Posted By Robert Murata
on 03 Aug 2019 01:59 PM
I use the diggings website to locate old claims and new claims in gold bearing areas. All the same info is there
Claim information can change daily. New claims can be filed with the county any weekday. When I've filed with the county, it did not immediately enter their online data base and took a coupe of weeks to appear. Claims are most likely only closed or dropped when the BLM updates their database after the September filings, but they occasionally close claims for reasons such as someone filed a 160 acre claim, but only paid the 20 acre fee.
When prospecting new claims, I'll check my land matters for BLM date, and then go back in the country records up to a month. Filing a claim in the county opens it, and then the paperwork must be immediately done with the BLM, and once fees are stop being paid or the small miners waiver is not filed, then the BLM drops the claim. When paying an annual claim fee, you need not file anything with the county, so a county will have no record of a claim being closed.
I've done everything correctly, went out to the site, and found someone else there saying he filed paperwork. I believed him and left, but turns out he was a little less than honest to get me off the claim. Next time, I will have someone show me the paperwork. There's usually at least 40 hours of work that goes into finding an area before I put boots on the ground to actually prospect.