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CRAPY CLAMES NO GOLD BUT ALLWAS GET THE BILL
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DANIEL STRANTZ
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18 May 2017 07:12 AM
I worked a small wash that had been vacuumed down to bedrock. I took my small hand sledgehammer and cracked the top layer of bedrock for about 50 ft and vacuumed and found just over 8 gram's. There were large flakes and several pickers. So if an area looks worked do a little work to check it and you might be surprised.
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18 May 2017 09:02 AM
Posted By DANIEL STRANTZ on 18 May 2017 07:12 AM

I worked a small wash that had been vacuumed down to bedrock. I took my small hand sledgehammer and cracked the top layer of bedrock for about 50 ft and vacuumed and found just over 8 gram's. There were large flakes and several pickers. So if an area looks worked do a little work to check it and you might be surprised.


SHH, lol

Michael Brooks
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26 May 2017 09:25 PM

I like to see these kind of comments to remind people that it takes a lot of practice and research to make it work. I've been prospecting for a long time and telling people that it is a technique that just needs to be refined. I'm not a rich man but i love the outdoors, it feels good to see color in your pan or slouch. Its even a better feeling when you teach someone what you have learned and you get the opportunity to pass it on to someone else.

Michael Brooks
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26 May 2017 09:25 PM

I like to see these kind of comments to remind people that it takes a lot of practice and research to make it work. I've been prospecting for a long time and telling people that it is a technique that just needs to be refined. I'm not a rich man but i love the outdoors, it feels good to see color in your pan or slouch. Its even a better feeling when you teach someone what you have learned and you get the opportunity to pass it on to someone else.

Joseph Loyd
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28 May 2017 07:15 PM
Micheal so well said as I do go to outing to try and help people learn what to do .I will be at Burnt river and Blue bucket doing just that .Any and all can come and join in .Just make an outing .Have worked at Stanton and Scot river outings.
DON FERGUSON
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29 May 2017 04:23 PM
DON FERGUSON
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29 May 2017 04:25 PM

 

I have found gold on our claims. It took me a few years to develop the skills but its ther. Tried to post a pic but terrible interface for that

Clark Mossman
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30 May 2017 11:27 PM
Mighty fine!
ARTHUR PEARSON
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07 Jun 2017 10:36 AM
Study,study and study some more. Also accept the fact that the entire United States has been mined extensively in the past. I prospect nm , dry desert conditions. I have had good results following advice I have read from Australian prospectors.
Frank Orozco
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15 Jun 2017 03:17 PM

I'm a new member and new to gold prospecting and on each outing I have done I have found gold. Not sure what the people are complaining about. sounds like they either are not digging in the right spots and need more experience to learn that. Or they method they are using to catch the gold is not working for them. I have gone out with the local Delta gold diggers chapter and all the people are friendly and again have always found gold. Glad I joined. 

FRED DICKINSON
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16 Jun 2017 03:26 PM

If your ever in AZ, look me up.  I find the gold on the GPAA claims and post pics constantly on facebook.  Best day was almost 3 grams.  My 14 year old son picked that spot.  Just have to know where to look.

FRED DICKINSON
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16 Jun 2017 03:26 PM

If your ever in AZ, look me up.  I find the gold on the GPAA claims and post pics constantly on facebook.  Best day was almost 3 grams.  My 14 year old son picked that spot.  Just have to know where to look.

Sal Guttuso
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18 Jun 2017 10:27 PM
Just spent a day on 3 different spots and found gold at all three. I am new at this.
Shane Edwards
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01 Aug 2017 01:46 PM
Holy Cow! I saw this post start almost a year ago and shortly after I got so busy with my Relic Hunting, I took a break from Gold until now, which I am back to, and it's hilarious to see the post still alive LOL
Russell Wiley
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14 Dec 2017 02:05 AM
I agree, the learning curve is steep. You can't just aimlessly dig holes and expect gold. I have read numerous books, listened to others on the forums, talked to people in person that are more than willing to show you spots, and worked my butt off to find the elusive metal. Many headaches and getting skunked at first. Now I can't imagine not prospecting. The first time you see that picker in your pan, you're hooked for life. Like Tim I'd hate to see you go especially when there are so many resources that can be used.
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17 Dec 2017 06:11 PM
I've been to a few in Oregon learned real quick if there is no gold in my sluce stop digging in that spot.
Gold is ware you find it, I've got 3 grams out of blue bucket but had to run 10 yards of dirt.
If you want easy maybe you should buy gold bags on line.
Mike Barbee
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20 Dec 2017 02:27 PM
Come to southern Arizona and I can take you to GPAA claims that have gold. You will however. have to dig, sweat and get filthy. But the gold is there.
Alan Smith
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20 Dec 2017 04:04 PM

 

Claims are different for sure.  I have done good at some and not so good at others.  One example that I was pleased with:  my last trip to LDMA claim (Blue Bucket in Oregon) resulted in four grams for five yards of dirt processed.  I am using Gold Hog mats.

Thomas Wentling
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23 Dec 2017 06:34 AM
I understand your frustration. Not everybody has the patients, it takes, to fine the elusive. My brother does not enjoy Geocaching, struggles with metal detecting and hide and go seek. The point is, he tried it. Maybe consider asking the locals if you can pan in their back yards. You don't have to mine on GPAA claims. I have found out that there are better places in each stream to mine. Those places get hit the most. May I suggest trying the not so obvious spots. You need to ask yourself. Has getting out and being in the country been enjoyable? Have others things like cows sneaking up on you or seeing deer fighting gone along with your adventure? If you are not happy with this hobby (which is all the more it is) then maybe it is time to sell your stuff and find another. No loss... at least you tried it. We wish you the best with your decision.
CHRISTOPHER SATKOWSKI
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25 Dec 2017 09:23 AM
As having had a few claims myself, I will tell you they can be as frustrating as the GPAA claims. If it were possible, I would be a full time miner and not working for someone else. For now, I just enjoy the outdoor adventure and the hunt, makes it well worth it. I'm in the process of prospecting and staking a new claim. It took me 8 months, but I now know the process to stake a claim, but this time I'm looking for one with gold in it in that can have potential for more.

I'm not in southern AZ, but I'm in central AZ and I will say the gold at those claims, if dry washing, you can find just enough color to make you come back for more. I'm rarely alone out there at this time of year,.
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19 Jan 2018 10:01 AM
learn the nature of the beast
I live in Black bear and lion country, always notice their markings and scat and often enough I see the critters themselves, however I know a few folks that live round here never laid eyes on either one. Course I imagine the only sign they know are the ones posted on the roadway, no offense to em they just be busy with a whole nuther category of life is all. If they slowed down and learned how to recognize these critters sign they would then be more aware of their presence and hence start seein em. You'd need to want to take the time to see em in the first place though.

Golds the same way I think. Slow down, then listen to and retain the wisdom offered from the experienced prospectors, study and keep studying everything about gold, and be willing to work,you will then find it. Its hard work, you need to love it, moving yards and yards of rock for some little shiny beautiful specks is no joke.Packing your equipment into remote areas can be dangerous.
For me I achieve a very pure joy, like nirvana, or a pure zen state, just watching material run through a sluice. When you are doing something you love the work part, at its worst, is just a grumpy friend.

Ifn I see a new prospector mired in frustration I will be more than happy,and in fact if asked, I'd be most obliged to help bring them back to the light.

The other side of the feather is to remember that prospecting for gold is not for everyone.

On a side note my favorite bill is my GPAA/LDMA bill, always happy to pay that one.
James Lenfers
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11 Feb 2018 06:48 AM
LOL, as a new member my confidence in a 108 dollars well spent after reading this comment is not improved, but the comments afterward are encouraging for the most part. I know I pretty much found even when I was decades younger and doing this very part time, the results were decent even on the most heavily worked old claims. Even in Oregon where the Chinese had hydrauliced the hillsides to death, you could still find good pockets. By good I mean you were working yourself like crazy all day to get 15 dollars worth of gold. But it was also 75 dollars an ounce back then. So you're not getting rich, but multiply that about 15 times and that shabby 15 dollars a day would be about 225 in gold today. Pretty good return on a healthy hobby in a healthy environment.

I would somewhat find it hard to believe that GPAA claims are so bad that if a person really knew what they were doing they do worse then the heavily worked over areas I would go into. But I guess I will find out first hand. I think the access on these National Clubs is quite cheap if you're paying all membership fees with the return of a few days worth of serious mining.
Terrance Cieszki
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10 Mar 2018 02:09 PM
40 GPAA claims..... 8 LDMA..... 10 years...... no gold, yet paying for the privilege. I would be too embarrassed to say so and just perfect my technique instead. ╦╦Ç
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12 Mar 2018 07:15 AM
It all comes down to are you doing it right? That many Claims says, you have no clue. Join a chapter and go to a few outings and see if your recovery picks up.
Joseph Loyd
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12 Mar 2018 07:55 PM

you said that right tim as i have failed to find gold .not going to get rich.but gold found

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