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  1. 22 points
    Spent Saturday and part of Sunday down in the Desert looking for a patch in a new area. Did not find one , but did manage a few pieces of gold during the hunt. I detected portions of about a dozen gullies and of those, two carried gold. Just over 2 grams
  2. 13 points
    After yesterday's "Honey Do" chores I got a chance to swing my favorite detector. How nice it was to leave behind the press of day-to-day lists, tasks and sundry minor urgencies. Immersing one's self in the solitude and wide open spaces of Southern California's high desert refreshes my deepest innards. It is especially soothing to come home at the end of the day with a nice one in the poke.
  3. 13 points
    Puttered around in a small wash today I have been driving by for years, shallow bedrock and fairly mild soil. Got hot pretty fast so only hunted a little stretch of it and got these two rough little nuggets. Lot of critters out and about in the desert today and also found a massive bee hive....
  4. 12 points
    Howdy Gang, For sometime now I’ve been wanting to hunt some fossils and recently got interested in wanting to hunt for gemstones as well. I reached out @adam and @bigrex and a HUGE shoutout goes out to them for the info they provided. I left out of town on Friday afternoon and headed to Delta, UT. On the recommendations, I decided to try UDig fossils. Granted, it’s a pay to dig site, but my time was somewhat limited and I had a plan for other stuff too. I ended up having a blast, found lots of trilobites, some algae, and plant life. And the best was the other people who had small children shouting and sharing in their excitement when they found something. I only spent a half day there, then heading to the huge dry lake, Sevier Lake. Let’s just say the lake wasn’t dry and that was a bust to look for meteorites. Next, while heading back to Delta, I headed to Sunstone Knoll to look for sunstone Laboredite. I found quite a few small crystals scattered about but anyone probably could if they looked close enough. Now it was time to head to Topaz, Mountain. I forgot to mention, in my planning prep, I decided to rough it and sleep in the back of the bed of my truck. I figured the weather was going to be good, so why not, less to carry. Night one was fine, a bit cramped in the bed, but manageable. I am sure your saying, OK, so what about night two. Well, when they say 10% chance of rain in Utah, that means 100%. But I’ll discuss that a bit later. I arrived at Topaz, MT. around 5:30pm Sat. night. Threw some rock hammers, 3lb sledgehammer, pry bar, chop-sticks, and a screwdriver in my pack and headed out to hit the high areas in the mountain. I was behind the claim area to the left, as their map shows, and figured I’d go higher as most would probably not. After poking around for about three hours I found some small pieces, and a rose colored piece. Nothing whole, but still fun. I met a few others, as it was crammed pack with all kinds of people. Night two. Now about that 10% chance of rain. Well, it started to drop-drop but nothing I couldn’t handle around 10:00pm. I settled in the bed of the truck and was lights out about 11:00. Around 2:00am, it started to rain at a steady pace. I recognized it but figured it would let up. By 5:00, my sleeping bag was soaked, but I was still warm and decided to abandon the bed for the cab. I slept in the front seat until about 7:00. The rain finally let up to a drizzle an broke for about an hour. So I was ready to hunt some more. This time I went far left of the claim, where others were the night before, and headed up the mountain. Ofcourse, it started to rain some more, so I found a nice cubby outcrop to stay dry. It payed off. There were some vugs, but noting looked promising. Then after poking about, I found an area that was soft, and seemed to have an air pocket. That was the paydirt. I spent the better part of the hour or more using my chopsticks to dig, pry, gouge, and use the tools to extract the topaz. It doesn’t look like much but I’ll take it. I found another in the same outcrop and by mid morning I called it quits as the rain was persistent. As I was leaving, I saw in the rock hounding book about Apache Tears at Obsidian Hill. That was the next stop. Apache tears were everywhere and I grabbed quite a few. Directly across the road is Butterscotch Hill, where you can find tumbled jasper stones. I grabbed a few and decide to head out, since now I was wet from all the exploring. Overall, a fun and productive weekend, and I accomplished all I set out to do. Here are a few pics of the adventure.
  5. 11 points
    Well it is getting mighty warm here in the desert so once again it is time to research promising areas for the coming cool weather. I actually enjoy hitting the books and maps and have a couple new areas that just finding a trail in is almost impossible. One such place Dave and I had to walk a 12 mile or so round trip a couple weeks ago and man that was a tiring and painful walk for this aging nugget shooter, but there are no passable roads into this area. Hopefully there will be an easier route to try later in the year after it cools off. Another spot I am actively studying is only 2 miles from an area I have found some amazing gold in the past and has no occurrences of placer gold ever recorded. A hunter told me about a small valley with every wash and several of the slopes covered in old drywash header piles with the fines piles long washed away and they had picked up a couple small nuggets off bedrock in one of the washes. Not being prospectors they never went back to detect or anything else... I was able to find this spot on Google Earth last night and look right at the worked valley and washes, problem is once again no access even by quad through the heavily dissected pediment gravels with sharp cut deep washes full of bedrock waterfall areas. Looks like allot of walking to get in with the closest trail of any kind a couple miles away Dang, may have to get a horse and mule Hit the books folks as the cooler weather will be here before you know it and it is nice to have a hit list made up.
  6. 10 points
    Went out for a morning hunt with Tammy Langster and Mike Slater and had a great time digging trash and exploring, oh and I got these.... Larger one I was using the 3500 and smaller was nailed in shallow bedrock with the 1000
  7. 8 points
    I was out this morning on one of the drainage washes that flows into Lynx creek. I was up stream almost a mile and had just rounded a bend in the wash when I looked up and saw (something) that looked out-of-place right down in the middle of the wash. It was about 20 yards-or-so upstream. I could tell that it was an animal of some type, but couldn't tell exactly what??? It was sitting upright (vertical) in a shaded area due to pine trees up on the ridge. I stopped right off and began staring at it (I was also in the shadow of some pine trees). I think what caught my eye was it's pointy ears, as it was looking right at me. I kept staring at it, and it kept staring at me; neither one of us moved. I kept squinting my eyes trying to figure out just what It was, while I stood frozen-still. It looked like a mid-size german shepard, only more muscular; and it looked to be about 2 1/2 (or better) foot tall from where I was standing. It just sat there without moving a muscle. We must have stared at each other for (what seemed to be) about 2-minutes. Then I saw it's head move just slightly,....and I recognized it,..."WOW" it was a bobcat, and a very healthy one at that. In all the years (literally) that I have been hiking in the Prescott National Forest I have never come across a bobcat out in the wild. I'm sure that they have seen me, but I have never (up till now) ever seen one. Well, I decided to make the first move, so I began a slow stepping walk upstream toward it (male-female???) I got about 10 steps in and off it went up on the ridge and out of sight. That dude was definitely muscular, and had been eating well. Ya never know what you might run across out there, and sometimes it really surprises ya. I got these two nuggets out of that same wash using my Z-7000. The smallest one was .12 of-a-gram and down in vertically-layered schist about 4" down. I kept getting a signal, but my pin pointer couldn't even find it. I had to use a process of elimination to finally segregate it enough for the pin pointer to pick it up. This smallest nugget is the second "smallest" nugget that Z has found for me; the smallest is .10 of-a-gram,................AMAZING !!!!! Gary
  8. 8 points
    Mike, you forgot these, 168 grams.... some old railroad items, a 1907 barber dime 😛... Was great hunting with good friends, Richard and Eric. Dave
  9. 8 points
    Right in the cracks o n bedrock where others had been removing soil, classifying, and hauling off cons.... Just a little ways apart and look totally different.
  10. 7 points
    Well, seeing that its a tad warm here in AZ. im organizing/fixing my detecting stuff. Never have been a fan of Baseball hats. They seem too hot. Had a floppy hat last year and really liked it but the brim was a bit small. Ordered this one off of E-bay for 10 bucks. Cut it, glued it and I have a nice wide brim hat with ventilation and a flap for the neck. Heres the link for the hat if anyone else wants one. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Camo-Hat-Wide-Brim-Outdoor-w-Neck-Cover-Sun-Flap-Hunt-Hike-Fishing-Mesh/331782796079?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&var=540885692700&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649 Tom H.
  11. 7 points
    I'll tell ya Tom the reason I got this new hat was after I saw your old floppy straw hat. Remember the old sombrero jokes, it works. If your going to hunt in the 100 plus I dont know of a better idea, other than hunting at night. I often tell people if your coming to Az. to hunt in the peak summer you better bring some shade with you because there isn't a lot of it in the south 40. AzNuggetBob
  12. 7 points
    Going to get out today before this dry weather has the whole darn desert off limits by the powers that be.... Just irritating that there are now so many selfish and or stupid people that the government must shut everyone off our own land. Yeah I get it, but I ain't gonna start no fires. Hope some of you get out today as well and show em if ya get em.....
  13. 6 points
    Took my Equinox 800 out to play today . I went to a local Tot lot since it should be almost empty...it was . Found a bunch of clad, first find was a dime, then another dim. I got a solid 13 on it was double hitting, move the sand and there was a nickel....all in all I think I got about 1.77 in clad but I am getting better and ID with sounds...would here it , then look for what I thought it should be....still learning but having fun too....
  14. 6 points
    Yeah that is how I heard it many years ago he is also the one that put the quartz flag on flag hill. He found an old stream channel behind flag hill and there is still a partial trench there where he dug it out. Erected the mule as a memorial to his old prospecting partner (mule) after it died and the flats was named... Lady that ran the old bottle shop on 60 going into Wickenburg told me the story. Not sure if true or not, but a cool story
  15. 6 points
    I'm not a meteorite aficionado, but I think it's fantastic to see a parent who manages to get a child interested in the sciences (or maths, or languages, or small engine repair, or knitting -- anything other than rap and those blasted video games). Way to go, ryanworking.
  16. 6 points
    It was an incredible long weekend! All of the gold to the left side of the coin (a dime) was found with the Gold Racer. The gold to the right, was found with the Gold Bug Pro and the Minelab 5000. (I can't underestimate the value of a one-two punch with a high-quality VLF followed up with the technology of a supreme PI! This is a shot of the last pieces I found with the Gold Racer, all found while hunting hunting whispers after previously sweeping the bedrock with the same small sniper coil, and all of the finds combined on the left side of the pan were found with the Racer while using the little sniper coil. I will say that the small sniper coil is not good for any depth (and that's not what it's designed for), but it's super-hot on shallow gold, especially the small stuff (that is why I bought it); moreover, it loves to sound off on the chunky stuff too! Some of the bigger stuff found that day. (Raw, uncleaned gold, pictures shot while in the field, looks much prettier now all cleaned-up.)So, the story will have to follow when I find the time as this is a busy gold getting opportunity now that the weather's nice, but it was an incredible weekend hunt with lots of nuggets recovered, but perhaps the best (as far as the little sniper coil for the Gold Racer goes), I was able to capture well over thirty grams of small gold. The Gold Racer has turned out to be a sound investment indeed as has the little coil. (The detector has paid for itself many times already, and the little coil paid for itself in the first hour.)All the best,Lanny
  17. 6 points
    I've ridden to Humbug from Pleasant many times, up the Columbia Trail, it's a good haul roundtrip. Had to use French Draw to avoid all the ATVs. Fewer and fewer folks are going horseback and learning packing. I string some seasoned pros. Best to get ahold of me early for outfitting, I'm already booking for elk and deer hunts into 2019.
  18. 6 points
    Tammy's Momma had a stroke.. not the real bad one, but a big deal. Send them if ya got them OK?
  19. 6 points
    Man! Every time you do this something gets screwed up! Now look at my avitar.. Jezz. Tom H.
  20. 5 points
    Ballarat is just over the Slate Range from where I grew up...Trona ... We used to spend lots of time in the Panamints, at the Panamint Sand Dunes and up Panamint City Gulch...Fun place but can be dangerous ... Manson used to come into my Dad's Western Auto Store for vehicle parts ... Dad used to tease him and called him "Hippie" and told him to get a haircut!!! 😯 Cheers, Unc
  21. 5 points
  22. 5 points
    Skip I'll tell you the whole story. I also started out pretty much the same way with a gold pan, sluice box back in the 70's in N.Cal. and then moved up to a 3"dredge. got my first gold detector and went out a few times and found nothing but trash. gave up on detecting gold and went back to dredging. but things where gettin crazy (gold rush in Cali) and it was getting a little bit crowded in the rivers and creeks, ok very crowded. elbow to elbow, dredge to dredge in many places. So I moved to Az in 1980 figured I'd go back into construction but then I got a job at a placer mine. I already knew how to operate backhoes, loaders, dozers and track hoes from working in construction in calif. pushing dirt is pushing dirt right. so anyway I learned a lot at the first mine and purchased another metal detector. I realized I wasn't hunting or digging in the best places before. fortunately it didn't take me long to start finding nuggets this time around. I learned to avoid the trash as much as possible and how to follow the old pay streaks working at the mine and from dredging too. I started finding nuggets hunting on weekends. my style was to save the trashy areas for last. that was just the start. I started reading books. I'll tell you I amassed a pretty large prospecting book and map library. there wasn't an internet or any forums back then. I also learned to follow the old drywashers. I leaned a lot just from experience out hunting. Then I started learning more about geology and it really took off from there. many of the rules are the same but I prefer desert placers. and the desert placers have kept me busy for many years whether I'm working for large companies or on my own. There is more I don't have time to write it all here today. Also Its much easier for me to go out and do it than sit here and write about it. It all comes to me sort of second nature when I'm out in the hills. when I see the geology, old flow lines,lifted outcrops,types of rock, rounded aggregate and other indicators in general, stacked rocks from the old timers etc. there is all sorts of things I'm looking for. my mind just kicks into nugget hunting mode. trying to outsmart those wyely little golden critters is almost a sport for me. a game of hide and seek. almost as much fun as finding them. AzNuggetBob
  23. 5 points
    Welp...guess the mule/donkey is the answer Tom H.
  24. 5 points
    Those look to be 1950s or 60s vintage. They can be plenty unstable and explode without any battery or electricity. They can go off from static in the air such as comes over in a thunderstorm. Dangerous stuff to have around the house to be sure. Much like old dynamite.
  25. 5 points
    Bob you are a source of History and like it or not a legend in the nugget shooting world, why some of your escapades over the years have been a source of education as well as side busting laughter. Thanks for your input here my friend.
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