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2 Replies and 2319 Views arizona heat and rains?  2319  2 Started by    Hey anybody out prospecting this time of year in Arizona or are you guys waiting for the weather to break. I figured most are not going out quite yet. 
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by  joseph LoydJump to last post
01 Oct 2018 03:43 PM
5 Replies and 13280 Views Mining claims on GPS  13280  5 Started by Hi guys. I don’t know how many of you uses your GPS for accessing claims but I emailed onX maps here in Montana because they make land ownership software for your Garmin. I asked them if they could make a layer in their program with mining claims. They responded that if enough people asked for it they would make it! So if you could go to and go to support and contact them about this layer, maybe we could get them to do this. I know it would be really handy in the field for knowi...
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by  WALTER EASONJump to last post
04 Sep 2018 08:16 AM
4 Replies and 3485 Views Bad Prospecting Ethics  3485  4 Started by I was working the Placer Creek claim in New Mexico yesterday and came across this area where someone had dug along and beneath the Forest Service trail that accesses the claim from Hopewell Lake.  This is along Forest Road 356A.  Not only does this conflict with the standard guidelines of not digging into stream banks ~ one of the conditions the Forest Service is clear about when obtaining authorization to prospect on this claim ~ it's pretty stupid and disrespectful to cause damage to...
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by  WILLIAM VAUGHNJump to last post
18 Aug 2018 11:51 AM
8 Replies and 22302 Views Prospecting Places in Georgia  22302  8 Started by  RANDALL BONDS I am looking for places in North Georgia where you can find more than just a few flakes or flour gold. Does anyone know any places where I can find good gold and is free to prospectors like me Thank you so much! - Randall
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by  DALE BLANKENSHIPJump to last post
07 Aug 2018 10:21 AM
0 Replies and 1164 Views For Sale: Gas powered cable winch 8000lb single line pull  1164  0 Started by  lnagel For Sale. Gas powered cable winch,.  Terry Stapp gas powered cable winch (not rope) rated at 8000lb single line pull.  Excellent condition.  Was usedone season for about two weeks and has been in inside clean storage. With the correct number of blocks and choker cable it is an excellent winch for moving large boulders.  I used up to 6 Warn blocks at a time, extra cable and choker cable to safely move large boulders weighing several tons.  The GX120 Honda with 6:1 gear re...
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01 Aug 2018 08:54 PM
10 Replies and 9474 Views Tips from a newbie to other newbies  9474  10 Started by Ok, I have just started within the last year or so when it comes to panning and prospecting, I’m gojng to throw some ideas out there from my experiences. 1. Start basic gear wise, a couple of classifiers and a good garret or GPAA ridged / gravity pan. 2. Watch a TON of YouTube videos!! There is a load of great ones with prospecting basics and pan working etc (I will also be doing my own videos soon!) watch a mix of types. Panning wet and dry, ask Jeff Williams has some good ones also on what...
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by  lance carlsonJump to last post
11 Jun 2018 04:51 PM
4 Replies and 3132 Views Gold and Dogs  3132  4 Started by   Would it be possible to train a dog to sniff out gold
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by  Mary McCartyJump to last post
08 Jun 2018 09:12 AM
19 Replies and 26029 Views Finding gold in a stream with balloons  26029  19 Started by  charlotte49er Next time you're at Wally World add these items to your list.   Children's balloons, fishing line/string or twine & split shot lead sinkers. (Less than $5.00 total, and it will probably last you all season.) Find a spot in the creek where you want setup equipment then go up stream a bit. (Anywhere from 50' to a 50 yards depending on the stream.) Take about 3ft. of twine string fishing line. Stay away fro ribbon, it floats. (Actually you want about 1 1/2' longer than the stream is dee...
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by  Don WendtJump to last post
18 May 2018 07:56 PM
0 Replies and 1111 Views Don't forget this!  1111  0 Started by So I am camping two miles away from a claim. Had plans of two days sampling and testing out the claim and figuring out where to work it! Day started out awesome and had tent up in 30 seconds. Bbq up ect. A friend asked if I wanted them to stop by i said of course. Well after a couple of reds wicked ales and some time I was slammed with a migraine. Guess what I forgot caffeine !!!! I drink diet coke like my version of water.. So needless to say caffeine on board and now migraine gone.. Sadly I di...
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18 May 2018 07:35 PM
5 Replies and 11376 Views Oklahoma Panning Locations - Where?  11376  5 Started by  deadeyedusty How do we find where it is/is not ok to pan for gold I do not wish to get in trouble, or have to ask constantly. Is there a master map somewhere  
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by  BENNETT HELGERSONJump to last post
15 May 2018 10:48 AM
4 Replies and 16848 Views New prospecting shop  16848  4 Started by  Motherlodeprospecting Hello prospectors. I wanted to add a link to my store. I opened in July. I am located in Lotus, Ca. Right next to Coloma and the state park. I carry hand tools. New and used Items. I rent sluice boxes and a couple different detectors. I have onsite gold panning with gold I dig from various areas. I give panning lessons on site and at the river.   I am a G.P.A.A , Jobe, Bazooka gold Trap, mORE mining and Rothco dealer. I also carry camping, fishing and other outdoor gear. I have firew...
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by  Terrance CieszkiJump to last post
10 Mar 2018 06:01 PM
3 Replies and 4799 Views Prospecting help needed in Arizona  4799  3 Started by  kevbart Hi all, My family and I are in the Phoenix area for just a few more days.  We went up to the Yahoos GPAA claim area all day today with no luck.  We have a Garrett AT Pro metal detector.  We've never prospected for gold in Arizona before.  We currently have 2 more days (December 21 and December 22) scheduled to prospect for gold - but we need help!  We just aren't sure where and how we should be looking.  Is there anyone in the area willing to either chat or give us...
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by  Terrance CieszkiJump to last post
10 Mar 2018 01:40 PM
0 Replies and 1674 Views diamond prospecting  1674  0 Started by  rrhobdy Now that I am retired, I took up the hobby of diamond prospecting.  It uses the same equipment as gold prospecting and very easy to do in some of the most beautiful scenery there is.  If you want to start, try Crater of Diamonds first, where you will get to learn about diamonds.  Then read up on the internet on where there are diamonds to be found elsewhere in the USA.  I prefer Colorado and Wyoming which has a history of finds.  There is an old saying: ' If you want to ...
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02 Mar 2018 09:55 AM
8 Replies and 12438 Views Recirculating Blues: A Slurry Story  12438  8 Started by  Woffie Been stuck indoors working bought paid dirt.  All Prototyping 3D printed equipment for fine work.  Mostly Recirculating equipment with a mini blue Bowl, a mini Gold Cube, various textures on sluice 'plates'.  My problem is dealing with the dirty water obscuring vision and hiding the shiny.  Some of the dirt I have been running could be used to make Egg Shell pottery it's so filled with fine powder slurry. Just the other day I watched a single DigDug on Youtube.  He wa...
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by  Gregory RatcliffJump to last post
01 Mar 2018 10:04 PM
3 Replies and 2705 Views Vacuum Techniques  2705  3 Started by I just purchased a Royal Manufacturing Gas Powered Bucket Vacuum. I want to learn what tips our prospecting community has to offer me. Do you vacuum up several buckets and take those home to process Or do you recommend processing the material on site. What routine works best for you
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by  WILLIAM HALLJump to last post
28 Feb 2018 04:31 PM
3 Replies and 12460 Views Panning practice at home  12460  3 Started by  17CCRAMER@GMAIL.COM My father taught me this. You get some dirt in your gold pan (a normal pan full ) then you put about 10-15 steel BBs into the dirt and mix it in. The steel BBs are not as heavy as gold but heavier than the dirt. Pan normally until you get your 'concentrates' and see how many BBs are left in the pan. This is a good way to see how much gold you are losing when panning also. My father was a professional gold miner for big companies in California and Nevada. His hobby was prospecting. If y...
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by  Terrance CieszkiJump to last post
22 Feb 2018 05:51 PM
5 Replies and 10940 Views weighing gold  10940  5 Started by I have an old vial with a small amount of gold in it.  I would like to weigh the gold to see just how much is in there. I just bought a small digital scale but now I'm wondering just how to weigh only the gold. I can weight an empty vial, but not the amount of water unless it is still mixed in with the gold.  Now, somewhere and long ago, I read an article about just how to do this, but I can't remember where or when or how. Any suggestions as to how or where I might have read about th...
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by  Thomas WentlingJump to last post
10 Feb 2018 07:03 AM
4 Replies and 5862 Views Quartz vein  5862  4 Started by I have found a quartz vein that is about 2 feet wide and , what is visable , about 12 feet long. How do I work this It's in gila national park new Mexico if that makes a difference on how to work it. Thx
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by  DAVE STJOHNJump to last post
12 Jan 2018 01:52 AM
8 Replies and 15106 Views What Classifier Sizes  15106  8 Started by I am looking at getting more classifiers. I have the 2 (1/2') and 8 (1/8') mesh classifiers by Keene. I am going to use a 100 for (Blue Bowl and Miller Table). What sizes do you feel are best to add before the 100 mesh or can I just go from the 8 straight to the 100  My concern is having to much to dig through, in the classifier, if I make a big jump like this. Thanks
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by  Thomas WentlingJump to last post
11 Jan 2018 08:23 AM
0 Replies and 1581 Views Hog Canyon Sierra county (hog Canyon claim)  1581  0 Started by Hey members I was just wondering if anybody has any info on the hog canyon claim !! Just wondering if anybody was there and to share any experience thanks all !! and an early Merry Xmas to all !!!  
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03 Dec 2017 03:45 PM
0 Replies and 1316 Views Hog Canyon Sierra county (hog Canyon claim)  1316  0 Started by Hey members I was just wondering if anybody has any info on the hog canyon claim !! Just wondering if anybody was there and to share any experience thanks all !! and an early Merry Xmas to all !!!  
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03 Dec 2017 03:45 PM
0 Replies and 1266 Views Hog Canyon Sierra county (hog Canyon claim)  1266  0 Started by Hey members I was just wondering if anybody has any info on the hog canyon claim !! Just wondering if anybody was there and to share any experience thanks all !! and an early Merry Xmas to all !!!  
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03 Dec 2017 03:45 PM
0 Replies and 1304 Views Hog Canyon Sierra county (hog Canyon claim)  1304  0 Started by Hey members I was just wondering if anybody has any info on the hog canyon claim !! Just wondering if anybody was there and to share any experience thanks all !! and an early Merry Xmas to all !!!  
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03 Dec 2017 03:45 PM
2 Replies and 11707 Views south carolina  11707  2 Started by  rkline   I have access to several streams in the Greenville county area of s.c . it is all private property. my question is can I use my 2''  highbanker dredge on these areas, or do I have to deal with permits, any ideas greatly appreciated .    
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by  freddie beckJump to last post
22 Nov 2017 12:05 AM
15 Replies and 25576 Views Dry washers, losing gold  25576  15 Started by  rewipe   I got a Gold Duster dry washer that I bought used a few years ago. I'm getting ready for my gold trip and bought some bags of dirt at the Gold Show. I ran them in my dry washer and then panned the tailings and found some big flakes. What I'm I doing wrong I'm digging dirt on a mountain and classify it down to 1/4 inch and pack it down to the river and run it in my high banker. I was hoping to use the dry washer on the mountain to save me some trips up and down the mountain.  I...
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by  ROBERT MARTINEZJump to last post
14 Nov 2017 12:02 PM
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