A Field Test: MINELAB GOLD MONSTER 1000

A Field Test: MINELAB GOLD MONSTER 1000

Minelab displays great confidence in their new detector by the name alone

When Minelab dealers and various media outlets from around the world attended the recent Minelab Worldwide Dealer Conference in Las Vegas, Nev., we were introduced to what Minelab described as a new “entry level” gold prospecting detector; the Gold Monster 1000. The detector created quite a bit of discussion along with a certain amount of skepticism among many of us that have been detecting for decades. Coming from Minelab, a company that has been known for innovation since the 1980s, the Gold Monster 1000 was not what we expected.

Thursday, April 27, 2017/Author: Kevin Hoagland/Number of views (926)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.0
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FLOOD GOLD!

FLOOD GOLD!

Auspicious Prospects

After years of drought, prospectors in the California Mother Lode and Desert Southwest are preparing their packs and checking over their mining equipment for the deluge of flood gold that is sure to await them when the winter rains subside and mountain snow melts.  

Wednesday, March 15, 2017/Author: Brad Jones/Number of views (7176)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5
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GOLD FEVER: Boo Coo and ‘the Volkswagen’

GOLD FEVER: Boo Coo and ‘the Volkswagen’

The first time I met David “Boo Coo” Haas was at the Lost Dutchman’s Mining Association camp at Italian Bar in California back in the early ’80s. I had seen Boo Coo around camp. He wasn’t hard to miss. He would play his mandolin and sing and drink around the campfires in the evening, but it wasn’t until my father, George “Buzzard” Massie, invited him to our mining 
operation deep in the canyon below the camp that I got to know Boo Coo better.

Friday, March 10, 2017/Author: Tom Massie/Number of views (4125)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 2.9
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Metal Detecting 101 / Renegade Treasure Hunts

Metal Detecting 101 / Renegade Treasure Hunts

Four detecting events scheduled for 2017

The Gold Prospectors Association of America and the Lost Dutchman’s Mining Association are excited to announce a series of metal detecting training sessions along with renegade treasure hunts at our Stanton camp in Arizona, our Oconee camp in South Carolina, and at our Duisenburg camp in Southern California.


Friday, February 24, 2017/Author: GPAA/Number of views (3241)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.8
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Gold shows set for Indiana, North Carolina

Gold shows set for Indiana, North Carolina

First of seven events to kick off in Pleasanton, Calif in February

The Gold Prospectors Association of America had added two more Gold & Treasure Shows to its 2017 schedule — one in Indiana and another in North Carolina. The first of seven GPAA Gold & Treasure Shows will kick off in Pleasanton, Calif. Feb. 11-12. As a special feature  of this event, a National Raffle with more than $15,000 worth of prizes will be broadcast live on Facebook for those who can’t attend the show. You can participate in the National Raffle from home by calling (209) 266-2844.

Thursday, February 9, 2017/Author: Brad Jones/Number of views (3208)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.4
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GPAA launches online Mining Guide

GPAA launches online Mining Guide

Leveraging the knowledge, experience of all members

For years now, members have been asking about getting online access to the GPAA Claims Club Membership Mining Guide. In the past, updated versions of the Mining Guide were released every two to three years based on the number of updates from the prior edition. The Pick & Shovel Gazette was used as a tool to help provide bi-monthly updates to members between edition releases, but with the advancements in technology, members have asked why an online edition has not been introduced.

Friday, January 20, 2017/Author: Brandon Johnson/Number of views (7450)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.1
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Eye in the Sky

Eye in the Sky

Finding quartz float, old diggings with a drone

There are thousands of miles of dirt roads in California’s gold country, and quartz outcroppings are a common sight. This can be exciting for the prospector who recognizes that quartz and gold sometimes hang out together. And, it is possible – if you spend enough time and are willing to sort through several thousand empty .22 casings — to find gold right there in that road cut. But, the tiny portion of the vein you see on the road is just that — a tiny portion. 

Thursday, January 5, 2017/Author: Neal and Sam Bolton/Number of views (3252)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.0
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Memories of Boo Coo

Memories of Boo Coo

Some parting words for our ol’ friend

David “Boo Coo” Haas passed away Dec. 10 in Texas. He was 84. He was a close friend of GPAA-LDMA founder George Buzzard Massie and a contributor to Gold Prospectors magazine.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016/Author: GPAA/Number of views (5268)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.9
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HIGHER FREQUENCY DETECTING WITH THE GOLD BUG 2

HIGHER FREQUENCY DETECTING WITH THE GOLD BUG 2

Fisher Research Labs offers tried-and-true technology

When it comes to gold fever, there’s no doubt that Ken Martinez has a bad case of it. And, when it comes to metal detectors, he’s been feelin’ the bite of the Fisher Gold Bug 2. Though Martinez admits he was initially skeptical of the Gold Bug 2’s analog technology, his cache of small nuggets is all the proof he needs to dismiss any doubts about this super-high frequency metal detector.

Monday, December 5, 2016/Author: Brad Jones/Number of views (5113)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.3
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NUGGET SHOOTER: Hunt like you mean it!

NUGGET SHOOTER: Hunt like you mean it!

Load up with know-how at Bill Southern’s detecting seminars

If there’s one ornament Bill Southern does not want to see hanging in your home this holiday season it’s a “closet ornament” in the form of a high-dollar metal detector. Think exercise equipment — a graveyard of barbells and fat-burning contraptions. The same can happen with prospecting equipment as dusty dredges get bogged down under car parts and Christmas decorations and metal detectors sit propped up next to umbrellas and folding chairs. The answer to keeping your expensive equipment out of the closet is education and a little bit of matchmaking, said Bill Southern, owner of Nugget Shooter in Morristown, Ariz.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016/Author: Sarah Reijonen/Number of views (4794)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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