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The Digger :Your Metal Detecting Magazine E-zine
March 10, 2018

It's Our Land - Why Not Fight To keep It?

Almost 250 years ago America won it’s Independence from a monarchial country. Blood was shed, lives were destroyed, but a new country, filled with citizens that were given rights, and the FREEDOM of choice was to become a beacon of hope for all the world to see.

The Declaration of Independence is the greatest living document to have ever been crafted. Born from the struggles of this new country, and the extraordinary ability of craftsmanship of it’s writers, the Declaration of Independence laid the ground work for the Constitution of the United States, which then became the law of the land.

The Declaration stated:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

The first sentence of the above paragraph was perhaps the most important sentence ever penned in American history. It bears repeating.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

What does that sentence mean, and why is it important to all Americans?

Simply speaking it means that every human being is born with the God given right to be free, and unencumbered in their choices, without the threat of someone or some entity punishing them for doing so. It means that each of us comes into this world with free will and the right to live without restraint.

When government imposes an infringement on our right, we as a free people under the law of the Constitution have the right to speak out against such infringement. And that is exactly what I’ve been doing for the past ten plus years. Our land rights are being removed from us at an alarming right. I’ve been very outspoken about this issue. Unfortunately, for some, they feel my complaining is more than they can handle. And I have no doubt, that those who complain about my speaking out against such an injustice are the very same people that bitch that our rights are being destroyed.

In my last newsletter I reposted an article regarding Clive Bundy and his lawsuit against the Federal government for violating his rights as a landowner. I reposted the article because I felt it was important enough to do so. Clive Bundy is not only fighting for his right of land use, but he is also fighting for all of us who want to continue to metal detect/treasure hunt, fish, hunt, camp, hike, or backpack without worrying about breaking some idiotic law.

In that newsletter I also linked to an article regarding President Trump and his decision “to withdraw federal protections from millions of acres of Utah wilderness that will reopen much of the iconic terrain to gold, silver, copper, and uranium land claims under a Wild West-era mining law, according to federal officials.”

For those who mine this is a tremendous boost for them. Whether you are a President Trump supporter or not, his decission in this matter is a definite move in the right direction.

However, because of those two articles in my last news letter, a few subscribers felt that they needed to unsubscribe. One subscriber actually told me that my newsletter was to political, and that he did not want to share the information with his young son. Honestly, I’m fine with those decisions. I learned a long time ago that not everyone I come in contact with will agree with what I say or do. But, when I’m accused of being “too political” when I stand for freedom of use of American lands, then I have a problem.

I have fought hard to keep our lands free and unencumbered from political and beauracratic misconduct. I’ve spoke to lawmakers, Archaeologists, Constitutional lawyers, lobbyists, and have written hundreds of articles to help all of us continue to have the freedom to enjoy our hobby. The problem with American land use IS A POLITICAL PROBLEM. It was a problem created first by Teddy Roosevelt and our government. The only way to address this problem is politically. It is my right under the Constitution, and the words of the Declaration of Independence to speak out against any wrong doing. So if I seem political regarding the illegal land laws in America, then so be it. If I lose other subscribers because of this, then so be it…I will not stop talking or writing about this problem.

For those who are new to The Digger I am re-posting the links to the above mentioned articles.

Clive Bundy Seeks Justice

Clive Bundy

President Trump Move Opens Utah to Mining Claims Under 1872 Law

President Trump

And In Case You Missed My Metal Detecting Laws Page At My Website

This page should explain why I care about the land laws in America.

Metal Detecting Laws Page

Another Lost Ring is Returned

“While holidaying in Hawaii, a huge wave knocked Wayne Unyi off his feet and into the ocean. In the tumble, he lost a treasured ring he had received from Morris Industries for 40 years of service.”

Another Lost Ring is Returned

Metal Detecting Fan Hunts For Historical Artifacts

This story is what I’ve been preaching for 40 years. If you want to find good, old “stuff”, do the research.

Metal Detecting Fan Hunts For historical Artifacts

If You’re an Xbox Gamer - You May be Interested in This

“Sea of Thieves offers a true pirate experience on Xbox One, with each player given all the tools to conquer the seas with your crew. You'll be ready to take on any challenge that lies ahead, with items to help with treasure hunting, combat, and having fun along the way.”

If You’re an Xbox Gamer

Tips & Tricks For Better Detecting Results

Use A Grid Pattern To Find More Items

Use a grid pattern. I’m not talking about making a quilt either. I’m talking about metal detecting in a way that allows you to cover every inch of ground in a particular area. Do this, and you will locate items you normally would have missed by using a haphazard method of just walking and swinging your detector in any direction. By using a grid pattern you will also locate items that other detectorists have missed. A grid pattern forces you to become more efficient while detecting. Here’s how it works.

Pick an area where your about to detect. I usually use a 20 ft, by 20 ft area. That’s the area I’m going to cover with my coil before I move to another area. To keep in line as you walk while detecting, pick an object like a tree, or a bush that is in front of you and walk toward it as you detect. When you reach that object, turn around, and find another object in front of you as a marker, and walk slowly while detecting toward that object. It’s crucial that as you swing your detector slowly, that you overlap your last swings. This over-lapping of your swings is what makes the grid pattern successful. It means that you are covering every inch of ground that you’re detecting. It means that you’re optimizing your metal detecting skills.

Continue to walk your grid, picking out objects to keep you in line, and swinging your coil slowly, as you cover completely the grid area. When finished with that area, simply move your grid pattern to the area next to where you just finished detecting. Detect this area the same way you detected the last area. Using this method insures that you covered every inch of ground with your coil, and the chances are you left no goodies behind.

Now for some, using a grid pattern may seem tedious, or boring. Many in the hobby would rather just get into an area and start swinging away here and there, while missing areas that may hold finds. Try the grid pattern method. See if it helps to increase the amount of good finds you recover.

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