Upcoming Meeting July 6, 2024

Hello all, hope you are staying cool and hydrated. Our next meeting is July 6 at 10:00 at the Kingsland Library meeting room.
We will have our own Tom Ashworth going over beach metal detecting. How to set up your detector for saltwater, and, freshwater if you ask. All detectors need adjusting to work in the saltwater environment. Where to most look on a beach? In the water? Where people park? Where they sit off the water and at the water edge? After storms where is the best place(s) to look?  There is a lot to know to save time and energy while enjoying detecting on the beach. Invite you family and friends to the meeting.

Remember we are always looking for prizes for our raffle.

The Texas Association of Metal Detecting Clubs Treasure show is June 29-30 in HEARNE Texas, by Brian/College Station. Once again in HEARNE Texas at the community center.

Also next Saturday the 22ed the metal detecting outing is at the Burnet county rodeo grounds behind the Burnet County Air Port at 8:00 am. 

June meeting minutes


June 1, 2024 Minutes

11 present

President opened with welcoming to all.

Last minutes approved by motion made by Betty Goolsby and 2nd by Gary Bunyard

Treasury Report given by Gary Goolsby and approved by motion made by Tom Ashworth and 2nd by Gary B.

$1594.37 in our checking account including $694.84 set back for raffles.

Some discussion on possibility of buying some items for raffles but at the moment we still have plenty of donated items coming in. If you have items to donate for the raffle, please feel free to do so. Remember all bought raffle tickets go into jug for the big December drawing.

Interesting items found by Gary B. and Tom A., were displayed from the last outing.

New Business: June 22 at 8:00am will be our next outing at the Burnet Rodeo Grounds.  TAMDC Treasure show will be at Hearne, Tx., June 29-30. Information found at TAMDC website. Deadline for metal detecting entry forms approaching soon.

We can always use info for some hunt locations. If anyone knows of a good location for the club to hunt, please let us know and liability forms are available if needed.

Our next club meeting will be at the Kingsland Library as usual, 10:00 am July 6th.

Tom spoke on metal detectors and how to discern what type one may need, taking account of personal budget and environment for detecting. Consider what type of hunting you want to do, be it coins, relics or underwater detecting. Different metal detectors have different frequencies. Different coils are also available for different type hunting and ground balancing is an important factor in any type of metal detectors. New info always coming out, do your research, good used metal detectors can be found and work well too. Earl reminded us that one can always repeat the same area, because there is always something that is missed. Discrimination, coil size, and learning the sounds of your particular detector is important. So get your detectors going and find your “treasures!”.

Several raffles done, prizes awarded and meeting adjourned at 11:15.

Respectfully submitted

Peggy Theiss



May Club Hunt Finds by Gary Bunyard

May Club Hunt Finds by Gary Bunyard

Hi Folks.  I had a good time at the property location that Tom Ashworth arranged for us in Burnet.  With all of the history that Tom gave us regarding the property I seemed to find car parts, bailing wire, and other bits of cast off artifacts.  The most interesting item I recovered was a vintage automobile tail light.  It was close to a foot deep and it took a LOT of cleaning.  The only markings I could find were imprinted on the red part of the lens "GUIDE XI-54" at the top and "Suidex" at the bottom.  After a bit of research I found a photo of the back of a 1954 Chevrolet which had the exact same tail light.  Wow, that car was build in the year I was born.  In a different area of the lot I recovered the top from an automotive brake fluid reservoir.  The only coin I recovered was a 1974 penny.  I will bring the tail light to our next meeting.  Thanks Tom for getting us on this lot.

Club Hunt on Saturday May 25th at 10AM

Club Hunt on Saturday May 25th at 10AM

Hope everyone is having some great time hunting in soft ground due to all the rain we have been having.  I have setup for us to hunt a lot that had an old house that dated back to 1898 on it.  The area turned into a auto salvage yard and later City of Burnet acquired the property.  It is currently owned by the city of Burnet.

The address is 408 S RHOMBERG ST, Burnet, TX 78611.    Time is 10 am on May 25th.

All digging tools are allowed, but be respectful and cover up all holes.  It will be interesting to see what we find.  Hope to see you there.

Best Regards, Tom Ashworth

May minutes and June Meeting


Highland Lakes Metal Detecting Club

5/4/24 Meeting

11 members present

2  Guests who joined. Welcome to Rick & Margaret Berger

Vice President, Tom Ashworth filling in for President, Earl Theiss who was out sick.

Meeting took place at Robinson Park in Llano and some did some metal detecting around park afterwards.

Previous minutes viewed online and approved.

Treasurer Report presented by Gary Goolsby. We have $1503.72 in our checking account including $640.19 for raffles. Approved by Dan Lynch and 2nd by Betty Goolsby.

The TAMDC meeting will be in June at Temple. Various hunts to be offered. Check out the TAMDC website for more info.

June Highland Lakes Metal Detecting Club will be meeting, June 1st,  held at our usual time, 10 am and at our usual place, Kingsland Library.  Hope to see you there.

Tom was speaking today and demonstrating some interesting tactics in “park detecting”. Learning the sounds of proposed targets and whether to dig or not dig. Some pinpointer tips were discussed. Demonstrated how to hold and sweep your detector for best results. An Indian head penny and a dime was actually found while demonstrating.  Way to go Tom! And thankyou for sharing your knowledge on this subject.

Several raffles took place and prizes awarded.

Meeting adjourned at 10:55

Respectfully submitted

Peggy Theiss

Our next meeting will be at the Kingsland library June 1, 2024 at 10:00. If you have any items that we could use for raffle items please bring them.
Tom Ashworth will be giving a follow up presentation on metal detectors. Feel free to bring yours so that you can see on your machine what he is talking about and if you have any questions on your machine you can ask them.

Recent finds of Dan Lynch

Recent finds of Dan Lynch

Dan Lynch has been doing a fair amount of metal detecting since his recent retirement.  He asked that I post this on our website on his behalf:

Dan:  I've been taking advantage of Spring weather and retirement to get more familiar with my detector. Thanks Gary for sharing your expertise. Here are some of my recent finds. A loaded.45 caliber magazine was buried in the sand at Kingsland Slab (2 bullets). I haven't identified the large chunk of lead I found at my Church. The putty knife and several coins were found in my yard.

I would point out that the gun magazine was rather encrusted when Dan found it.  Dan cleaned and oiled it before he was able to remove the cartridges (very carefully I might add).