With gold being as expensive as it is, it doesn't take much color to add up to a nice chunk of change... Of course there are. Some of these guys u see on claims with rv's do just that. Next time u see an old beat up rv, go talk to the person and they'll more than likely be more than helpful,and point u in the right direction for color. Of course if its a new $150,000 rv they are probably vacationing or u took,a wrong turn somewhere and are on a private claim. There's $ to be made if one is willing to do a lot of hard work, and u r in a good area. The down side is, it usually requires expelling a lot of $ for proper equipment and finding the right area. So, one can expect to be frustrated from time to time. Research is the key to prospecting. Claim A does not have the same amount of gold as claim B. if u r looking for big gold, u improve your odds of finding it, if your on a claim where big gold has been found in the past. Even during the gold rushes, most people packed up there bags and went home broke. A lot of prospectors it's just a hobby. I wouldn't quit my day job just yet! But, i would and will once I find an area that I can find at least 2 oz's a week. Most of the miners I've met on the claims get about 5 grams a week. That's only about $168 a week at getting 80% of gold spot price.
probably enough to pay for fuel for their machines and a ramien noodle diet. 2 oz's a week translates to $2080 a week at 80% of spot. I'd be good with that. Then again, it's all about the person. These guys making $168 a week maybe good with that, but I'm sure would love more.