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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
    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....
  3. 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.
  4. 11 points
    Last Thursday I went out with a couple of friends for a day hunt. The first place we stopped they broke out their 7000s and I used the 800. This area had be raked extensively and I soon tired of that so I headed for the unraked areas. Just before we left I found a piece of quartz with a reading of 1. It was consistent and it was not magnetic but it was dusty and I couldn't see anything. When we made our next stop it was mostly to look at an old header and I washed it off with some tea. We had a loop handy and sure enough it is golden. How much I don't know yet because I haven't been able to find my fish scale to weigh it in water. I went out today and tried to find more but spent a day in the sun with no additional gold. The sensitivity was about 22 and everything else was default including the multi frequency. It was down about 4 inches. Mitchel
  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. 8 points
    Read a pretty good article on Shawn Ryan Prospecting Article here
  11. 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.....
  12. 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....
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 6 points
    Tammy's Momma had a stroke.. not the real bad one, but a big deal. Send them if ya got them OK?
  18. 6 points
    Man! Every time you do this something gets screwed up! Now look at my avitar.. Jezz. Tom H.
  19. 6 points
    MOST hobby-oriented Clubs exist to provide persons with similar interests an opportunity to socialize with like-minded individuals to share their hobby and/or to learn more about that hobby. Enthusiastic, wide-eyed newbies are enthralled by the accomplishments and status of successful "old timers." "Wow, I sure wish that I can grow tomatoes as good as yours. How do you do it?" says the beginning gardener to the expert. In like manner the newbie nugget hunter seeks to emulate the success of the veteran gold-finder. It's only natural. And, when the now-veteran gold hunters were themselves newbies, they did likewise. Don't say you didn't. None of us were instant experts the moment we picked up our first detector. But two problems arise when it comes to electronic prospecting: gold nuggets are a finite commodity, and known goldfields are quickly depleted, necessitating more research and/or prospecting. Which means that there are those who will innocently, or lazily, seek to exploit the efforts of others. And, since a nugget the size of a dime is worth more than a week's wage for 90% of the world's population, therefore self-interest stimulates the desire for instant success. Hence the frequently heard comment "Wow, Jim, great nuggets. Where did you find them?" Or, "I'd sure like to find nuggets like those. Next time you go out can you take me along?" Human nature is human nature. My point: enjoy the hobby, rejoice in the good times had, the gold found, the friends made, and try to forget about the self-seeking exploiters and the inevitable personality conflicts. Just my two grains worth. HAPPY Hunting. Jim
  20. 6 points
    An interesting article on a form of prospecting we talk little about. I've been doing a bit of that type of prospecting myself. I came up with a real interesting idea in January, we've now got a bunch of claims staked, with more to come. A deal has been inked with a mining exploration company and soon we'll be prospecting with 40 foot diameter coils from 100 feet in the air. As stuff is still happening, I cant really talk about it with any specifics, but in maybe 6 months we should have everything taken care of and be able to talk. In time there should be an article in the ICMJ and I'll be able to talk about it here too.
  21. 6 points
    Staycation last week in celebration of wife's birthday. Spent the week working around the house some but mainly working on the gold claim and prospecting. While I eliminated my skunk by panning some dirt, the wife cleaned my clock by finding three nuggets in the space of an hour. She melded with her Gold Bug 2 and sniffed these small nuggets from the hillside. We both have many hours / days working this claim and for her to hit these three so quickly stopped me dead in my tracks. I was asking here to come hear signals I was getting on my GB 2 after that. Some times you just have everything working for you, she did that day.
  22. 5 points
    Slowly making progress on the wing ribs. Also brought out the fuselage to begin prepaint blasting. I spot tested a small area, and the ground glass media does a pretty nice job. It cleans the tubing adequately and leaves a gentle tooth on the surface...the primer should stick very well.
  23. 5 points
    Here's my letter to the BLM. By the way, the postcard I received back in April has two different dates for the deadline for comments. One line says May 22(Tonight) and the other says May 8th. To whom it may concern, Instead of choosing between 5 options of how much of my right to ingress and egress I would like to give up, I'd like to point out a few items in the laws of the US and State of Arizona that should prevent the BLM from forcing anyone to choose. First I'd like to refer you to the Lode mining law of 1866, codified in the General mining law of 1872 in which a right to ingress and egress is to mineral deposits is granted to all US citizens. This right has been reaffirmed multiple times in state and federal courts up to and including the US Supreme Court. Second, I'd like to refer you to a portion of the law that gave the BLM it's authority as administrator of public lands but limits it's ability to control travel; specifically 43 U.S. Code § 1732 - Management of use, occupancy, and development of public lands "Except as provided in section 1744, section 1782, and subsection (f) of section 1781 of this title and in the last sentence of this paragraph, no provision of this section or any other section of this Act shall in any way amend the Mining Law of 1872 or impair the rights of any locators or claims under that Act, including, but not limited to, rights of ingress and egress" Third, is what's commonly referred to as RS2477, part of the Mining act of 1866, stating "The right of way for the construction of highways over public lands, not reserved for public uses, is hereby granted" Although this section was repealed by the FLPMA of 1976, any public right of was existing at the time was again protected. “Nothing in this Act or any amendment made by this Act, shall be construed as terminating any valid right-of-way or other land use right or authorization existing on the date of approval of this Act.” Finally, I'd like to direct you to Arizona's HB 2175, signed into law by Governor Ducey last year. HB 2175 confirms and asserts Arizona's right to control all rights of way existing prior to the passing of the FLPMA act of 1976. I'd like to conclude with a message to those of you who would limit my right to access in the name of protecting the environment, animals or aesthetics; Many of our forefathers fought and died for these lands, for their natural resources and strategic value to ensure our nations survival. I doubt any of them would have done so knowing that their heirs would be locking them up and throwing away the key to protect a supposedly endangered species of plant or animal or protect someones hiking trail or view. Without rights to access, your access becomes a privilege. Sincerely, Jim Pressley Peoria AZ.
  24. 5 points
    Great photo's guys. Clay I worked for a private"sand and gravel" plant that provided sand for the Az. C.A.P. project. a lot of the work was contracted out. I was operating heavy equipment for them feeding the plant or loading trucks. It was very successful operation but a lot of hard work getting permits and picking up and moving the whole plant from wash to wash as the project progressed toward phoenix. It was a pretty smooth operation except for those pesky nuggets that kept clogging up our power screens. just kidding about the nuggets, but there was a lot of byproduct in that sand and gravel. Im not saying the plant would be profitable as a stand alone operation for byproduct only but the sale of the sand and gravel more than covered the cost of the whole operation and we were loading trucks as fast as we could crank out the processed sand. AzNuggetBob
  25. 5 points
    Success is like pregnancy, everyone congratulates you but no one realizes how many times you got screwed to achieve it. Good read.
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