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ARIZONA PROSPECTING
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DENNIS JANKA
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22 Feb 2015 11:37 AM

    hi 2 dogs here i'm from montana and planing a trip this fall to Arizona never did any desert mining or prospecting and help on areas to prospect would be greatly appreciated ..

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    22 Feb 2015 08:05 PM
    Watch some Ask Jeff Williams video on youtube. Guy is great for not narrating a long time wasting time and if it is non informative time it is entertaining.
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    22 Feb 2015 09:51 PM
    Ask Jeff Williams...gee that guy is great at what he does. I really like the videos and like you said, somewhat entertaining. These should be watched by anyone with an interest in prospecting.
    DENNIS JANKA
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    23 Feb 2015 10:00 AM
    thanks guys i've watched just about all of jeff videos. but i still need an area to prospect in are any of the gpaa claims any good ?? i'll have about 2 or 3 weeks in arizona so traveling around different areas not a big deal.
    Keith Ress
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    06 Mar 2015 09:49 PM
    Has anyone worked the Outback Claim in Pinal County?
    JOHN LEAHY
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    07 Mar 2015 10:21 AM
    i am also going to az. in june and am headed to the gpaa claim soldier boy and doublej.j. group 

     any advice

      is there a group that i should head to that will be better for first time dry panning.

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    20 Mar 2015 07:33 AM
    You might consider joining up with the "Desert Gold Diggers" club out of Tucson. They have quite a few claims south of Tucson and their claims butt up against most of the GPAA claims listed in the claim guide. This gives you quite a large area to play in. They are a nice bunch and the membership is only $25. They have a website so you can take a look at the club.
    DENNIS JANKA
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    20 Mar 2015 09:11 AM
    thanks for the help stephen if you ever get to montana let me know our claims are always open to you
    JOHN LEAHY
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    20 Mar 2015 09:24 AM
    yes thank you and i will look up there web site
    Keith Ress
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    25 Mar 2015 04:29 PM

    I joined the Desert Gold Diggers in July of 2014 and the membership was $50 I'm a little disappointed in them.   I never got all the maps to claims and no one will help me learn about this hobby. they have a "buddy book"   I put my name in several times with no one contacting me.  I used their Face Book Page and still no response.   I went to the meetings and asked why some of the claims have wrong GPS information and sent me to someone front yard (BRUSER #1 and 2)  and I'm not the only one that has the same problem.  the only answer is I got a bad book of claims and it changed. On some of the outings I didn't have claim info or maps so I couldn't go  I have called them several times to get info  with no phone call back.  only one person called me Bill Ward and he was very helpful. in getting me all the maps and correct GPS info.   this is why I joined the GPAA.  Yes they are a nice bunch of people. I went to the Tucson GPAA chapter and the room had a few Desert Gold Diggers that have had the same unpleasant experience I had and quit. I was told to give them another chance to correct things.....So I will see.

     

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    06 Apr 2015 09:15 AM
    Hey Dennis I get to Montana from time to time hunting and would like to do a little prospecting, what part of the state are you in ? and if it is anywhere near where I go would you mind showing me around a bit ?
    DENNIS JANKA
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    06 Apr 2015 09:25 AM
    hay trent i'm in the eastern side of the state about 45 miles west of miles city. my mining crew and me have 2 claims in phillips county north east side of state about 50 miles west of malta. in june we're planning a prospecting trip to try a new area in the little green mountains. last fall look promising .. whens your next trip to montana ???
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    06 Apr 2015 12:16 PM
    Dennis I kind of thought you might be way over there, I will likely be up in the Thompson Falls area bear hunting/etc in mid May. It would be sweet to hook up with some people like you to learn all I can. Im in Utah and there is not many people here it seems. I met an old boy that owns a small mining shop in SLC here told me of a club in Ogden that I am going to check out soon. I have been a member for a couple of years and have been to Idaho a couple times, and it is about time this year to get out more.
    DENNIS JANKA
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    06 Apr 2015 12:28 PM
    Trent since you'll be in montana mid may the billing chapter of the GPAA has a big dig memorial day weekend fri,sat, sun leave mon.afternoon. i've been to quite a few.a lot of fun and a great bunch of people... you won't need any prospecting equipment the club supplies it all. below is a web site for the club and the dig

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    gpaa.org/billing chapter then click on the link big dig everything you need to know will be there.
    JOHN LEAHY
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    09 Apr 2015 12:56 PM

    Dennis.. what kind of claims do you have and what do you find. i like to travel to new areas. have sluice dredge and dry puffer.

    Keith Ress
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    09 Apr 2015 01:28 PM
    Anyone in the Florence, Casa Grande area ?? I'm looking for a group to go find color with.
    DENNIS JANKA
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    10 Apr 2015 10:35 AM
    john i have two placer claims in the northeast part of montana. both are on BLM land one is in the little green mountains northwest of malt MT. the other is in white horse cannon in the little rockies north of Zortman.
    during spring run off the water is great for our 2 1/2 dredge water runs all year but best in spring. like most claims we find pickers down to flour gold. each year is a crap shoot on the road to one claim wash outs and dead fall. let me when your going to be in montana maybe we can hook up

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    11 Apr 2015 11:46 AM
    dennis. i am interested in making a trip almost any time in the next month. i have family in billings but would only make the trip to play....
    contact me and i would like to talk more. jlsupply@yahoo.com 970-620-1374
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    11 Apr 2015 12:41 PM
    john we mostly have snow till end of mayish in the mountains we are about 5000 ft. but since you have family in billing here is a web site of a GPAA chapter in billing www.gpaa.org/billing chapter they have a big dig memorial day weekend been to quite a few of them great bunch of guys. the big dig is on the web site with info and pictures from the last few years. it's in Zortman mt. on the kala claim on aulder gulch. it's open to none members and there family... so check it out if you get a chance to go maybe i'll see you there.???? as soon as our mining crew puts a mining plan together for this year i'll E-MAIL you.. should be in the next week.
    well now you have something to think about
    JOHN LEAHY
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    11 Apr 2015 04:53 PM

    thanks for the info.  i grew up at 10,000 ft and we start runoff around mid April to may. memorial day may be to close to our trip to Arizona but will take a look at it. i spent my youth prospecting around leadville co. but co regulations have made it hard. 

    PAUL PRAAST
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    11 Apr 2015 09:31 PM
    Hi John, Paul here I myself will be participating in the dig at Zortman memorial weekend for the 1st time, I also live in Billings,Mt. Hope to meet some new prospectors.
    DENNIS JANKA
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    12 Apr 2015 11:23 AM
    paul 2 dogs here do you belong to the billings chapter ???? you'll have a great time. remember they run the big dig rain snow or sun shine... so bring boots rain gear and a jacket.... also a 5 gal. bucket and a shovel...
    have you made arrangements for a place to stay ???? if not contact kandi at the zortman motel 1-406-673-3160 they also run the camp grounds.... wouldn't wait much longer cuz it fills up fast... you can also stay past the big dig weekend and prospect on your own on johns claim (kandis husband ) no extra charge..... anyway have a good time. this year our mining crew will use the camp grounds as base camp... found some interesting ground last fall that they want to check out. so maybe we'll see ya there.
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    13 Apr 2015 06:39 PM
    Dennis, do I have to join the local Billings chapter to participate in the memorial weekend dig and do I have to sign up for dig before that weekend? thanks Paul.
    DENNIS JANKA
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    14 Apr 2015 07:44 AM
    hay paul... no you don't have to be a member to go to the dig. you can wait till you get there to register for the dig, BUT remember camping and motel room sometimes is limited depends on the amount of people. Zortman is a very small town about 50 people. there is a cafe, bar, gas station/grocery store and a post office... that's it the gulch you'll be digging on should be good this year they had a lot of snow about 2 weeks ago they go 8 inches. the old pegasus mine that closed in 2000 sits right above the gulch so gold does come down the gulch. if your thinking of going i'd call kandi at the motel make a res. then if you can't make it call her 7-10 days before the dig and cancel that way you'll be covered... hope that helps
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    03 Aug 2015 06:25 PM
    Does anyone know why the BLM closed the Outback Gold claim in Pinal County?
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