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Detecting In Arizona
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Thomas Fowlkes
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05 Feb 2017 06:13 PM
About 4 weeks away ( 2 Mar) from going to phoenix, AZ. Anybody know of good places to detect?
Scott Brooks
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05 Feb 2017 06:57 PM
Posted By Bob Clark on 31 Jan 2017 03:53 PM

 

I mark everything in Google Earth, best spots stay on the GPS



Since you mentioned it what gps are you using? why?  Is there a thread out there already?
DENNIS KAHRS
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08 Feb 2017 07:06 PM

 

Alex,

 

On the West side of the Double J claims over East of Prescott last winter and so far this winter there have been over 50 nuggets found (nothing real big).  Only a couple inches deep.  Stay out of the dry wash bottoms and work the sides of the slopes.  Heavy brush makes for a lot of work though.  

 

 

 

Bob Clark
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10 Feb 2017 05:50 PM
Posted By Scott Brooks on 05 Feb 2017 06:57 PM
Posted By Bob Clark on 31 Jan 2017 03:53 PM

 

I mark everything in Google Earth, best spots stay on the GPS



Since you mentioned it what gps are you using? why?  Is there a thread out there already?
I use a Garmin Oregon 600. My memory sucks, every spot looks like the last spot, If I find an area I like I weather it is drywashing or metal detecting, I mark it with the GPS. I mark all claims that I have or will visit in google earth, pinpoint locations I like ,transfer the locations to the GPS so they are easier to find. Otherwise it is a needle in a haystack.
With most claims 40 - 360 acres try to find a 10 x 10 foot patch you were at a year  ago.


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13 Feb 2017 06:40 PM

 

Hello Dennis, 

 

 I was curious, you mentioned 50 nuggets found on the Double J claims,---Have you actually found some of these???, or are you going by "hearsay" from others??   I have hunted that area in the past a couple of times without good results due to the heavy brush, and have sort of avoided it since.   Gary

DENNIS KAHRS
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13 Feb 2017 09:12 PM

Gary,

I have found part of them and was present when several others were found.  You mentioned the heavy brush, that is where the nuggets are.  It takes a lot of work but you can remove some of the dead brush and search.  The area most of them came from has pretty much been cleaned out but I'm confident that there are other areas out there that will produce nuggets.  Just have to spend the time to find the spots.  We have also had great luck dry washing for flakes throughout all the claims in that area.  If I was staying in that area again this year, I would be in there detecting and dry washing (moisture permitting) every day.  I'm camping down by Quartzsite this winter and am struggling to find a good place to prospect and detect in this area.

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14 Feb 2017 08:48 AM

 

Thanks Dennis,  I might venture out that way before the summer heat hits us and see if I can find a spot or two.  Are they mostly along the banks of the wash, or higher up on the ridges??  Normally I am a bottom (wash bed) detectorist, so working under the scrub brush will be new to me.  When you where finding the nuggets, did you ever find a pattern or line of nuggets to follow to try to find their source?  I do that often in washes and many times track down the source of where they are actually coming from (which in some cases leads to a patch or pocket). 

 

As for Quartzsite, I haven't ever detected there, but you might try contacting Chris Gholson at the Arizona Outback Gold Forum, and / or Bill Southern at the Nugget Finder Gold Forum.  These are their own forums, and I think that both have hunted the Quartzsite area many times and would know where to suggest you try.  I know Chris definitely has.  Thanks Again.  Gary 

ROBERT WITKOWSKI
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17 Feb 2017 04:19 PM

hey alex - newbie here, itching to get out to aravca area - pretty close by to me.  great question, been thinking along the same line as you and many responses to  you. Hoping to get more involved with local chapter - perhaps we will meet soon. 

 

 

Gary Michael
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22 Feb 2017 06:56 PM

 

Hey Dennis,

 

I went out to the area on the Double J yesterday for a couple of hours for a look-see.  Man, that area is Thick in buck brush and manzanita.  You talk about an area difficult (if not impossible) to walk thru without a struggle, this is it!!!  The wash has really been hammered to death by past diggers in search of the yellow.  I attempted to detect up on the sides  of the slopping hillsides without luck.  Question for you:  When you (and others) where finding the nuggets where they found in the lower-bank along the wash (as there where many areas dug out along the bank), or up higher on the hillsides, or tops of the hills???  I found a couple of areas along the upper hillsides where there had been small areas opened up (cleared of brush) in amongst the thick brush, sort of like paths made to get to the tops.  I also couldn't do any detecting while I was right under the overhead power lines do the EMI.  Gary  

DENNIS KAHRS
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22 Feb 2017 08:05 PM

Gary,

 

If you are still up tonight, give me a call at 7193201877 if you would like. Do you live locally here? What type of detector are you using?  Sounds like you were in the correct area. This year, we have found a couple nuggets in the dry wash, but previously we found them up higher. If you found the areas where the old dead brush was moved out of the way, you were in the right areas.  I forgot to tell you about the EMI with the power lines above.

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23 Feb 2017 07:19 AM

 

Hey Gary, we live nearby and are thinking about going to Double J or Soldier Boy this coming Saturday. How is the road in? Any muddy spots or big puddles?  -----------------Chris                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

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23 Feb 2017 09:45 AM

 

Dennis,

 

Yes, I live in the Prescott Valley area and have for many years, as I was born and raised in Prescott (one of the few natives still here).  I run a Minelab GP-3000, and in that thick pain-in-the-butt buck brush I use a Coilteck Joey (very hot) Elliptical coil.  Due to the last couple of days of rain we had over here the washes are no longer dry.  This wash running thru the Double J is very wet, muddy, and the dug-out parts of the wash are full of water that pooled in them.  The wash that merges with the Double J wash (south of it) is actually running with a steady flow of water.  As for dead brush, I really couldn't tell if the brush had been removed (I couldn't find any dead brush just laying around the area), or if someone had just cleared a walking trail up the side of the little hillside to get to the top??  I was upstream of the power lines due to the excessive EMI when I found these semi-cleared-out brush areas.

 

 

 

 

Christine Gold, 

 

I was only on the Double J claim the other day, so I don't know what kind of road conditions you would be facing going into the other claim.  And I went in thru the Green gate just off of Hwy 69, then cut up thru the old railroad cut, and then right onto a dirt road on up over the hill, and then left at the power line down to the Double J where the two washes merge.  This dirt road is pretty much all exposed bedrock, so no muddy patches, nor issues.  ...Gary

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27 Feb 2017 10:21 AM
Posted By Bob Simons on 15 Jan 2017 09:50 PM

 

Which claim were you on down by Arivaca- Las Guijas Mts?



Near the Polaris Claim
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27 Feb 2017 10:23 AM
Posted By Frank Durham on 13 Dec 2016 08:22 AM
I'm currently in East Tucson , Very new to all of this.. But ready to learn and go out and have fun..

anyone in the area looking to teach someone a few things on finding gold .. I"m available

Hit me up .. if you'd like to go out and do some prospecting.. travel via UTV .. makes for a fun day


Maybe we can get together sometime and try our luck.  Ive had a ton of people helping me out over the past couple of years,  I would like to pay it forward and help out someone else.
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27 Feb 2017 10:25 AM
Posted By Bob Simons on 15 Jan 2017 09:54 PM

 

I'm in Tucson, also.  Where do you like to go? I have a high banker & a Gold Bug Pro.



After Finding a 2.9 Gram nugget near Greaterville and a 8.4 Gram Nugget in Polaris Claim,  I'm thinking those are my favorites,  I would like to go up north and detect in Prescott.
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27 Feb 2017 10:27 AM
Posted By ROBERT WITKOWSKI on 17 Feb 2017 04:19 PM

hey alex - newbie here, itching to get out to aravca area - pretty close by to me.  great question, been thinking along the same line as you and many responses to  you. Hoping to get more involved with local chapter - perhaps we will meet soon. 

 

I like meeting new people,  I am hoping to go to the GPAA meeting in Tucson this 3rd Wednesday in March

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30 Jul 2017 04:49 PM
Going to Phx in Aug only for 1 week .taking my detector and would like to do some detecting. I am GPAA . Going to Sedona, Cottonwood and can get over to Prescott. Where is the best area to try for a morning of fun. Is there a better area now that some rain is hitting these areas. I will only have a rental car not 4 x 4. My e mail is GMORK@ATT.NET. Sure would like some data , or ideas in the claims guide would help. GEM
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30 Jul 2017 04:50 PM
Going to Phx in Aug only for 1 week .taking my detector and would like to do some detecting. I am GPAA . Going to Sedona, Cottonwood and can get over to Prescott. Where is the best area to try for a morning of fun. Is there a better area now that some rain is hitting these areas. I will only have a rental car not 4 x 4. My e mail is GMORK@ATT.NET. Sure would like some data , or ideas in the claims guide would help. GEM
WALTER EASON
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02 Aug 2017 10:40 AM
Look into Soldier Boy claims and Congress Group (hot in summer)
Christine Gold
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03 Aug 2017 07:52 AM

The Prescott forest is closed due to the Goodwin fire so all the GPAA claim within the forest boundaries are closed. Both Soldier Boy and Double JJ are not open at this time. Congress should be open. Not sure about the gold there. Black Canyon group north should be open. Access is by 2WD. Once again, not sure about any gold there either. 

It's very hot out there! Early mornings are best. Stay hydrated. Don't want search and rescue coming to get you.

Good luck ---------------------------------

Chris 

Tim Leibel
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03 Aug 2017 08:02 AM
Call the caretakers at Stanton LDMA camp. I was told they have permission for GPAA members to use another members claims near camp. The claims added this year for LDMA members have been producing nice little nuggets. The nugget Kia Massie found on Gold Fever was from March on a LDMA claim near camp. I have seen others. And yes I will plug here, you can go to the outing in a November and have access to those other claims and the LDMA claims at the same time. Good Hunting all.
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03 Aug 2017 09:06 AM
Both Soldier Boy and Double JJ are not in the National Forest they are on the outside, just rechecked the National Forest clearing house GIS boundary layers. Thought there may have been a change, this is not to say that BLM may not have them closed due to fire but they are not under National Forest Service surface management.
KEVIN HOAGLAND
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04 Aug 2017 03:12 PM

After Finding a 2.9 Gram nugget near Greaterville and a 8.4 Gram Nugget in Polaris Claim,  I'm thinking those are my favorites,  I would like to go up north and detect in Prescott.
Excellent choice.... No reason to leave gold for gold, maybe. :-)

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04 Aug 2017 03:22 PM
Posted By LEO LORENZ on 16 Jan 2017 08:12 PM
Hmmm okayyyy.....but what number do you set the sensitivity to? When you say that you have not "figured out what the numbers represent" which numbers are you speaking about? There are numbers for the ground balance......when you first turn it on and have it in the air, there will be a number showing which represents the "ground reference" and bringing the coil closer to the ground, the ground reading will change,....and lifting or dropping the coil in reference to the ground will cause a sound to increase or decrease. But the sensitivity setting is independent of that. Usually a good target will register lower on the scale than the ground reference number, and if it is iron or something undesirable....the reading will go higher than the nominal ground balance setting. Wondering how you can use it if you are not familiar with the numbers??
Leo,  Please do not worry about where others are setting their detectors. It will change on a weekly/dally/hourly/minute  basis while you are in the field even in the same location. In your Mining Guide, read pages CU-24-30. It's designed to help you get the most out of your detector.
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04 Aug 2017 03:31 PM
Amazing to see this post still active!!!! There is a lot of good information coming out to get some people out and about!! Thanks for all of the knowledge being spread around. I am hoping to go to Prescott to prospect. Is there an estimate as to when the claims / roads will reopen?

Thank you
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