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Last Post 03 Jan 2017 12:49 PM by  DAVID WEBSTER
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Todd Studer
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01 Jan 2017 11:02 AM
    Hi just recently retired and getting into prospecting, looking to pan and sluice in nevada and california in the spring when its still winter here in Saskatchewan.

    Does anyone know if i would have any problems crossing the border from canada into the usa with my pan, sluice, metal detector, hand trommel etc, all recreational level equipment. I have heard us border services can be sticky about activities that could possibly be classified as work rather than recreational.

    Also If anyone can recommend any good locations to check out between reno nv and sacramento ca it would be appreciated

    Looking forward to retirement exploring the warm southern states! Thanks for your help

    Cheers and happy new year!

    Todd
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    01 Jan 2017 11:40 AM
    Hi Todd,
    Welcome. You should have no issues bringing your equipment with you across the border. If you were questioned about your equipment, a reply that you are a recreational prospector should be enough. Unless some border agent is a liberal wacko environmentalist supporter, then he might try to intimidate you. But I highly doubt that would happen. I am assuming that you would be driving down along Interstae 80 from the north? The GPAA has a claim in or off the Wadsworth exit about 15 miles out from Reno. I never been on out, planning to in the near future, but its in a good gold area. You can also stop at Rye Patch on your way too. I hang out there quite a bit, easy ground to hunt, and never have an issue with people trying to spoil your day....cause you usually see no one.
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    01 Jan 2017 02:13 PM
    Thanks Leo that is very helpful, hope i get a nice border agent l. Ill look up both the claims at Wadsworth and Rye patch and make sure to check them out, cheers
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    01 Jan 2017 02:27 PM

    If you still have them, receipts for the bigger $ items might be worthwhile to have.  Proof you bought them up there, and not get hit with duty fees coming back into Canada.

    Welcome to the madness, and find some gold down here.  Post up when and where, and members might be able to meet up for some prospecting, and be sure to check out the chapters in the areas you will be in via their contact people.

    ADAM ANDREWS
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    01 Jan 2017 07:17 PM

       Try Roaring Camp, that looks like fun. If you're into spending money, they supply a high banker and for $300 they dump a giant pile of paydirt right there. They have a cool custom gold pan too. You can sluice on your own for $0 + the admission. It's a day, or 3 days, or a week with a Saturday night steak dinner.

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    01 Jan 2017 08:51 PM

    Todd, Rye Patch doesnt have any GPAA claims....but you dont need to be on one anyway. That place is so open, there are lots of places to go. There are private claims throughout the area, check on Mine Cache for a good research tool. Wadsworth is the only GPAA claims I think in that area of Nevada. I meet people out near Rye Patch coming from California, because it is much easier to hunt, with less BS to worry about.

    Adam is right on with the Roaring Camp. I will be going there late spring or early summer for a whole week. I am still trying to rustle up someone to go too. I won a free week there for 2 people.

    If you hunt near Rye Patch, there is a lot and I mean alot of open land to hunt on north of Rye Patch which has very few claims.

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    02 Jan 2017 03:53 PM
    I will have to check out the mine cache system. In canada there are public panning locations that map directly to google earth it works pretty slick, anything similar in the us? I used to use paper maps but have gone totally electronic now. Does the gpaa 2014 guide still paperbased or is it electronic now? Thx guys for the tips and trip ideas much appreciated!
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    02 Jan 2017 03:56 PM
    I will have to check out the mine cache system. In canada there are public panning locations that map directly to google earth it works pretty slick, anything similar in the us? I used to use paper maps but have gone totally electronic now. Does the gpaa 2014 guide still paperbased or is it electronic now? Thx guys for the tips and trip ideas much appreciated!
    tom glenn
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    02 Jan 2017 04:04 PM

     

    Most all of northern Washoe is open north of Wadsworth except the reservation. lots of neat stuff out there and there is  a lot of gold but mostly fine and micro but there has got to be nuggets somewhere. We tramp that part of the country about half the year till the snakes come out or it gets to hot. Don't let anyone try to sell you a claim in the US if your not a citizen, against the law and there are some scam artist that don't tell you that. Welcome and have fun, its beautiful country in the high desert. Tom

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    03 Jan 2017 12:49 PM

     Helo Todd . OLD Member of  GPAA ALSO CANADIAN. NICE TO SEE OTHER CANAIANS JOINING THIS WONDERFULL GROUP OF  GPAA. I M MOT  REALEY COMPUTER FRIENDLY BUT WILL DOE MY BEST. BEEN  A MEMBER FOR ABOUT 30 YEARS  WOULD LIKE TO HERE WANT YOUR PLAINS ARE AND SHARE A STOREY OUR TWO. HOPE YOU WILL REPLY, WELCOME TO THE FRIEDLY RESPECFULL GROUP  KNOWN AS THE GPAA. DAVE  WEBSTER LINDSAY ONT CAN. 1 705 878 0430.

     

     

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