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GREGORY BUSHEY
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13 Feb 2020 11:50 AM
I originally joined this organization back in 2013 with the exception of the reading on line and at that time they were TV shows that showed a lot but the majority of what I learned how to find claims how to find a place to dig how to dig how to pan so on and so forth right from scratch there was not a single person on that claim that wasn’t willing to help most of the time walking over just because I had a confused look on my face they are that helpful go to A claim, find someone that’s already there ask questions worse thing that can happen is a lot better than what you’re going through now someone may say “I’m busy ask someone else or come back in 30 minutes”
Michael Welch
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14 Feb 2020 02:56 PM
Rick,

If you are going to metal detect for gold make sure you practice, practice, practice of what to listen for with your metal detector. Gold will sound different than other metals, and knowing exactly what to listen for will save you hours of wasted energy on trash.

Mike
Michael Parramore
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14 Feb 2020 05:05 PM
Join a local gpaa club. That's what I did and man have I met some awesome people.
Angel Wood
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18 Feb 2020 10:40 AM
I can understand your frustration, When my wife and I first started this, we didn't know what we were doing.. a third of the time we still don't ( lol ). however, we have been members of our Local chapter, met a lot of Helpful people who have taught us a lot. we find that a lot of claims online aren't updated as much as we would like either, but with the tight group of friends we've made word of mouth spreads kind of fast. Look up your local chapters, for group outings, meetings, events etc etc, meet people don't be afraid to ask questions.
Andrew Sinkewicz
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28 Feb 2020 05:14 PM
I am brand new at panning and a brand new GPAA member. I am using GPAA as a tool. I am not interested in joining a chapter or going to events. I use it to help my technique and to seek advice. I was lucky enough to find some flour gold and a small small flake my first time out. I was spoiled. I since have not found any. But its fun just to hike around, sit next to a stream, pan a little and be one with nature. I do NOT plan on getting rich. If I find a “picker” I will be happier than a Pig in Mud.....lol

PS- TV is entertainment ONLY!! They get paid to produce ratings. No drama = no ratings = no watchers = no money. Why would a real miner go on TV? same reason people sell “paydirt”. To supplement what panning cant provide.

***they are washing 500 yards an hour and walk away with only 100,000$ in gold!?**** (Real/Fake?) So how much dirt are YOU panning an hour?

My 2 cents...;)
Jerry White
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01 Mar 2020 10:29 AM
most site have been pick over so bad that you have to wait for flood gold to find a flake as a member I will not be advancing to LDMA to the fact that the sites are way over picked I feel so duped by this site.
Cynthia Carver
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01 Mar 2020 02:50 PM
I've been a member off and on since 2009. This year I became immersed in prospecting. Also, my first year of really finding anything worth telling tall tales about :) If you aren't the type of person to do things alone and want to do group adventures, then recruit some friends to do this with you. I notice you haven't responded to many of the posts. I hope you find this hobby to your liking. It falls short for many folks who are hoping for fast riches.

In my first year, I joined the state chapter. Those folks were very helpful in teaching me how to pan. They were using sluices and such but I wasn't ready to invest in more equipment. I was armed with my green pan, a kitchen sifter to classify :-) and a buck knife to dig in crevices and loosen the dirt. Things have changed and I'm looking for my next piece of equipment. I know what I want and that's the beginning of expanding the hobby. With classifiers that fit in the buckets and a couple of green pans, I'm ready to hunt for the shiny.

Decide what you really want out of the hobby before complaining newbies suffer. This newbie doesn't feel as if she has suffered, it's one big adventure.

PS: after checking, he hasn't responded to any of the advice offered. Shame on him.
Bill McCoy
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01 Mar 2020 03:36 PM
Well said Cynthia!
Lone Pine, CA
John Chase
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01 Mar 2020 08:05 PM
I’ve worked picked over sites since 1970 most people don’t know geology and not what to look for. I’ve never been disappointed.
Andrew Sinkewicz
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02 Mar 2020 12:38 AM
You know what they say, “Gold is where you find it!”
KEN FLOOD
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02 Mar 2020 12:11 PM
Greg,
I'm reaching out to you and everyone else on here.
1. 864 944-8325. This phone number will get you all the information you need concerning gold mining.
2. Updated Information on gold in SC. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1303356383142385/
3. What is happening, Events, National Outings, Camp Happenings - https://www.facebook.com/oconeegold/
4. Gold History - https://youtu.be/tCf3KwkW63c
5. Gold Bearing Material Is Waiting To Be Run - https://youtu.be/k-yurLuhwPA

I don't understand when you say there is no help or guide. I have been here at Oconee Gold Mine for over 2 years helping and guiding fellow miners. I even post on the Oconee forum page things happening here. Oconee Gold Mine has a busy 2020 Gold Season with something going on every week starting in April. Fish Fry, Spaghetti Dinners, Meet and Greet Socials, Pancake Breakfasts, Dig Parties, Detector Hunts, Stream Digs and 2 huge events which you should have received an email on. The Gold N BBQ Event on April 16 - 19 and Diggers Dirt Party on October 6 - 11.

I have given you plenty of information that I have posted all over the internet, including the forum here. What you do with the information is up to you but if you're wanting to learn, have fun, meet great people, find gold and more then I suggest you make the call and book your site. When you call, provide this code OCONEE20 and get your 3rd night of camping FREE. Offer expires 3/31/20
John Chase
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02 Mar 2020 12:31 PM
Greg, I've been prospecting probably since 1970 and I've learned that most folks want the gold but many aren't willing to learn the dirt. They just want to walk out and pick shiny things off the ground and when that fails someone else has to be at fault. Usually this happens after they spend big bucks on equipment and memberships with very little budgeted for books and classes.
Michael Welch
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02 Mar 2020 02:05 PM
Isn’t that always the case? Lots of people want success but aren’t willing to put in the effort to get there.

I’m not criticizing anyone on this site, I’m just agreeing with a basic observation.

“I was lucky all my life.” “The harder I worked, the luckier I got.”
Ricky Adams
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02 Mar 2020 04:20 PM
Hi Cindy, good post !!! This is my first time as I got a 3yr membership for Christmas from my Honey Buns LOL. I have found nothing but help in this community, as long as you want it !! The forum here is very helpful as long as "you search" what you are looking for, and if you do not see what you need, someone will contact you to help get you the info that you need.
As "most" people should know and understand is that closed forums like this one will be much slower to obtain your answers as most everyone joins FB pages which are of course more active than the old type forums.

I could ramble on and on LOL, but I will not! :) ... I just wanted to let you along with the other positive posters on this topic that "us new members" are not suffering, and if they are, they are doing something wrong,,, IMO anyways. Love it here!!!!
Ricky Adams
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02 Mar 2020 04:21 PM
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Posted By Michael Welch on 02 Mar 2020 02:05 PM
Isn’t that always the case? Lots of people want success but aren’t willing to put in the effort to get there.

I’m not criticizing anyone on this site, I’m just agreeing with a basic observation.

“I was lucky all my life.” “The harder I worked, the luckier I got.”
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I totally agree!
Ricky Adams
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02 Mar 2020 04:25 PM
Thank you so much for the information you just posted !! This is why I "Love" this community, if you talk and act positive people like you knock my doors down with info. Just wanted to pass the flowers onto you Ken :)
KEN FLOOD
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03 Mar 2020 12:52 PM
Thanks Ricky!
I will be sure to post more info on our Oconee Camp forum page. I try to post events and happening at the camp on here since some members do not use FB or other social media to keep our members informed of the great things happening at Oconee.
James Martin
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07 Mar 2020 03:57 PM
To me this is a recreational pastime involving getting out and exploring. This is not about getting rich.

However I believe that my membership should be going to purchase more gold bearing claims so I have more places to go. If this organization is spending more than 25% of its incoming money on administration then something is amiss.

I just got done visiting the Phoenix Gold Show. I was surprised how small it was. Still a lot of fun though. Should be visiting the one in Butte too.

Thanks!
JERRY PEREZ
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08 Mar 2020 01:16 AM
100% agree I have been inactive for about a little over a year and a half and came back and was excited to come back to GPA only to find out at The farms are just as lame as ever I might call to get a refund back cuz this is just plain old nonsense might as well join a local prospecting club
JERRY PEREZ
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08 Mar 2020 01:17 AM
100% agree I have been inactive for about a little over a year and a half and came back and was excited to come back to GPA only to find out at The forums the same and lame as ever I might call to get a refund back cuz this is just plain old nonsense might as well join a local prospecting club
Cynthia Carver
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12 Mar 2020 09:39 PM
Wow Jerry, maybe you should get a refund. With your being inactive for over eighteen months and still unhappy, definitely you should ask for a refund and find a better club to hang out with.
Tom Riley
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13 Mar 2020 01:10 PM
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Posted By Chad Snyder on 02 Jan 2020 12:38 AM
As a person who has literally only ever panned a single pan of dirt, I come armed to the teeth with knowledge about gold prospecting, claim laws, how to stake a claim, your rights as an claimant, geology, history, panning techniques (blueberry bounce) for you old timers, how to search for claims on LR2000, how to find claims on google earth, townships. And a lot more!! This is the kind of knowledge and dedication it takes man, gold mining isn’t easy if it was every dog would be out there getting that shiny! Watch the YouTube channel Askjeffwilliams and you will learn more than enough to go diggin in the hills. If you want to know a specific thing all you have to do is ask, just don’t ask where the gold is because people will just laugh. So get off your hinny and find that shinny!
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Perfect !
Jeff Walsh
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18 Mar 2020 01:11 PM
Greg im from Michigan too my friend and I are members me ldma and my friend gpaa . I come on here to pay dues and just to see whats up if anything new we haven't been able to do much with groups in many years now . when we first got into it the mi chapter had a little outing in west branch at a gravel pit my friend lives near there so I called him up and made the trip out there we met many a lot of great people and gave us so much info im sure we forgot most few years back we went to the Athens camp had a great time and the caretaker there at the time helped us out a lot more we take at least our pans with us everywhere and keep our eyes open if we have the time it does not matter if its the side of road river or a small pit somewhere we take a look even our fishing trips never hurts to look when and where you can its been a few years sence we have been able to do anything j so hell or high water we have planed to get back to Athens this year in short see what the Michigan chapter is doing and try to get on an outing with them the people are great and are willing to teach we are still greenhorns but love to keep trying to get that shinny stuff and when you can start to find here in my you can find anywhere

your friend
happy
Steven Boesch
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23 Mar 2020 03:49 PM
I signed up over a year ago to hopefully meet some others with similar interest and access to the GPAA claims.

I have not met any other members but I have not attended any meetings or reached out to any local chapters, so that one is on me. I do not expect to have anyone point and say dig here but I would like to talk methods, equipment, share ideas talk about the different GPAA claims, events and chapters as well as the possibility of creating creative and interesting solutions that benefit us all.

I have visited the closest GPAA claim "Homack #1, 2 & 3 - Clear Creek" twice and found it very confusing. I plotted the claim on my map but could find no markers when I got there so I wasn't sure I was truly in the right location the first time. On my second trip I was much more assured of my location but again could find no markers, they might be there but I couldn't find any trace. Are GPAA claims marked? I understand the philosophy of not marking a claim, kind of says "look here!" Any advice?

I am also looking for feedback on the Arkansas river GPAA claim in Colorado- Any would be helpful, thanks! Planning on a trip soon. I was up this year already in my favorite spot in mid-march, trying out my Keene Grizzly Sluice, still need to pan my cons but it was a beautiful day for washing dirt! WooHoo, Happy Hunting all in 2020!

Hopefully get to meet some of you on the river!
Rick Thomason
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23 Mar 2020 06:27 PM
I'm in Fla and I love Lone Pine. Did/do some acting in LA and regular go/went to Ala Hills where my western heros filmed. I didn't know there was Gold in them thare Ala Hills. Really? I haven't seen a claim around there. Do you have a club?
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