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  1. 31 points
    Despite forecasts of bad weather , boulder dash and I squeezed in a hunt last weekend. No ferrite rings, funky harness systems, GPS`s, Spot messenger`s, pin pointer`s, or guns involved. Just a traditional hunt, with interchangeable coils, and light weight old technology. High benches with cemented gravels have gold.....Boulder dash proves that here A nice 2 + grammer shown here stuck in those ancient rocks... It was a chilly weekend with a brief clear nightscape..... The goodies ! Over 22 grams of fine gold nuggets were found .... Enjoy ! Please give a thumbs up , as i`m in much need of some forum recognition
  2. 23 points
    Met up with Boulder dash for a 24 hour hunt. We detected at night for about 6 hours, during a very bright, near full moon. A few nuggets were recovered that night and the following day. After what seemed like miles of hiking equipment in, we dry washed a hillside looking for a source, and we are very, very close to locating it. Time ran out and it was time to get back to priorities. Heres the take .....Mine on the left and BD`s on the right. Thats 16 grams on the left and I think BD came out with 10 grams ? Heres a small area of placering that I worked on for a while.
  3. 22 points
    Just a short condensed description on how and where to find gold. I have promoted Jim Straights books for many years, "Follow the Drywashers" and others. because they are well written they are a great inexpensive alternative to not having to know a lot about geology if your new to the game of gold prospecting/detecting and not wanting to hunt everything/everywhere. or not wanting dig up a whole creek bed looking, you have other options you may not be aware of as well. Jim's books primarily focus on and teaches you about drywashing and what to look for as far as indicators of old workings (hand stacked rocks-classified piles etc.)and includes places to start looking for gold left behind by the old timers, his books are an easy way to start finding gold without having to have a masters degree in gold associated geology to understand them. I should say Jim is a personal friend of mine and has been for many years. his books helped me find a lot more gold.There is also a lot of great general prospecting info in them too. well worth the price. and Im not going to get into more details about whats in his books for obvious reasons. But I should also say based on my research and years spent in the gold fields Ive found that many of the old timers knew little about geology and missed many gold deposits. I have proved this by finding other cracks in their prospecting techniques so to speak in recent years that made them leave behind a lot of gold. Generally most of them tested (panned-drywashed) every wash they could find and most used a trial and error method in washes to sort out where to find gold and to work. I don't know about you but I don't have the time or the patience for that method anymore. and that method alone has many other mistakes they made that caused them to miss a lot of gold and I'll get into that later. OK Here are some of them. Many gold deposits in creeks,washes and rivers where ground out by flooding of the creek or river bedrock from gold bearing veins crossing them. but not all of them. much of the gold in them drained into them from many hillside placers and are the result of slower gravity erosion and not influenced by water as much as in the creeks and washes. so the same rules don't always apply to them. and yes there are a lot of rules to gold and my list is still growing but the longer the list gets the more gold I find. Many gold deposit outcrops up on hillsides Ive found haven't made it to the nearest wash,creek or river yet. many are much younger than the gold in many of the creeks and they are still in the process of eroding down a ridge, hillside etc. from quartz veins or with other gold associated geologic deposits. much of the larger gold is still stuck up on these ridges and slopes. sure in some cases the smaller gold from these outcrops may have made to a nearby wash but not enough gold for the old timers to pursue by hand working or their testing methods and were abandoned, in many cases not leaving much if any indicators the old timers even tested them. keep in mind, they didn't have metal detectors. If you using a metal detector you already have a huge edge on the old timers. In some cases the smarter prospectors noticed or they suspected where the gold was coming from because they left small test holes at the upper edge of creeks or even in the hillside nugget patches but the gold was scattered out and with larger slower moving nuggets not confined or concentrated in a wash so they abandoned these too. many patches I've found have had no test digs at all. I found them based on geology and common geologic indicators associated with gold. I have found decent gold "leavins" as I call them (gold the old timers missed)in the old timers drywash workings. "semi-virgin patches",(found and worked by the old timers but never hunted with a metal detector). But I've have to say where I've found my best "multi-pound" (many ounces) "virgin patches", (never discovered by anyone) in most cases is up out of the drainages using geology alone. just so you understand my terminology I've included some of my common terminologies. i.e. "pounded patches" etc with an explanation/definition of them. "Pounded Patches"(found by the old timers and detected to death or near death with metal detectors determined by depth and the metal detectors that have proceeded you and your detecting skills) Well I'm out of time folks so I'm going to leave you with this. I have been successfully nugget hunting for almost 40 years, and here is a general list of what has worked for me. You can start with #1 and add #2, #3,#4 and #5. #1. Hunt everything and everywhere. #2.Get private help and instruction. #3. Do research to find known gold mining areas, prospecting books included. browse the forum. #4. look for and follow the drywashers. #5. learn about geology. I recommend #2 through #5. More later as time permits. AzNuggetBob
  4. 22 points
    This weekend past, I managed to find some time for a hunt. My initial plan was to traverse the hillsides, hilltops, and slopes for a new patch. Well, I accomplished both. Found a slope with a very reddish decomposing pegmatite , and decided to hunt it. First two swings and I found the little guy in the pic ( .5 Gram) , 15 feet above that one, I get a subtle target, but defined. About 8 inches down, I unearth a black rock that`s screaming. Turns out to be a chunk ( 4 grams ) of what appears to be hematite, with a gold seam running right through it Bailed out of that spot to go hit an area I had found a few before. Wouldn`t you know it, I banged out a nice 3 gram quartz gold specimen, and and a .6 tenth piece. All this gold is about as coarse as it gets . Eluvial nuggets can be very attractive..
  5. 21 points
    Hey everyone, A buddy of mine Leo Aranza called and asked me he has a a 73 year old Japanese friend Mel who has a minelab detector, who just got it from Doc, and wanted to learn it and find some gold. I took him out to Gold Basin, made sure he was all setup and let him loose. I tell you what, when I am 73 , I hope I can climb hills and still detect like him. Leo is a very good coin/ relic hunter, that been detecting 30 years, and is just starting on gold. We all scored something. Leo ended up with over 200 grams of meteorites, Mel the older gentleman ended up getting a nice little meteorite, and a small 2 gram gold nugget. It was great to see someone get a nugget for the first time. I ended up with almost an ounce of nuggets, it was .77 ounces. and as a bonus got a 586 gram meteorite. Until next time, mucho oro for everyone....
  6. 18 points
    I got the specie all cleaned up and took some macro shots of it. Just experimenting with different lighting/light box and such. If anyone has tips for taking close up pics of gold, please let me know. Im using a Sony NEX3 manual F stop at 22. Just would like the close ups clearer. Or, my camera just might not be able to do it. Open them all the way up to see the detail. Im surprised how much fine gold is in this piece and its intricate patterns. It also "ohms" out all the way around, so its all through the nugget. Definitely want to get back up to this spot and do some slower hill side hunting Tks Tom 3 Hours of Christmas Music _ Traditional Instrumental Christmas Songs Playlist _ Piano & Orchestra - YouTube.htm
  7. 18 points
    Was out yesterday to a spot I found some various gold bits and decided to pull back some overburden to get down to some fresh bedrock (thanks for the inspiration Adam) and found a couple of dinks to start the day with. I got tired of all the hard work and decided to head upstream to seek out some exposed bedrock. I walked past a few spots Id detected last year (found nothing before) and spent the next couple hrs being impatient and of course not finding anything but rusty bits. I was getting tired and decided to head back to the truck and maybe go check out another local. Well, on my way back I walked over a small patch of bedrock that id detected before with no luck and just stopped. I looked at a small crack and for some reason (intuition??) said what the heck and and decided to go over it again. Instantly I got a super loud couple of targets in one coil pass. I figured id just go ahead and get that pesky junk out of the way and keep going. Probably three targets there, all inverted signals. Junk for sure....... yeah well I was shocked when under and inch of sand stuck in the crack, out pops this beauty! about 10" away was the 2x2" chunk of rusty iron that was the source of the big trashy signal. Yep, I think that kept me and whoever else went over that same bedrock from digging the signals next to it! lesson learned.... dig it all!
  8. 17 points
    Hey everyone... I was able to get out this morning for a great day in the desert to enjoy some good company and some awesome weather. Tom did the driving and I didn't pay much attention to where we ended up, but he seemed to know where we were and I got the feeling he'd been there a few times. We hiked like a thousand miles, and after 20 minutes or so, we were able to fire up the detectors and see who could beat the skunk first. Well I'd love to say it was me, but 10 minutes later, Tom was hollering, and he found a nice one in a shallow resting place. Now it was on... We had the whole day and I had to find at least one piece before we went home. I went up one gully and down another. Before I knew it, two hours had passed and I had circled around and was right upstream from where Tom found the first one. I knew he had gone downstream so I started heading up, back towards my backpack. Then I heard what I was looking for, the sweet mellow sound of gold. I found my nugget, 10 feet from where I put my backpack down when we first got there.... We detected for about 6 hours total and Tom scored a few more little guys like the one he found first. Maybe he'll post them up if he's not too embarrassed. Good times... Thanks to Tom for offering to drive today. Luke
  9. 17 points
    I was able to get away from the regular household duties and get some swing time for three days this weekend. I started out on Friday and headed out to a location in the central Arizona desert. It was new to me, but there were placer claims all around, so I went to check out some open land near by. About 45 minutes in, I heard the first 'good sounding' target and after removing two full "Bunk's pick magnets' worth of black sand, a nice little .12 grammer appeared. I didn't even have to dig it. Later I switched over to the SDC since I was seeing so much good looking bedrock, but that was a bad move. I should have stuck with the GPX and the 11" commander. Too much black sands. I will go back for a more thorough investigation at another time. On the way back out, I stopped by a spot I hadn't been in almost a year. I was new to the SDC then, so I wanted to give it another go. I went straight back to this little gully where I had found a couple last year and about 20 feet upstream, I got a signal. It was the 'birdshot sound'. I dig em all, since I've been fooled before. After a boot scrape and a scoop scrape, the target sound changed to the more favorable mellow tone I was hoping for. After some prying with the screwdriver, out popped a nice little specimen. I always check the hole and the pile, especially when gold has been found. Sure enough, the birdshot was in the dirt pile. Two nuggets in two different locations for .57g, the gold tour was off to a good start. Day two, I drove into another central Az location to view some of the devastation that happened earlier this summer. I spent the better part of the day with the 15x12 commander and the GPX. Found a lot of the regular trash. Had a couple rather exciting deep targets that ended up being .22 bullets. No gold for the GPX. Not to be skunked, I stopped by one of those club claims and managed 8 bits in the last two hours before I had to get going. I was in a hurry so I didn't get a pic with my 'famous dime'. So here's a picture of them on my palm. Day two tally: .62g Day three, today, I met up with a friend I hadn't seen in awhile. It was good to do some catching up and discuss what we'd learned since. Our plan was to go and check out some areas that neither of us had seen and maybe do some detecting. We ended up driving into some really beautiful forested areas, but the locations didn't seem to lend themselves to detecting for various reasons. We opted for 'plan B' and drove over to an area we are both familiar with. Long story short, I got a little one first, and then later lucked out on a hole that ended up giving 5 more. I ended the day with 7, but unfortunately, I was the only one who found gold today. No worries though, my friend has made some really nice finds in the past and everyone gets skunked from time to time. It's always better when everyone in the party gets some gold, but today for whatever reason, it wasn't meant to be. I had a great day overall with the seven weighing in at 2.15g. I ended the Arizona Gold Tour with a total of 17 detected nuggets for 3.34g. Luke
  10. 17 points
    We'll i finally got to join the 1oz+ club!! My buddy Dave and i headed to Gold Basin for a half day trip. We hit our usualy spot and split up. I headed to a wash that i found a 5.4 gram piece a couple of weeks ago. I didnt hit the whole wash, so i figured id start where i left off. A bit later, i get a nice signal by a bush in the middle of the wash. It turned out to an 8 gram specie with some dark host rock mixed in. 10 feet away in the bank of the wash i get another screeming signal. This was the flat nugget, also about 8 g. I radioed Dave to tell him the good news. The next couple of hours there was nothing except a couple of meteors. I decided to hit the bottom end of that same wash on my way back to the truck. After a bit i get a nice signal in the wash, it was the .8g flat piece. The wash had widened out, and the bedrock was deeper, so i wasnt detecting to slow wgen i got a slight sound. I thought it was just ground noise because i was running the GPZ hot at 18 sensitivity and high yield and normal ground. I did a scrape and the sound was still there. I took about 6 inches off with the pick and the sound seemed more distinct. I fugured it wasnt mineralization but rather trash because the dirt was silt, not hard pack. I kep widening and deepening the hole and when i got to over a foot it was screeming. I was figuring tin can ir something. After about 6 more digs and around 2ft deep. I get it out of the hold. I did reach bedrock so i was feeling hopeful. It turned out to be a 1.41 (OZ) nugget and a pretty one at that, with a bit of quartz. I finally joined the club. I feel like i deserve a patch or something lol. I radioed Dave to tell him the good news, and he was eccited for me. (He was already a member pf the club) a bit under 2 oz for the day. Great trip, thanks Dave! Now i can say the GPZ officially paid for itself. Chris
  11. 16 points
    Well it was another spectacular outing! LOTS of great food, nice days for detecting, cloudy and clear days. Gold was found I personally found some every day. Met new people and had fun catching up with old friends. There was more gold found but I was not able to get pics of everyones. Special thanks to Bill for putting these on and Kevin and another guy for dishing out the meat so everyone got plenty of the awesome brisket and pork. Thanks to Minelab Debbie for coming out and addressing the coil issue and doing a demo with the Equnox. I saw some cool wildlife and a spike or two point buck. Enjoy! Tom H.
  12. 16 points
    Hi all, took the boys out deer hunting this morning. My son chased this one during archery season in August but could only get about 80 yards from him. Then during muzzleloader season we couldn't find him. So went out this morning and found him again. Layed an awesome shot on him and he only went about 15 yards and dropped. Not huge but he's happy. Dan
  13. 16 points
    I pride myself as a long time GB2 aficionado. I've recovered at least two thousand nuggets with them over the years (I've owned five or six and still have three). So I know a thing or two about how to swing a GB2 -- about their virtues and their limitations. That gives me some perspective. So yesterday I took delivery of a Minelab Gold Monster and earlier today I gave it a field test here in Yucca Valley, California -- strictly a first time out of the box, "let's see what she can do" trial utilizing my standard poker chip test nuggets. I have used the following six test nuggets for over a decade. From the largest on down they consist of gold nuggets, flakes and specks ranging from .09g, .07g, .05g, .03g, .02g and finally the smallest piece of gold I've ever recovered with a GB2 --.002g. First I mounted the larger coil and ran through the targets. I was rather disappointed in that I was getting inconsistent responses. That possibly was due to contaminants in the sandy, claylike dirt we have in this part of the desert. Regardless of how I adjusted the settings I could not clearly hear responses from the smaller test targets. The larger the coil, of course, the greater the odds of swinging over multiple simultaneous targets and the greater the likelihood that the control box program will get "confused" by these multiple inputs. A decrease in responsiveness may be noticed. Possibly this is what the larger coil was having trouble with. After I switched to the smaller coil -- WOWIE ZOWIE!!! I was amazed that the GM 1000 was able to CLEARLY respond to even the .002g speck of gold, both in the deep and the shallow settings. I repeatedly moved the poker chips around and carefully scanned the dirt before laying them out. The GM 1000 continued to respond clearly and consistently. I also spread out an array of square nails and the hottest ironstones of various sizes that my GPZ 7000 can see from 12" to 18" deep. They all screamed in the all metal mode but were invisible and totally silent when I switched to the discrimination setting. In addition to the above noted performance plusses, I like the simplified styling of the hardware that enables relatively quick assembly and disassembly. I go places where backpacking is a necessity and this little detector will easily fit. I also like its light weight -- perhaps only a few ounces heavier than a GB2 -- hardly enough to really notice. I just hope this detector will pass the test of time in that our high desert sun takes a toll on plastic parts. But so far so good. The minuses begin with the clunky larger coil which did not seem to me to give much of a depth advantage and clearly does not perform as well on the smaller targets. Not a sufficient depth advantage, for me at least, because the primary reason I purchased the GM 1000 was as a supplement to my GPZ 7000. In other words, the Zed is my main nugget sweeper and it finds some pretty small pieces and punches down fairly deep in its own right. I mostly am concerned with finding what the Zed is missing or is overwhelmed by all the ironstone or Fe trash noises in certain areas. For users who hunt with only one detector and where budget is a major concern, I believe they will be well served with the smaller coil in a similar fashion that many a GB2 owner has come to learn. The other minuses include the GM 1000's "top heaviness" and the headphones. The detector just has a hard time remaining in an upright position. The headphones are uncomfortable and are too small, i.e., they do not block out external noises like a pair of Nugget Busters or other high end headphones. Additionally, they lack a curly cord. The straight wire connection tends to snag easily and will suddenly jerk the headphones right off my head because the wire has no "give" when force is applied during a snag. Finally, the minuscule headphone jack insert opening is not compatible with most high end headphones. All in all I am ready to actually hunt with it. Next week I will try to find some time for an excursion and will give an update. Stay tuned.
  14. 16 points
    Great day out. Dad and I went back to a old area and I was able to score this little guy. Found a lot of whole bullet drop ins and when I heard this I kind of knew it wasnt a lead fragment. Gave me the sweet soft high/low. Dug it out of the bedrock and YEEEEEHAAH!!!! Yellow stuff Good Lord blessed us with some gold. It was down about 5 inches. Was using the 9x14 coiltek as I knew I was going to be doing some walking today. Really great day out today. Kind of cool, with some cloud cover. Tom H.
  15. 16 points
    Made it out this weekend for a nice hunt. The weather on Saturday was amazing and cloudy and cool. Sunday was humid and down right miserable. A Sunday afternoon storm cut my trip short and I was gone by 3. This area really gives out the nuggets if you dig through all the junk. Detected around 60+ nuggets for 10.4 grams. The largest was 2.1 gram. Still gold out there.
  16. 15 points
    Greetings All, I took my Gold Monster 1000 for its weekly walk yesterday. Have been frustrated with it due to a seven week skunk. Wondering how much gold it (the Monster) has been missing. I went to an area that has small drainages and rivulets and in the past have found 2 little nuggets there with my trusty White's Gold Master 3. The ground has lots of hot rocks and differentiated soils which made my GM 3 very hard to keep ground balanced. I figured that this would be a perfect place to test the Monster's automatic ground balance abilities. After about an hour or so of hunting, I finally got my first positive (gold) target. First I lightly scrapped of the top stones, Target still there. Dug maybe an inch down and the target was out. Target being on the surface so it is probably a piece of bullet. Target in hand, it was sort of rounded and grayish in color. About the size of a modern day BB. Gave it a quick bath and no shinny yellow could be seen. Gave it the scratch test to reveal shiny silver of lead. Nada. Put it away in a small container and will deal with it later at home. The rest of the day yielded only trash and more frustration. At home I relayed to the wife that I still had that dreaded skunk. Later I decided to take a better look at the BB size target that I brought home. Using my 10X hand loop, I could only see grayish and white quartz so in the mortar and pestle it went. Dumping the contents into a dry gold finishing pan. Low and behold, a small, and I do mean small piece of gold appeared. Unbelievable. The only reason I am telling this story is that I still can't wrap my head around the fact that a metal detector of any kind could find this miniscule piece of gold. Really impressed with the Gold Monster 1000. Oh yea, I was using the 10" coil and standard junk headphones. This is not a made up story or "Fake News" It really happened. Cheers, Bob
  17. 15 points
    Hi everyone, hope your all getting out and enjoying the weather. Last weekend when we got back from detecting, i built the boys a display case for the speci gold they found last summer. It turned out pretty cool and they are happy with it. Also is a pic of the Shield nickel i found last weekend. Its a 1875 in pretty good shape. Cameron found 2 more silver spoon also. Other than that, not a huge find weekend but fun. Take care everyone. Dan
  18. 15 points
    Went out with dad today to take the detectors for a walk. What a nice day for detecting! Cool, quite, just right. First area we went to looked good, but, nothing. Two pieces of trash. So, we decide to hit another wash close by that's been kind to us in the past. The gold doesn't start showing up until you a half mile up it and it is a iron stone factory! I decided this time to go extremely slow, and listen for any slight warble. Covered 60 yards in 2 hrs, dug 800 ironstones, but! I did get three little guys Will have to go up and finish the other half mile of wash......that should keep me busy for a bit. Tom H. pi.exe
  19. 15 points
    I was out at one of my locations on both Friday, and Saturday and managed to score these five-nuggets. This location had this massive bedrock outcropping right in the middle of the wash, which "angled" downward about 4-feet into a sandy-overburden open area (pond of sorts). I had found 3-4 small nuggets (sitting ducks) at this location a couple of years ago, but hadn't been back since then. After standing down stream for a few minutes (trying to "read-the-wash") I decided to dig down (down stream) right below the bedrock that became hidden beneath the sand. After digging down about 3-feet (following the bedrock down) I discovered that the bedrock had been worn away into a 3" x 4" cavity and then shot upward in an angle about 2 1/2 feet,.. kind of like a huge "V". Initially, I was kind of skeptical about even messing with this spot as the bedrock was composed of smooth, ( very smooth) very-worn bedrock, which most of us know usually doesn't hold (or trap) the gold. After clearing the "V'd area out I swung my coil over the cavity and got a very strong signal. The speci-nugget is the one that I found there, which weighed in at 1.01 grams. I had also observed that the upstream part of the wash that approached the bedrock outcropping was somewhat of a level area. It had stopped 4"-size rocks and most likely caused the flowing water (when it had been flowing in the past) to slow down, which indicated to me that nuggets would be blocked and drop there. After clearing out the rocks and overburden that had accumulated there,... sure enough I picked up three signals, which are the three smaller nuggets pictured. The above 4-nuggets I found on Friday. Then on Saturday I went back and continued clearing rocks and overburden away heading upstream. The area was still kind of level. When I skimmed off a spot I noticed a greyish-greenish clay material as a bedrock. I swung my coil over the area and got a very strong signal over this material. The nugget was down about 4" in this material and weighed in at 1.03 grams (the second of the two larger ones). All total the five nuggets weighed in at 2.36 grams,...."YAHOO"..................Gary
  20. 15 points
    After spending all day Wednesday and getting skunked, I decided to get out again today (Sunday) with a good friend into a different area - one I'd never been in. My .51 gram find: I figure I must be doing something right! Below is a pic of my (same as above) nugget next to the very nice 4.8 Gram chunk, found in the same general (and very remote) area by "the other guy ", right after we got in there. In case he reads this: Seriously dude! That had to be more than a 1/2 mile in!!! But hell, I ain't complaining. His find was more than enough motivation to get me beepin' - just as soon as I finished scarfing down a light lunch... Overall it was a pretty awesome day, I'd say! I'll take quality (and nugget size/weight) over quantity any day & especially on a Sunday! Now, will someone please point me in the direction of a really good masseuse? Tiny me + a hydration backpack with gear & snacks + wrestling with cat claw + climbing over huge rocks & boulders in a creek bed + a steep hillside getting into and out of it = one very tired, stiff and sore gal!!! Still, the gold made it all worthwhile and I'd do it all again in a heartbeat! Lisa
  21. 15 points
    By going down to Morristown last Friday and picking up a brand new GM1000 from some guy we might know I have had doubts about this machine, but I have been using a borrowed GB2 for years now and thought it was high time to get a new beeper and return the GB2. I had to sell my dirtbike to get it but after reading a bunch about it and watching plenty of videos, then Bill giving good feedback, I decided to go for it instead of buying my own GB2. So Saturday I spent a couple hours playing with test nuggets in some gravels I have brought home and got used to the new monster. I was pleasantly surprised, but still unsure. Yesterday I loaded up and went back to a patch I have just absolutely beat to death many times with the GB2 and have given up on it producing anymore. This would be a great test, heres the results with the monster... Small but still yellow, three pieces of gold and a couple bb's.
  22. 15 points
    Did you have to google the title ? I sure did I little while ago , I met up with boulder dash, did a bunch of placering, and worst of all, vacuuming Boulderdash arrived early and already had placered about 60 feet of creek bottom . Anyway we continued to work the Canyon of Treasure for the next couple days resulting in many nice findings of gold. Very, very hard work , but as you can see , the results and accomplishment can be rewarding. I think it was like 22 grams in nugget pieces, and 10 grams in fines from drywashing. Maybe boulderdash can correct me if i`m mistaken on the numbers.... Heres some pictures ! Below: Boulderdash vacuuming a large stretch of bedrock.... Below: Some gold from the drywasher tray..... Below: Bunch of nuggets resulting from the effort......
  23. 15 points
    Just returned from a outstanding 4 1/2 day detecting trip. It was a little warm but drinking 2+ gallons of water is a must. Total nuggets detected was 145, for a grand total of 14.7 grams. The gold is definitely not hunted out. Persistence is key and good detecting habits are a must.
  24. 14 points
    Got out last Sunday in this wonderful weather we've been having lately, with my buddy Chris. We decided to hunt a new spot, as the old spots were petering out faster than the 5th hour of a Viagra. But this new spot I think is gonna be hour 1..... Enclosing a pic.... Mucho Oro for Everyone.... Dave
  25. 14 points
    Hey all... I made it out the other day for a quick hunt before the sun burned off the clouds. I returned to an area I'd been before, and decided to hunt a hillside near "My First Dink Patch". This area has been hunted by many detectors over the years and it took over an hour before I found my first trash target. A little bit later, I found a target signal behind the trunk of a little bush. After some digging and some screwdriver/bedrock action, the target was out. Another little scrap of rusty metal. But wait, there's another target in the hole. Some more bedrock loosened up and scraped out, and this little guy came to the surface. A nice .58g specimen. I was using the 5000 with the 11" mono commander. Fine gold, gain 9, stab 9, very slow.... I knew the ground would be wet, so the EVO stayed home. I doubt it was more than three inches deep. Even when it was in the scoop, it wasn't very loud. Luke
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