Recognizing Women In Metal Detecting

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Women in metal detecting are mothers, sisters, daughters, granddaughters and aunts. They are also caregivers, homemakers professionals. Many consider these women the backbone of metal detecting clubs. They participate by taking various roles which are vital for the success of metal detection.

Some of the roles these women participate in are hunt organizers, secretaries, vice presidents, treasurers, presidents, hostesses, newsletter editors and raffle ticket sellers. They have extensive contributions to the field which is due to their passion to metal detecting.

They excel in various facets of their hobby and they truly enjoy digging. I have been an avid fan of this hobby for more than twenty years. During this course of time, I have met countless of women who I have admired for their sheer dedication.

I salute all women who are avid fans of metal detecting. Your enthusiasm and love have made all the difference. Here are some of the women who deserve much recognition for their incredible contributions.


Lucile Bowen is truly an icon in the world of metal detection. It has been her passion for more than 40 years now. She and her husband Harry decided to open Bowen’s Hideout in 1966. It was a major success and their business grew even more over the years.

Lucile was selfless and her enthusiasm was clearly evident in her willpower to influence more people. She had an unwavering love for her hobby which helped her become a massive success. She has written a column for the Travels of the Gals for the past thirty years. She also worked on the Chief Joseph and Custer Battlefield archaeological digs. She taught beginning prospecting for the North Idaho College and the Institute for Extended Learning for twenty years.

She also went to Alaska to prospect for gold and she did that for a decade. She also taught metal detecting classes in Montana. Lucile together with Betty Weeks have played a vital role in aiding George Massey to fulfill his dream of establishing the Gold Prospector’s Association of America.

Lucile’s greatest achievement is the work she has done to promote, elevate, preserve and advance the metal detection industry for everyone. She now works closely with Brian Fielding, well known in the community and author at


Betty Weeks is considered to be the heart and soul of metal detecting. She has been an avid metal detection enthusiast for the past thirty years. She has accepted some of the most challenging tasks such as being the president for the Archaeological Clubs and the Federation of Metal Detecting. Her decisions weren’t always approved by her peers but she continued to face each challenge with dignity and grace.

She never gave up nor did she ever walk away. Her heart was always in the right place and her diplomacy and fortitude has made her one of the most admirable women in metal detecting. Until today, Betty extends her expert knowledge and support to the American Metal Detecting Association and the Federation. Her interest in the field began in Sacramento, California where she grew up. Her father was a dedicated historian of the Gold Rush.

On Sunday mornings, she went with her dad to explore abandoned towns around the city. Her upbringing has influenced her to become an avid metal detection enthusiast. Together with her husband Jim, they bought their first metal detector in 1968. She was also one of the founders of the Northwest Treasure Hunters Club located in Spokane, Washington.


Reba Swann could only be found in rugged coastlines and jungles in some far off island or exotic country. She is a certified hardcore relic hunter. She has been able to accumulate an impressive collection with her husband Mark throughout the years.

She thoroughly enjoys searching for relics in foreign lands but she also has no problem finding it in her own backyard. Her love for metal detecting all started when she and Mark did some landscaping in their home. It was during this time when she discovered a mason jar which had ten silver dollars inside it.

It was buried under a forsythia bush and the coins dated back to 1860s to 1890s. While she was searching around a dogwood tree, she was able to uncover an oil can which had a gold coin and silver dimes in it. Ever since those two encounters, she became a metal detection enthusiast.

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