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 (5484)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.2
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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 (8564)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.4
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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 (5664)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.2
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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 (4288)/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 (6102)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0
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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 (6083)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.3
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Turbopan more than just spin

Turbopan more than just spin

Necessity, it has been said, is the mother of invention. But sometimes, the invention part can come years later, depending on when one can find the time to tinker and actually make it happen. So it was when Australian-born geologist Kim Hillier decided he would one day create a better gold pan. 
As a young man in his early twenties, Hillier had spent many hours test panning for an exploration company that was searching for alluvial and hard rock gold deposits in Australia.

Monday, November 14, 2016/Author: Brad Jones/Number of views (3701)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.6
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A Prospector’s Paradise

A Prospector’s Paradise

The end of the road is just the beginning in Fairbanks

If adventure begins where the pavement ends, then driving from the Lower 48 to the end of the Alaska Highway has to be the ultimate road trip. And, what lies at the end of the road is a prospector’s paradise known as The Golden Heart City, about 100 miles shy of the Arctic Circle, where there is 24 hours of daylight on the summer solstice.

Friday, November 4, 2016/Author: Brad Jones/Number of views (3922)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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A FIELD TEST: NOKTA AU GOLD FINDER

A FIELD TEST: NOKTA AU GOLD FINDER

Versatility and precision at a higher frequency

When any company enters a crowded product space with a new product to compete with well-established brands, I always ask questions. I have to know if the new product is at least as good as the top dog or better. Does it really work? Does it meet a need? And, is it competitively priced? I have to say that, in this case, Nokta did the research. Their engineers took the time to ask questions of metal detectorists around the world and set out to create a high frequency analog VLF detector that meets their needs—the Nokta AU Gold Finder. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016/Author: Kevin Hoagland/Number of views (3731)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0
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Young prospector’s wish granted

Young prospector’s wish granted

Nine-year-old Evan Valentino finds gold nugget at LDMA Camp

A prospector’s biggest wish is to find a shiny, gold nugget staring up at him from the earth. In mid-July, nine-year-old Evan Valentino’s wish was granted in multiple ways. With the help of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Valentino, who has been battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma since October 2014, got to hold a nugget in his hand—a nugget that he found with the help of “Frying Pan” Frank Powell and Gold Prospecting Adventures, LLC.

Monday, October 3, 2016/Author: SARAH REIJONEN/Number of views (8298)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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