Listen carefully for the small signals
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My most successful prospecting on this claim both detecting and drywashing has been working the number of depressions located above the main wash channel and those that have small drainage's running through the depressions and those with water channels coming down the side walls of the depressions. My preferred areas for prospecting are in the NW section of the claim from the center point. These are easily seen using a topo map or programs like Google Earth or Google Maps in satellite view.
There are a lot of nuggets still to be found on these claims. Over the years I have taken quite a few with my biggest being 1/2ozt.
I have done a great deal of detecting on this claim and have had good luck in the past. I have not found any larger nuggets over the 1/2 oz piece. Generally the nuggets that I have found are in the 10 to 30 grain range. For the most part they are small chunky gold nuggets that have not traveled far in the northern section of the claim to smoother more traveled in the southern part of the claim.
Patience is the key for being successful with a detector, that and very slow swing speeds. Pick a small area and stick with it. covering more ground on this claim is a sure-fire way to walk over nice detectable dinks.
Good gold for a lot of years
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Drywashing during the winter months is the most common activity on the claim. your success will depend on the ground you choose and assuring that there is no moisture in the soil. There are a lot of ares that retain moisture and although the ground appears and even feels dry, a simple hand compaction test will let you know instantly if the area is dry enough to drywash or if you are going to have to run the material multiple times or set up a drying spot.
I have been prospecting this claim for a number of years with great results in finding new areas with a little bit of prospecting.
Drywashing is a great way to move a lot of material but there is a lot of overburden in some places. Testing and looking around here is the key.
Before you spend a lot of time jumping into the water channels prospect the old benches, fans and depressions. Especially those that are showing a lot of red iron staining or compacted gravels above the water channels.
Some of these areas are less than a few feet across and can be easily missed. I generally start out here with a gold pan, (dry panning) and a detector. I've found a few nice nuggets in these areas then following up with a drywasher.
When I'm drywashing well out of the water channels the gold is somewhat coarse and small. Of course the closer I get to the water channels the finer and the more smooth the gold becomes with a great deal of it being flood gold that I recover on the flood benches.
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Did good SE corner found 3 little guys
Detected two days 10 hours total.
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Way back when (12/11/90) , my nearly new Gold Bug found me a two point two gram nugget and my partner's beginner level Garrett found her a one gram piece a minute later and a few yards away. We used, but probably didn't need, my '84 Isuzu troopers 4WD and found the claim's coordinates using Loran and the Red Picacho topo map, before the days of GPS. My thanks to the claim owner!
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I found my first gold with a drywasher on this claim along the Little San Domingo. Fines. If you dig in the hard pack on the sides, expect to find some. If you're digging in the soft material on the wash itself, very little.
I used an Extera 705 with no luck.
Many signs of many workings both recent and old.