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The WI DNR has imposed a form of martial law in that they ignore the Wisconsin Public Trust Doctrine and by doing so, violates protected reasonable recreational use of the over 1 Million acres of waterway in Wisconsin without any representation from the community. Our sister states have very clear defined policies for metal detecting in state parks. We respectfully ask that you submit an injunction on the rule change by the DNR archaeologist prohibiting responsible use of metal detectors and return to the permit system that has worked for years. Mr Frank, we are asking that you please revisit this important Rule change so to help safeguard the freedoms of the people of Wisconsin to use the parks in any form of responsible recreation. .


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Gold Trails, a new TV show produced by the Gold Prospectors Association of America, promotes the lifestyle of the prospector. Host Kevin Hoagland travels the country working with local prospectors and equipment manufacturers in search of the next big gold strike.

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Information on gold prospecting in Wisconsin from the DRN

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West Bend, in southeast Wisconsin, is one of the best places in the world for geocaching. More than 500 caches are hidden within a seven-mile radius of downtown West Bend. Historic architecture, beautiful nature areas and unique outdoor art abound in the community, making it one of the most interesting places anywhere for geocaching. The West Bend area is so widely renowned for its quality geocaching that it has become known as the “Geocaching Capital of the Midwest™,” a title that the community has thoroughly embraced.

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To find treasure or historical artifacts in Wisconsin, start by scouring old county maps for roads no longer used or ghost towns. State parks and national parks are off limits for treasure hunting in Wisconsin and prohibit the use of metal detectors for treasure hunting. Private land is the best bet. In 2009 a man in England found a huge Saxon treasure on private land. He had permission and split the treasure with the owner. If you intend to investigate on private land, always secure permission

    • The town of Donaldson has long disappeared and lies in Vilas County off of Highway B near the Michigan border and the Wisconsin town of Land O' Lakes. The small town was once a former logging town and was abandoned during the 1920s. The remains are situated near abandoned railroad tracks and some of the foundations still stand but all the buildings are gone. According to the Land O' Lakes Chamber of Commerce, the area is not a historic site but it is mostly private land and you need to seek permission before treasure hunting.(ref3)


    • The town of Hurley in Iron County still exists, but only 2,000 people inhabit the town that once ballooned to more than 7,000 people. The town lies in the northern part of the state off Highway 77. The town still has 30 bars and for a small town that seems like a lot, but it is a reflection of the town's tawdry past. According to the Iron County Historical Museum, Hurley catered to miners and loggers in the late 1800s and then during prohibition catered to gamblers and drinkers. At one time the town had more than 80 saloons run by Chicago gangs during prohibition. Many of the old saloons are gone and lie on abandoned property on private land. Not much of the buildings remain. Special permission is needed to treasure hunt.

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    • Star Lake lies 8 miles north of the Vilas County Museum in Saynor, Wisconsin. The town started due to intense logging in the area and at one time had a population of 600 people, according to the Vilas County Historical Museum. The remains at the site include a post office grocery store and some homes. When the area was logged out, the logging company moved to a site in western Wisconsin. The land now is privately owned by William Hense, according to the museum. Seek permission before exploring the area; the store is closed during the winter.



Seasoned gold prospector Kevin Hoagland was just nine years old when his mom gave him his first metal detector kit back in the summer of 1970. Today, he is the host of Gold Trails, a new TV series set to debut Saturday, Jan. 3 on local TV stations in California, Arizona and Oregon.

The series, produced by the Gold Prospectors Association of America, will focus on basic gold prospecting and will follow Hoagland as he winds his way across the country on his gold trails, exploring the methods, the machinery and the men who moil for gold.

The GPAA is the world’s largest gold prospecting organization, and has produced several TV series, dating back to GPAA founder George ‘Buzzard’ Massie, who had his own TV show, Gold Prospecting in the mid-’80s. Later, his eldest son, Perry, launched Prospecting America and his youngest son, Tom, continues to host Gold Fever on Outdoor Channel, which George Massie also created.



EASTON -- A Canadian company hopes to strike it rich by digging up an ancient rock deposit in eastern Marathon County that could hold as much as $168 million in gold.

Aquila Resources has notified the state Department of Natural Resources that it will submit an application for exploratory drilling in what is known as the Reef gold deposit in the town of Easton. The application to explore, once filed, is the first step in determining how much gold might extracted from the area.
It might sound far-fetched, but this is not the first time Marathon County has been scrutinized by prospectors. Another Canadian company, Noranda Inc., explored the deposit in the 1980s, but did not pursue mining because the value of gold at the time wasn't high enough to justify mining operations, said Ann Coakley, the DNR's director of waste and materials management.
"They determined the deposit was too small to be economical at gold prices then," she said.
Noranda did not share its findings with the DNR, but Thomas Evans, a geologist with the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, said previous research found that up to 120,000 ounces of gold, along with other minerals, could be buried within the Reef site.
When Noranda explored the area, gold was selling for about $350 an ounce. Today, it is worth more than $1,400 per ounce, meaning the Easton deposit could be worth tens of millions of dollars.
The higher price has some mineral companies taking second looks at gold deposits that previously have been explored, said William Cordua, a professor of mineralogy, petrology and oceanography at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
"The price makes some deposits more appealing that were dismissed before for one reason or another," Cordua said.
Aquila did not respond to interview requests, but Evans said the gold deposit, which is at least 1.8 billion years old, is considered to be a small one, and the gold veins underground are found at 45-degree angles, making extraction difficult.
The last metallic mine in the state, the Flambeau mine near Ladysmith, closed in 1997.