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    • It was in West Texas ... Probably in the mountains west of Uvalde... Cheers, Unc  
    • I mined full time for a living for about 7 years and did pretty well financially...But what whooped me and my partners was the crew (37 of them) shutting down the pumps whenever we partners left the mine, and jumping into the sluice...They stole some major big nuggets and the local store owner had a deal to guarantee he'd buy any gold from our operation...We finally went broke after an especially hard wet and snowy winter up in the Klamath Mountains on a North Fork, Salmon River trib... But during my years dredging with a 4" Keene I did average about 1 ozt per week... But when gold prices skyrocketed  every swingin' richard in the country started making finding ground quite difficult...Fortunately, as an experienced local, I knew some of the best hidden and productive places ... Mining was challenging to be consistent but back in the day you could do it...Now, I don't think one out of every thousand folks who try to make it is successful....But you've got to take into consideration  that prospecting and mining is the most fun you can have with your knickers pulled up.....Cheers, Unc
    • The realistic answer to the question is "no." If it were possible you would see a heck of a lot more people out there doing it. In the majority of cases this is a hobby and an expensive one at that. Just the overhead to get to the point of pulling in $100 a day is extensive: the research, the experience, the leg work in the field and the equipment means it will take time to break even. I would keep welding.
    • First, last time I checked anything the state government published, there is gold being produced in AZ, but it is all Lode gold, and nearly all that comes as a byproduct of copper production.  Does that mean people aren't earning a living off a placer operation? I bet they are.  Out of 6 million people in the state, I bet that there are six people doing what you want, and earning about $100 a day on average.  I'll bet there's 600+ people a year that get into this hobby and spend hundreds to thousands of dollars, never to make it back. I'm not telling you that you may be the one that is the 1:100 that make it.  I actually don't the odds are worst. The guy who got me into this, told me of a tale how he went to another state, set up an operation, and pulled 18 ounces out of the ground on a placer op.  I found that very motivating.  What I don't know now, years after he told me the story, is if that's his cut for moving to another state or if he split it with his other two partners.  I also don't know if that is what he paid expenses for.  I do know that a lifetime of part time gold hunting left him a few ounces of gold nuggets he'd found throughout the years, and that one story.  He also had a small military pension that paid a lot of his real bills.  Most people are not that lucky.  With the few people that open up to what they find, a good average day in central AZ would be a third of a gram, and a super day may be a gram.  A gram would cover the gas it takes to get me to the gold fields, a soda, a bag of chips, some beef jerky, and some lotto tickets.  Very, very few times have I found a gram. I don't know if the vulture mine is hiring.  I think I saw something advertised a few weeks ago that would pay more than $100 per day.  This link is a year old, but you're more likely to not go bankrupt doing this: https://nuggetshooter.ipbhost.com/topic/32297-vulture-mine-is-hiring/?tab=comments#comment-295988
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