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jesse loucksUser is Offline
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22 Sep 2015 04:53 AM
    anyone know if gpaa has land for use in sc,nc,ga...just joined club and not sure how to find out about land gpaa allowes us to use ?
    ARTHUR WAUGHUser is Offline
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    22 Sep 2015 06:55 AM
    If you have gotten you package with the guide, it willlist all the leases in the states you list, and some of the "pay to dig" sites.  The LDMA sites are off limits to GPAA members unless you are there on a sponsored dig and have registered and paid the fee for the dig, or you are at one of the LDMA properties on the one time 3 day visit.
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    22 Sep 2015 06:56 AM
    Hey Jesse, as for GPAA claims in the SE. There are 3, they are all leases so that's the section of the mining guide you need to look in. There are 4 sectons about areas you can go in the guide, Claims, Leases, Pay to Play, and Public lands.

    The first is Coker Creek in lower SE Tenn, it is just south of the town of Coker Creek, TN.

    In west GA there's the Farm Claim just outside of Buchanan, GA. it's north of I-20 off of exit 11.

    In AL just east of the Talladaga Mtns near Delta, AL, there is Curvins Cow Pasture.

    These are ALL the GPAA locations in the SE.

    There are also "pay to play" locations listed in the guide, you get a 10% GPAA discount at most of these locations, there is 1 n AL, the Ala Gold Camp outside of Cragford, AL. This is a really nice place with decent rates, good folks and nice gold. It is my favorite "p2p" location.

    There is 1 in GA, Gold and Gem Grubbin outside of Cleveland, Ga. but they are real expensive.

    Then there are the "p2p" places in NC, Vein Mtn.gold and emerald camp, Thermal City Gold mine, and the Lucky Strike Mine, just to mention a few.

    And like Scott says there's Nat forest land (pan and trowel only), no National parks or Wildlife Managemant areas (WMA's) though. In GA there is also the Corp of Engineers property around Lake Allatoona, north of Atlanta, You can "pan and shovel" on any of the creeks around the lake, as long as they are accessed from public property and you don't cross private property without permission. This area has decent gold as there were 30+ gold mines in the area some as late as the 1930's. Sixes Rd in that area is called that because there were 6 gold mines along there.

    If you ever get a chance come by the Farm Claim in Buchanan,GA on the 2nd Sat of the month from Mar - Nov, that is were we, ( the NW GA chapter of the GPAA) meet and take care of the claim. You're welcome to any meeting, we have a day of personal mining, a pot luck dinner,our chapter meeting and then a raffle. We have a great group of folks and always have a blast. I am the Outings Coordinator of the chapter.

    Good Luck and keep in touch.

    Paul
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    jesse loucksUser is Offline
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    22 Sep 2015 09:03 AM
    good deal..i do know about thermal city and would like to visit..will check into the other places listed by u guys..and no I havnt got my package from gpaa yet..
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    23 Sep 2015 02:02 PM
    One of the members in our Chapter gets some great concentrates from North Carolina and donates them for the club, the gold is chunky and really pretty yellow, clearly more pure then what we find in Colorado. I have found not only some nice match heads but also some beautiful gems, I will have to ask him where he is getting it from and pass the information on.

    From what I can tell the material is from directly below a mine because I find a lot of lode material in the concentrates, you can crush that stuff up and be shocked at what falls out of it.
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    23 Sep 2015 03:08 PM
    It might be from a company called Carolina Paydirt they sell 8oz. bags for $29.99.....
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    24 Sep 2015 02:57 PM
    Nice,

    From what I can tell about California Paydirt is that their bags are seeded, all of them, and you can even specify how you want it seeded. This dirt is not even close to being the same, plus it has a lot of gravel that you just don't get from bought Concentrates.

    If you want gems go to Gold Hog, they do add a few to every bag, but nothing special, and the gold is poor.

    My point is that this material is not your normal sold concentrates and somebody has access to where it is coming from out of North Carolina, I don't know if it is a pay to dig site or what and need to ask more questions so I can pass that info down to people on the East Coast looking to dig, but it really is unique material with a wide variety of gem stones and lode and placer gold.

    I will freely admit I do buy concentrates from time to time because I volunteer my time to teach people and kids how to pan for gold. You cannot teach people to pan unless there is gold in the material so these companies do come in handy from time to time.

    In my opinion if you are looking for the best return on investment when it comes to concentrates look no further than Felix Paydirt. But if I can tell somebody where to go get really good dirt for themselves without having to pay for it I will.
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    24 Sep 2015 03:12 PM

    I can really understand their place in providing this product as such...it does serve a need.......But then I got this nagging thought as though I would be getting a participation trophy just for showing up....I mean buying the bag.....Kind of like a high end cracker jacks box too.....

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    24 Sep 2015 04:04 PM
    I feel the same way Leo, 90% of what we do is on the river and that is the true beauty of us being out, away from the cities, and mastering our skills. But when it comes to beginners I have found it is easier to get their interest by first showing them the most basic step, panning. Once that hook is set they too will be heading out to the rivers to do exactly what we do and join our ranks.

    Last weekend at the Melon Days festival in Green River Utah we had this one kid come back five times to pan for gold, and he had to be just five years old. His technique was really good for his age and he really showed an incredible interest. After we filled his little vial with gold all of his brothers came to buy bags and learn as well, and even though they were older they weren't as good as he was. He ended up winning a pan for himself and the family was discussing where they could go dig dirt for themselves. The concentrates were really poor making finding gold very difficult, we were looking at maybe five grains of pepper per bag, these concentrates were from our clubs own digging on the river and not purchased, but just that little amount made a impression.

    The more citizens willing to stand up for our mining rights the longer we can continue to do what we do, unfortunately prospecting in the US is becoming a lost and dying skill, and regulatory agencies are doing everything they can to shut us down.

    Some people just have a natural interest, they just need to learn the skill and see the results in person and not on TV. If I could lead a Boy Scout Troop to the river every weekend I would, I too would rather be on the river.
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    24 Sep 2015 08:29 PM
    Crain that is one reason every miner out there should be donating to PLP or any other legal fund out there to help keep it alive .I do as I can .
    Member LDMA and several other clubs in CA.
    Clarence SnyderUser is Offline
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    08 Jan 2016 08:50 AM
    Don't trust the Mining guide to much. I know of at least 3 places in Indiana that should be in the book but they only have one.
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