Harley Bissell was hatched in 1952 and released to the wild in 1961.
He graduated early from high school in 1970 and had already enlisted in
the Army under the Delayed Entry Program so he took basic training under
the legendary Colonel Robert K. Brown (founder and editor of Soldier of Fortune)
After service in Vietnam and the Cold War plus a stint in a National Guard TOW platoon
during the Iranian Hostage Crisis he departed after total service of 7 years 7 months
active duty; six months in the reserves and one year in the National Guard for total
service of nine years and one month of Honorable Service.
After publishing letters in a number of magazines his first commissioned article
appeared in Western & Eastern Treasures. A total of three articles were inserted
over a three year period from 1974 to 1977 and during that period there was an article
in Ray Smith’s NTHL magazine plus bits and pieces in Exanimo Express. National
Prospectors Gazette and other titles later such as Lost TreasureUSA for Floyd Mann;
The Express for Paul Tainter and even several in Ernie Webb’s Uncommon Sense which he
didn’t get credited with a byline for some unknown reason. Those same articles were later
rewritten and were published in Lost Treasure recently. His letters and actions have been
reported in both White’s Discover and the Garrett Searcher. The favorable review of his book by Karl von Mueller in Waybills to Eldorado made his century. Written in 1985 an announcement will be made here when that book is available for download or as a print on demand. At this time it does not look like it will be sold here but will be on another site.
His experience in treasure hunting began in 1960 by converting the transistor radio of a friend into a crude BFO metal detector and he still uses and collects BFO detectors when they can be bought cheaply or bartered for.
As he declined physically he was forced to begin working with others after a lifetime of
working as a lone wolf with occasional one project partnerships with others. His only long term partnership has been with Siegfried Schlagrule. He provides research services, consulting and intellectual grubstakes to selected small teams of treasure hunters throughout the world. His policy of NO PLUNDER NO PAY is unique amongst dowsers but he is very picky who he will work with. Some will be rejected because he has no time to do the work. In all cases prior experience forces him to only offer one year options on treasure sites. Primarily this is because people have been known to ask for help then do nothing towards recovering the treasure. Occasionally he will begin to work with a client and then depart and cut all ties. These actions are NEVER explained on demand so be forewarned.
His word is his bond and he has a documented reputation for never betraying a trust or a confidence. Some wise treasure hunter will someday pay $250,000 for a life interest in his files and library. That will buy them access to his files during his lifetime with a share due of each recovery made and full possession upon his death with a 5% royalty paid to his estate on any recovery made from his files. Those files began in 1960 and continue to now. His magazine collection includes both treasure and western history and is complete through 2014 for the major titles and nearly complete for minor lesser known titles. Almost every treasure book and magazine written is owned or has been read, noted and passed on to others. Almost all books on sunken treasure and pirates have been disbursed and no notes were kept on that topic beyond the borders of the United States. He stopped keeping notes on foreign treasures when it became obvious he would not be travelling overseas. Research from before then is available for intellectual grubstakes and grubstakes will be offered not shopped from his files. Lost treasures and lost mines are heavily covered.
Simple questions requiring short answers are welcome. Longer questions involving more complicated answers may require signing a research contract and paying for them in cash, coins or books and magazines at your choice. Any coins asked for can be found at your local coin shop. Questions like what do you have for …..? can be addressed to the treasure magazines. Questions like where would I find treasure leads for …..? are welcome.