COMPLETED BOOTCAMPS



Gettysburg, PA - November 5, 2017
Instructor: Andy Sabisch

The Minelab FBS Bootcamp returned to the historic town of Gettysburg, PA . . . the site where two great armies fought for three days in July 1863.  While the battlefield is mostly under National Park Service control and off limits to detecting, we were able to obtain permission to search a piece of property in the center of town that saw troop movement on the 1st and 3rd day of the battle.  Attendees made some great recoveries and teh best find was a period (or earlier) railroad lock from the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad.  We will be posting a photo of it once it has been cleaned . . . it is solid brass and is a one-of-a-kind relic.


Woodhaven, MI- September 30, 2017
Instructor: Andy Sabisch

The September Bootcamp was held just south of the Motor City . . . Detroit, MI.  The location was midway between Toledo, OH and Detroit, MI just off of I-75.  Detroit was actually the 4th largest city in America decades ago and now has fallen to a shadow of its former self as the auto makers have moved out and factories closed.  Combine the parks and other sites that hold valuables lost by the people that once lived here with the history that dates back to the 1700's when the area was settled, the eastern side of Michigan is a corridor rich in history.   The class was well attended and some nice natural finds turned up during the in-field session.  This is a great location to hold these events and we are looking forward to holding another in 2018.



Cedar Rapids, IA - August 27, 2017
Instructors: Andy Sabisch and Chuck Smalley

The August Bootcamp was as the ol' saying goes "Heading West Young Man" . . . . west to Iowa to be exact.  Cedar Rapids was the site and it turned out to be a great location for the classroom as well as the in-field session.  The weather held - although the rain looked imminent in the morning - and we were able to get out and reinforce what we covered in the classroom.  It was surprising to see how many nickels came out when attendees loaded up the Bootcamp Coins Program . . . it was certainly doing its job as more than 20 nickels turned up in short order.  Some other interesting finds turned up and while we did not find any Seated coins or Colonial relics as we have recently at some other Bootcamps, reinforcing the lessons we covered at he hotel and seeing how a few minor changes can make a huge difference in the field is the focus of the in-field portion.  Chuck Smalley was a great help in the field and the way he buried most of the tokens we had put in the field challenged everyone to get the targets that were deep and in many cases on edge. 

We had a special guest attend the Bootcamp - actually two - Ralph Degrew and his wife Elaine - came down and were an active part of the class.  He is someone that has more hours swinging a detector than 95% of those currently in the hobby and his input was appreciated.


WOODHAVEN, MI - July 30, 2017
Instructor: Andy Sabisch

The Bootcamp returned to Woodhaven, MI which is just south of Detroit.  

Once again, the group enjoyed the day and gained a wealth of knowledge about their detectors which they are already putting to use.  We had people coming from as far away as South Carolina and Tennessee and as we went around the room doing introductions, there was a wide range of interests covering Colonial relics to farm field hunting to coin hunting and a even a few water hunters.  We provided some custom programs for specific types of hunting and look forward to see more of the finds that they produce . . . we have already gotten some find photos which we  will include in upcoming newsletters.



Wilkes-Barre, PA - July 9, 2017
Instructor: Andy Sabisch and Todd Yerks (a.k.a. CTTodd)

We returned to Pennsylvania for another Bootcamp which was held in the city of Wilkes-Barre, PA.  This section of Pennsylvania earned the reputation of the coal rich part of the state and remains of the mining that took place and in fact still takes place can be seen throughout the region.  History is seen at every corner and the Wilkes-Barre - Scranton region showed that "Coal was King".   Todd Yerks, a seasoned detectorist that knows his equipment was an instructor and shared his knowledge in a way that made things click.


Some great finds turned up at the in-field location dating back to the early1800's - in fact two croatal bells were recovered including a beautiful cast bell from the 1800 - 1820 time frame.  Considering the location has been hunted for decades, it shows that there are always finds left for hunters with the right equipment and the right techniques.




 

Winchester, VA - July 2, 2017
Instructor: Andy Sabisch

The third Bootcamp of 2017 was held in the city of Winchester, VA.  This location is in the middle of historic Virginia where American history took hold.  There were more Civil War battles fought on Virginia soil that any other state.  Add to that the rich history dating back to before the Revolutionary War and you have an area rich in history virtually everywhere you go.  Winchester changed hands several times throughout the war and the retreat route for the Union forces after on battle ran in front of the in-field location.   In fact, attendees found several Civil War relics during the in-field session (despite the 95F heat and 100% humidity).  What a change from Gettysburg earlier in the year when it was snowing and close to 0F with the windchill!





PORTAGE, IN - June 4, 2017
Instructor: Andy Sabisch

The 3rd Bootcamp of 2017 was held in the city of Portage, IN.  We have visited the area before and the location was ideal for both attendees and their families that wanted to spend the day in Chicago.  The classroom session was extremely interactive and after loading some custom programs, we headed out to the in-field session.  We have hunted this area before but some great natural finds turned up dating back to the 1800's.  Shows what the right equipment with the right settings can do.

Here's a photo of the group before heading back from the in-field session




WOODHAVEN, MI - April 29, 2017
Instructor: Andy Sabisch

The second Bootcamp of 2017 was held in the Woodhaven, MI which is just south of Detroit.  

The group enjoyed the day and gained a wealth of knowledge about their detectors which they are already putting to use.  We had people coming from as far away as central Pennsylvania and southwest Virginia and as we went around the room doing introductions, there was a wide range of interests covering French-Indian war relics to farm field hunting to coin hunting and a even a water hunter or two.  We provided some custom programs for specific types of hunting and look forward to see more of the finds that they produce . . . we have already gotten some find photos which we included in the May newsletter.



GETTYSBURG, PA - March 10 & 12, 2017
Instructor: Andy Sabisch

The first FBS Bootcamp of 2017 was held in the historic town of Gettysburg, PA . . . the site where two great armies fought for three days in July 1863.  While the battlefield is mostly under National Park Service control and off limits to detecting, we were able to gain access to some property near the center of town where some attendees recovered relics from the battle - a piece of history.  Due to the demand, we added a second day to the Bootcamp[ schedule - the first time we have ever done that - and it also was sold out in short order.  We appreciate the support and are looking forward to feedback from attendees on how they do when they got home. Hopefully the weather improves as it was snowing, windy and never got out of the 20's all weekend!  Definitely the coldest weather we have ever done one of these sessions in and a shock since it was in the 60's the day before the first session.








CINCINNATI, OH
  Date: July 10, 2016
  Instructor: Andy Sabisch


The Minelab FBS Bootcamp was held in Cincinnati, OH on July 10th and was a central location for hunters from the Ohio, Pennsylvania and Kentucky region.  This was a great location close to the Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Dayton.  The in-field location turned out to be the site of an old dairy farm and finds dating back to the 1800's came to light despite having been heavily hunted by local hunters.  The techniques we covered in class were put to the test and the finds recovered spoke volumes as to the benefit attendees received.

This was a great way to kick off the 2016 hunting season and the we can't wait to start seeing what those plan to attend turn up after the class!



DOUGLASVILLE, GA
  Date: MARCH 13, 2016
  Instructor: Andy Sabisch


The Deep South Bootcamp in 2016 was held on March 13th in Douglasville, GA. This was a great central location close to Atlanta, Six Flags and Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield (great for sightseeing but NOT relic hunting). 

The classroom session was a great way to start the day with Andy providing hands on instruction, invaluable tips and tips that work in the field.  The in-field portion was a great way to complete the day with multiple test gardens to help attendees dial in their Minelab FBS detector for the type of hunting they did.

This was a great way to kick off the 2016 hunting season and we can't wait to start seeing what those plan to attend turn up after the class!


Aberdeen, MD
  Date: October 24, 2015
  Instructors: Andy Sabisch
and Bob Taylor


The second of two October Bootcamps was held on October 25th in Aberdeen, MD.  The training was held at the Wingate by Wyndham in Aberdeen and the in-field training / hunt was at a site literally within walking distance nearby with test areas, planted targets and natural finds to challenge attendees.  There were some great finds that turned up from the hunt location (non-planted) with the best being an 1827 Large Cent . . . never know what was built on a site that looks brand new.

Feedback was great and hopefully some super finds will turn up before winter rolls into town

Here's the Bootcamp group as we wound up the in-field session.





Portage, IN
  Date: October 4, 2015
  Instructor: Andy Sabisch


The first of two October Bootcamps was held on October 4th in Portage, IN.  After a packed house in June, we returned to Portage for an excellent Bootcamp . . both the classroom portion as well as the in-field session.  Everyone made their way to the hunt location this time and the results showed that despite a number of active hunters in the area as well as a dealer or two, no site is ever worked out.  A number of vintage coins turned up with the oldest being an 1847 Seated Dime that had been turned into a love token as well as several wheat cents and other collectibles.  V nickel.

We were pleased to have three hunters from Canada who shared their experiences and some of their finds with those in attendance.  We also had Shannon Harrell (far right in the photo below) who runs the Minelab USA office attend and she joined the group in the field digging targets.

We are looking forward to feedback from the attendees and hope to see some great finds turn up with the skills honed the Bootcamp.
 




Knoxville, TN
  Date: August 16, 2015
  Instructors: Andy Sabisch


The latest Southern Bootcamp was held on August 16th in Knoxville, IN.  Knoxville is a great destination if you want to bring the family along and the hotel serves as a great jumping off point due to its location.  The training was held at the Ramada Inn - Knoxville and the in-field training / hunt was held at nearby site with test areas, planted targets and natural finds that challenged attendees.

The weather was a tad humid (to say the least) but at least the mosquitoes were no where to be seen.  Some really impressive finds turned up from a site that most local hunters consider worked out including silver coins, Indian Head cents, wheats, relics dating back to the mid-1800's and more. 

Here's the Bootcamp group as we wrapped up the in-field session

 



Portage, IN
  Date: June 14, 2015
  Instructors: Andy Sabisch
& Brad Short


The June Bootcamp was held on June 14th in Portage, IN.  The training was held at the Holiday Inn Express in Portage and the in-field training / hunt was at a nearby site with test areas, planted targets and natural finds to challenge attendees.  It was interesting to see how much came out of the park and that was with one of the attendees living but a few miles from the location.  Just shows, no place is ever really hunted out!

Here's the Bootcamp group as we wrapped up the in-field session



Ameila, VA
  Date: April 19, 2015
  Instructors: Andy Sabisch
& Sal Guttuso


The inaugural Bootcamp was held on April 19th in Amelia, VA.  The event was exceptional with both the classroom and in-field sessions being well-received.  Attendees were able to ask individual questions and get immediate feedback as to how to address specific problems they had been experiencing.  The in-field session showed attendees how to squeeze the most performance possible from the E-Trac and CTX 3030 under a wide range of conditions.

The weather held with just a touch of rain and there were some interesting non-planted finds made from the fields - silver coins, wheat cents, a few pieces of jewelry and even a Civil War relic or two.

Here's a photo of most of the group as we wrapped up the in-field session.