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0 Replies and 1270 Views New to area and could use some help?  1270  0 Started by The wife and I drove down to Montrose County this weekend down HWY 141 and the river was too deep and running too fast to find a place to pan. I will admit we found some pretty cool rocks from the tailings from old mines and one literally covered our hands in gold dust, it was finer than I have ever seen. But we are looking for a place and a group of people to set up with, learn the area, and then purchase a sluice.   My name is Ben and my wife's name is Paula and if we could find a coupl...
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24 Mar 2015 11:20 PM
4 Replies and 5378 Views Stanton 2015  5378  4 Started by  amgonter Hello all,        I signed up for the Stanton outing and was wondering if anyone can give me a heads up on what to expect.  I will be camping and very new to the gold prospecting field.  I know I will learn alot there and can't wait for that.  If anyone can let me know what I should bring since I will be camping that would be great.  I go out camping alot but not for anything like this.   Just looking for some advice and can't wait to meet alot o...
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by  ANDREW GONTERJump to last post
24 Mar 2015 07:46 PM
2 Replies and 5105 Views Better late than never, or still a pipe dream?  5105  2 Started by  Cpc1to3 My days as a prospector came about suddenly, when my wife and son presented my first gold pan and bag of paydirt for my 26th birthday (October 2014). They had observed my love for geology through stories of picking quartz out of my Uncle's Arkansas driveway, to cracking open fossilized ferns and mushrooms picked from Shadow Lake, IL. I often watched 'Gold Rush' with them, and dreamed of being a genuine miner. Not knowing of the immense world of small-scale mining, I was quick to abando...
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by  Scott BulkleyJump to last post
20 Mar 2015 12:21 PM
0 Replies and 3693 Views Dredging in Az  3693  0 Started by  JUSTINPOWELL101@GMAIL.COM Do I need a permit to use a 2' dredge in a river in the king man area Called Blm the said I would need a action plan and also to test the site and will take months. Please help
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13 Mar 2015 02:15 PM
1 Replies and 2203 Views new member question  2203  1 Started by  jhilly72 Hi All,   I am a brand new member and i was going through all the materials i have recieved.  Is the prospecitng permit and membership card the same thing  I have my lifteme membership card and LDMA card but i dont see anything specifically labeled GPAA prospecting permit.   If its not included in your starting materials can someone tell  me how to register for it   Thanks for your patience!
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by  Paul LoulyJump to last post
13 Mar 2015 12:59 PM
5 Replies and 5696 Views So I downloaded some maps from goldmapsonline...  5696  5 Started by  macsheadroom So I downloaded some maps from and the Lode and Placer claims are all around my campsite. Can I dig and pan anywhere in the boxes Thank you for your time.
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by  DENNIS JANKAJump to last post
12 Mar 2015 12:13 PM
6 Replies and 5453 Views Looking for tips and advice  5453  6 Started by  kyleclay Hello all, I'm a new member and new to prospecting.  I was looking for some tips and advice on where to start my first adventure from the photo below. In this photo the water flow is from left to right. Thank you in advance for any info.  
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by  DENNIS JANKAJump to last post
11 Mar 2015 09:23 AM
0 Replies and 1560 Views Highway cuts  1560  0 Started by When driving through various secondary roads in the west, especially like Nevada I always see very interesting ground where the highway was actually blasted through hills/mountains in order to lay the roadbed. Has anyone ever tried checking these cuts for possible veins or exposed gold bearing material. Do you think that these guys working these road construction areas in the past ever uncovered gold I am tempted to pull off in a safe area and hike onto these areas si...
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08 Mar 2015 05:02 PM
0 Replies and 1400 Views Cloudcroft nm  1400  0 Started by  Orvisdog Has anyone had any luck finding color around cloudcroft nm
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07 Mar 2015 12:07 PM
4 Replies and 5826 Views rio grande????  5826  4 Started by  alexurias1984 I been going to my ranch in mexico for the past 2 years and always see black sand everywhere. just join gpaa and just was wanting to know if anybody had tried the rio grande or rio grande area. might have to take a chance next time I go and go to the mountains and pan in the creeks see if I have any luck. I know there are lots of crystal formations in the rocks and granet. ( not valuable crystals I don't think) going to spend some time to see if I find anything. I will let yall know wh...
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by  Alejandro UriasJump to last post
05 Mar 2015 08:12 AM
1 Replies and 2054 Views Change of plans  2054  1 Started by  mbosanek Hi all, We had plans for another claim but that fell off the deep end.  So, since we already have the trip planed and things paid for I want to see if anyone had any more info on the Nancy's claim in placer county Ca. other then what is in the member book. We may just go there instead but would like a heads up if anyone can help with this area. Thanks Mary.
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by  WILLIAM HALLJump to last post
04 Mar 2015 03:38 PM
1 Replies and 2697 Views Moab Claim 1 Information - Is there even gold?  2697  1 Started by  SteepHollow Hi all, After a trip to Arizona to dry wash before the rains, I stopped by the Moab 1 claim (page CL-159) on my way home to check it out. Having worked within 20 miles of the site as an exploration geologist for uranium I was surprised to see a gold claim there, as it is out in the sandy, silty, sedimentary lands, as far as one can see. The guidebook states that 'We had this claim tested and it gave off loots of gold flake', which really piqued my interest. I did a LR2000 search and foun...
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by  PAUL BADAMEJump to last post
02 Mar 2015 10:02 PM
0 Replies and 1611 Views first gold show  1611  0 Started by  rqjr2002 I went to the mesa gold show this weekend.  I liked it alot.  I am a little sad though that I didnt win any of the raffles.  I did learn alot though. cant wait for next time
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01 Mar 2015 02:47 PM
1 Replies and 2778 Views Fine gold recovery equipment  2778  1 Started by  jhilly72 With all the different systems out there it is a bit overwhelming on which one is a good place to start. Blue bowls, spiral panning wheels, gold cube, mini sluices.....   I've even heard that some will mix their black sand with vinegar in a rock tumbler for 24 hrs. then combine it with salt and heat it   I'm sure each one has its pro's and con's and probably a lot is personal preference, but does any one type stand out above the rest  Ultimately after all the resea...
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by  PAUL STRAUBJump to last post
27 Feb 2015 05:10 PM
3 Replies and 4363 Views Want to get the kids outside away from t.v. and see the real world  4363  3 Started by  geniehall34 I have three sons 10, 8, and 6 week old. My two oldest and wife want to go panning for gold but have no idea where to go. I am very glad the kids want to go panning, it gets them away from the t.v. You can't learn everything about life from the t.v. and internet. We live in Candler North Carolina. If anybody has any ideas where I can take the family it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.
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by  PAUL STRAUBJump to last post
27 Feb 2015 02:26 PM
1 Replies and 2079 Views buying a claim  2079  1 Started by  jeeps44 where can I find information on buying a claim, the do's and dont's    I am looking for something in New Mexico or Ariz. Just a placer claim where I can take my grandson Thanks
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by  ARTHUR WAUGHJump to last post
24 Feb 2015 06:09 PM
3 Replies and 2961 Views Brand New to prospecting  2961  3 Started by  markesto Hi, I am brand new to gold prospecting. I am in Southern California for a few weeks and wanted to try some panning and sluicing. Does anyone know any good spots I could try. I have been watching videos to help me learn and I am very excited to start any help that you could give would be very much appreciated thank you.
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by  Paul LoulyJump to last post
23 Feb 2015 09:09 AM
5 Replies and 3721 Views GPS recommendation  3721  5 Started by  Ivansgarage Looking for a GPS unit for off road any good units Please give make and model number. Thanks Ivan Tucson AZ
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by  James DeTourJump to last post
22 Feb 2015 08:37 PM
1 Replies and 4282 Views dredge/high banker  4282  1 Started by I think I would like to buy a 2 inch dredge/highBanker combo. Does anyone have any advice Do they work well Is there a brand that stands above the rest Where the best place to purchase one I'm grateful for help. Thanks !!!
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by  FLOYD DRAYJump to last post
22 Feb 2015 06:08 PM
6 Replies and 6577 Views lode and placer claim overlaps  6577  6 Started by i've searched thru the BLM sites and can't find any reference to the legality of prospecting for placer deposits inside the borders of and active lode claim. i'm interested to find out if, by filing a lode claim, that gives the owner of that claim the right to ALL forms of gold deposits within the claim boundaries. if not, then wouldn't it be interesting to sample for placer and if found then file a placer claim on the same property....
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by  Craig CampbellJump to last post
22 Feb 2015 03:28 PM
3 Replies and 4863 Views Prepping my green pan  4863  3 Started by I saw an article on prepping a newly obtained gold pan earlier this year in the pick and shovel gazette. With my membership I received a new gold pan and would like some input as the gazette has come up missing. My wife obtained some concentrates for my anniversary present and I was hoping to get some practice in while the weather and work schedule hinder prospecting in the near future. Thank you in advance for your help and Happy Holidays. Dave
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by  Craig CampbellJump to last post
22 Feb 2015 03:21 PM
5 Replies and 4085 Views much to learn  4085  5 Started by  lghickeysr Hello fellow miners and future friends. I am new to ALL of this sort of thing.  Looking forward to meeting new people and going to new places.  I am curious to know where someone would go to sell any of the gold that is found.
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by  Craig CampbellJump to last post
22 Feb 2015 03:16 PM
14 Replies and 6268 Views New to the GPAA and a little Utah flour gold  6268  14 Started by  CSmalley Hello everybody. I am enjoying the forum and am new to the GPAA and gold prospecting altogether. I went out this weekend with my boy and dug up three 5 gallon buckets of material to run through my recirculating A52 and found a little color! Here are some pics. Here is my homemade miller table Here is my recirculating sluice and my pink pool  Utah flour gold in the pan
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by  herschel jonesJump to last post
21 Feb 2015 08:53 PM
0 Replies and 1762 Views Vacationing at Klamath Falls Oregon. Where to prospect?  1762  0 Started by  Herschel2898 hello all. I am taking the family on vacation to Klamath Falls, June 8th to12th and would like to have someone from the area take us out for a day or two.
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21 Feb 2015 02:41 PM
2 Replies and 4201 Views not going to make the gold show  4201  2 Started by  alexurias1984 well I was going to go to the gold show in mesa arizona but I will not be going to make it. Job change and also new schedule which has put a damper on me going to my first ever gold show. if any of the members know of someone who would like to have these tickets let me know I am giving them away not selling them. cant get refund because I had them mailed to me since I had this trip planned for a while. but let me know as soon as possible so I can be able to send tickets as soon as poss...
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by  Alejandro UriasJump to last post
16 Feb 2015 03:31 PM
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