GoldThe Gold Prospectors Association of America is coming to Boise at the Expo Center On May 5-6, 2012.


Saturday 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday 10 am – 4 pm
General Admission: $5.00
Kids 12 and under are FREE!
• Free Vial with Gold: to the first 100 paid attendees
Gold Panning Contest
$5.00 entry fee; winner gets cash prize!
• Mucking Contest:
$5.00 entry fee; winner gets cash prize!

The will also teach you how to pan for gold!

The Gold Prospectors Association of America, (GPAA) will be showcasing some of the latest and greatest prospecting equipment, and will be holding advanced seminars on:

  • Basic Prospecting

  • Local Area Geology

  • Metal Detecting

  • Advanced Techniques

  • More!

They are also having major prize giveaways!  Examples of some of the prizes are:

  • Sluices

  • Metal Detectors

  • Highbankers

  • Gold Pans

  • Classifiers

  • Gold Fever DVD Box Sets

…and to one lucky winner each day:
An all-expense paid 2-week trip to GPAA’s Alaska Gold Expedition in Nome!

I know that several of the members of the Idaho Treasure Hunters will be there.  For us, it will be like a kid in a candy store.  Even adults need toys!


The Idaho Treasure HunterI wanted to apologize for not posting in a long time, and give an explanation as to why.  Idaho Treasure Hunters gets several thousand visitors a month, and I appreciate all the support.  Although I haven't posted anything in several months, I have been monitoring the site.  I thought I would take some time to explain why I haven't posted, and why that will be changing this season.

I usually would be chasing a treasure story somewhere around the state, or metal detecting at least once a week somewhere in the Treasure Valley, and would always have something to write about.  In 2011,  I didn't go out at all –  no research, no metal detecting, no prospecting, no treasure hunting, because I just didn't feel like it.  I knew something was wrong, but being self-employed with no medical insurance, I avoid doctor visits like the plague.

In December of 2011, while Christmas shopping with my wife, I nearly passed out in the Boise Best Buy.  Shortly after we went to our local Primary Health thinking the worst.  After several blood and urine tests it was determined that I had Diabetes, and most likely had it for a LONG time and didn't realize it.  I know that I hadn't felt well for nearly two years……

After 3 months of medication and diet management, I have my blood sugar under control, and although I still have daily bouts of numbness in my legs and feet, and dizzy spells on occasion, I am nearly back to normal, but will be on medication for the rest of my life.  That being said I hope to find myself out several times this year and hopefully have a story or two to tell.

I do have a new site that I built about a month ago that will not only help others increase traffic to their websites and blogs, but give them an opportunity to win treasure hunting books, equipment, and even metal detectors.  More on that in another post.

Thanks again for your support of Idaho Treasure Hunters.  Comments are always welcome, and if you have a good Idaho treasure story, or want to tell about your own metal detecting, treasure hunting, or prospecting experiences, let me know, or post it in our forum.


Location of Idaho historical marker:  U.S. 12 – Milepost 67.6


A Massachusetts Congregationalist, Smith Spent two years here learning the Nez Perce language and starting a mission.

Asa Smith Mission
Coming here May 10, 1839, to study with Lawyer, an important Nez Perce leader, he stayed to work on an Indian dictionary and to hold daily religious classes each spring and winter.  After spending six months in a "mere hovel,' he finished a comfortable home and started a garden of several acres.  But he never got used to pioneer life here.  Leaving Kamiah April 19, 1841, he moved to a mission in Hawaii.


I realize when you saw metal detecting during the winter months in the title of this post you figured I had lost my marbles, but no, they are still intact.  Besides, if I do lose them, I'll make sure they are steelies so I can find them with my metal detector.  :P


Here in the Treasure Valley area of Idaho the ground gets too hard for metal detecting by mid November.  A fellow metal detecting member of Idaho Treasure Hunters and personal friend stuck a screwdriver in the ground about a week ago and was able to only penetrate about 2" of soil.  Unless we get some un-seasonally warm temperatures, the ground won't thaw enough for decent metal detecting around here until mid April or so.


With that being said, you are surely scratching your head on how you are supposed to go metal detecting when you can't get any depth off your probe or digging utensil.  Well, you don't have to.  In fact, if their is snow on the ground, all the better for metal detecting!  Snow is moisture, and moisture helps conductivity.


I, for one, hate snow.  I grew up in Indiana and saw more snow in one season than I have seen in ten years here in the Boise area, but normal people like snow.  They like to sled in it, ski in it, roll around in it, and best of all, drop their valuables in it.  I prefer to view snow from a distance on a mountain top….

metal detecting in winter

When you drop something in the snow, you might as well kiss it goodbye until Spring unless you are fortunate to see EXACTLY where it dropped, or if a item of jewelry or other metal object you just happen to have your metal detector in your car.


So where do you search?  All the obvious places that you normally search in the summer months, especially parks and school grounds with hills used for sledding.  When the city plows your streets, check the piles where they dump all the snow.  If the piles are too high to check, wait until they melt down a little, or totally disappear.  You may be able to just pick rings, necklaces, coins, etc., right off the surface after the snow melts.  When walks get shoveled, it is either thrown in the street or back in their yard.  Who knows what might lurk underneath?  Check near parking meters as well.  Movie theater and mall parking lots are another good source.  Again, watch where the plows dump all the snow, and go metal detecting!


Location of Idaho historical marker:  U.S. 12 – Milepost 52.5


An Old ferry near here took thousands of eager fortune hunters to a trail that climbed out of this canyon to rich gold fields discovered at Pierce in 1860.

You still can follow their spetacular route to Weippe Prairie, where in 1805 Lewis and Clark met a Nez Perce band that helped save their expedition.  Continuing on, you can reach Idaho's Oldest public building – Pierce Courthouse, built in 1862.  Take State Highway 11.


Pierce Courthouse - Oldest public building in Idaho

(The court house has been refurbished since this picture was taken)