting.



Ed Girard

Operations Manager

Washington State Parks & Rec

(360) 902-8847

(360) 589-9870 cell


Updates are happening. Please check their website for your favorite park and you may be surprised with additional areas open.

MDAW VP Terry Wright along with President Ron Sharer and Board member Bob Hinchcliffe have met with the new St Parks Liaison:

Lisa Lantz Lisa Lantz, Stewardship Program Manager, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. 1111 Israel Road, Olympia, WA  98504 ph (360) 902-8641

Pursuit to Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Item E-10 Metal Detecting Program Report on page 4. We are asking all Metal Detectorists to contact them to be “notified and solicited for input” (by mail or email) of the closing or partial closing of any metal detecting area.

All officers and active members should e-mail or write to push the State for recognition. 

PARK UPDATE: Terry Wright advises we seem to be losing ground with the State Parks. They are starting to change maps to GSI format which will have more precise markers for approved detecting areas. 8 maps have been posted to date with an estimated completion date of October 2016. PLEASE check the new maps before detecting even in your favorite park - boundaries have changed. 

Remember to get a printed copy of the Gold and Fish booklet if you're going to use your metal detector to look for gold.


 MDAW membership picnic was held on September 15th, 2018

NEW LOCATION: Otto Jarsted Park  4230 W. Belfair Valley Road Bremerton, WA 98312 (near Gorst) We will have exclusive use from 9-5

 Thanks to the 2018 donors:  Olympia Rare CoinsWhite's Electronics, GarrettWest Coast Mining Supply  Minelab


Check out our photo album on Facebook.


We'd like to thank all the individuals, clubs, and suppliers for their donations.
If you'd like more information write to Ron Sharer at or Terry Wright at

Check out Ron & Bev Sharer's video interview on You Tube taken at White's Electronics.