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  2. Don't give up. Get a new girlfriend if necessary.
  3. Sweet shiny stuff . Is that one clean out , or a days of hard work ?
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  5. Bob said to ask forgiveness and not permission. To be clear I dont look for open ground to prospect. I look for the best ground to prospect and do what I need to do to get on it. That is often patented land and/or corporate claims. Lots of guys hyper focus on land status and finding "open" areas. My advice is to focus on inroads to the best areas. It is easier to find a spot you can work on excellent ground than it is to find gold on crappy ground. The best areas are claimed. The guys who get the gold work those areas. If you want to be one of those guys you gotta work those areas too. If you are just shaking a pan for a few colors then a club is the best bet. Developing inroads to good ground will pay off much better than finding an unclaimed area. At least for a new guy. Someone who knows a district and has wide experience at finding gold may locate some unclaimed ground to work. But a newbie needs to learn to work gold on producing ground and then tackle the hinterlands. Again just my opinion. I have never found any gold and I probably don't even know what I am talking about. All I know about it I learned on the internet.
  6. I'm back everyone, I didn't find anything because i didn't even make it to the destination. But close. I enjoyed myself nonetheless. My girlfriend hated every bit of it, lol. She also slipped and fell on the GM1000, scraped herself up and now the GM1000 wobbles a hair. I wont even go into the complaining I heard about walking up the hills. πŸ™‚ I got there at about 11:30am temp was about 75F. It was VERY close to highway 87. Decent dirt road to the place where we parked. Continuation to the destination needed a ATV which i didn't have. The walk to the destination is about 3750ft. The area seemed not so touched by man sorta speak. was quiet, saw a prospector come out on a ATV and rode past us. I started at the purple box. I ended up at the light blue box. (notice the white turn in the wash, i have a picture) The red box was my actual destination. I think i'm going to get a Honda Pioneer 500. I can't be spending my whole time walking to these claims. πŸ™‚ Here below is what the new area looks like. I'm to new to determine if this location looks good, but i'm guessing it looks good.
  7. We did the gas chamber in boot camp, then every year, never had my brain destroyed, still empathetic. Afterward, trying to recover, deal with the irritation, but all faculties still functioning. Didn't see any zombies, just guys with red watery eyes blowing their noses and hitting the showers-cold water felt great.
  8. In my limited experience, it won't restrict you. There are things to not disturb like corrals that will show up on google maps and the USGS maps, and wells, but other than that it has not restricted me. Not being raised on a farm, if I see a bull, I give it a very wide berth. Once in a while a cow may knock over my claim markers or poop in the creek I want to work.
  9. All I will add to the advice above, is that with the three claims you mentioned, I'd look them up in the online county recorder records by the PLSS township, range and section in Yavapai County, and in Maricopa county by the filer's last name. That will give a map of what the claim looks like. That's how I narrow down the 640 acres total and subtract from it the open claims. Using My Land Matters to further make sure its available, I check to make sure it is BLM or National Forest land. There's certain areas where prospecting is not allowed that can fall on those lands like designated Wilderness Areas, National Monuments, (I think) scenic riverways, and probably a couple I can't remember. There's a way to turn those layers on mylandmatters. I was surprised to find out how many of those mining restricted areas exist. Can't remember if it is the mining claims section or elsewhere. Once I narrow down the place I want to go, I will bring up county records to look for filings within the last couple of weeks. Land Matters does not update daily, but updates every couple of weeks. They also pull from the BLM database, and not the hundreds of counties. Someone needs to file with the county to make the claim official and can delay the filing with the BLM. That way I can know the land I'm going to is open. Once on site, I also do a due diligence look that the area is not claimed. It takes up to two weeks for a claim to appear in the recorders office when I file with the county, so boots on the ground can show someone just barely beat you there. When I do this, I have confidence that this area I'm going to is open. The only time I didn't do this and let someone else do my work, I showed up and someone told me the area I was looking at was claimed. Since I could not back up me being there, I left, and later found out that 20 acres was actually still open. Doing it right, I'll spend 40 hours of time researching the section I will be prospecting before putting boots on ground. Planned development can interfere with a claim. For example, somewhere West of the White tanks mountains, a 2,000' wide I-11 corridor will be built which will go by Aguilla and somewhat close to the vulture mine. There's no real decision on the route yet. Another thing is to research the BLM's local district travel plans. Over the next few years, the BLM will restrict motorized vehicle usage in 60% of its lands. I found this out after going to the Hassunyumpa district and finding I could not drive as far to the potential claim as I wanted because I saw a "Road Closed to Motorized Vehicles." Ended up getting there, but had to walk a mile and a half further than I planned. I found that particular area valueless, but a lithium company went through and claimed that section. Still can't find the Hassunyumpa TMP, so I don't know what roads are open until I get out there. Sucks when road closures ruin a week of planning. There's some things I'm not that smart on like the BLM plats and the decades of looking through federal registers that will show land withdrawn from prospecting. I like what Bob said about finding areas that are claimed up, and finding an open 10 or 20 acres in that section to look at. I will only caution in the LSD area local to me, on the fringe of the gold bearing zones, I think there's clusters of areas claimed that I feel are worthless, that are only claimed because that section has 19 claims in it compared to much fewer for the surrounding sections, so "it must be good."
  10. Yeah. I make him nervous. I have a few of these guys all wrapped around the axle and poor Skip has to deal with it. He thinks he has to keep guys from kicking up too much dirt. Skip is a good guy though. It's that foul tempered and aggravating Mike Furness that is the granny of the bunch. I think his serotonin and dopamine levels are outta whack from snorting that dimple dust for so many years. Don't get me started on that Swellbelly Hillbeaver rascal. He's as curly as a boar's noodle and twice as slippery. He babbles on about crap in some strange language. He actually blurts out stuff on his keyboard. He e-blurts. It's like he has Tourette's and then hits the enter key. It's freaking shocking sometimes. There are a bunch of other three legged post hole diggers in this joint as well. So it would be wise to be wary. Skip knows the dangers and he just didn't want your post to get out of hand.
  11. Multiple use policy of of BLM land that includes grazing leases generally is open to prospecting. The problem often seems to be having to cross private property to get to an unclaimed section of public land. If that is the case, the property owner can restrict access to his land to prevent access to the public land. Ranchers with grazing leases can not exclude other multiple use participants such as campers, prospecting etc but there may be existing laws which govern how and where such use can be exercised, such as proximity to water holes, wildlife and so on.
  12. In General, prospecting on UNCLAIMED BLM and National Forest land is lawful (1872 Mining Act), and allowed, (subject to applicable rules and regulations of those jurisdictional agencies) However, State land (State Trust Land) is closed to mineral entry, meaning no prospecting allowed. There may be individual exceptions to prospecting on State Trust Property (so I'm told) but a special application procedure is required which is costly and involves a somewhat lengthy process. (details may be obtained by contacting the agency of interest)
  13. You need to learn the rules from the BLM. It is a bit more complicated than Skip presents it. In short if it is not claimed and there are no other restrictions then yes, you can pan and do small sampling. State land is not public land like BLM. State land is private land and you generally can't prospect at all. Different States have different rules but the ones I am familiar with do not allow prospecting. You asked a huge question. One that requires a lot more than a simple answer. A little research on these threads and some time spent on the subject is the only proper way to answer the question. Finding a spot is the key to finding gold. The land research and laws are as steep a learning curve for new guys as the prospecting techniques. Here is my best advice to a newbie. Don't look for "open ground" because you aren't going to find squat. Look for the most tightly held claims in the district and get as close as you can to that. It will be a pantload easier to get on real gold by meeting people and learning who is who in a district than trying to learn to prospect in an "open" area. I often ask forgiveness instead of permission. I have also noticed that the gold is a lot brighter on corporate land. And you will find many ounces of gold before you will find "open" ground worth working. Just my two cents.
  14. If the area is opened to mineral exploration, and not already claimed for either a lode or placer claim or any other mineral claim, you can do any kind of prospecting your heart desires, i.e. metal detecting, dry washing, sluicing, panning, magnetic imaging, divining rods, and even psychic readings, etc.
  15. Sorry guys I now have them both I got them a while back from him Mike C...
  16. It is my understanding that ranchers can lease land for grazing. This keeps food on my plate so its a good thing ;) But can they restrict you from claims? If so how? Thanks for the answers and your time folks. I know I am dropping questions like a mad man.
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  18. Not sure if I still have it, may have sold it a while back.
  19. Patrick, Let me check to see if I still have it. its been a while since I posted this,.
  20. No I mean if its a open claim. Meaning nobody has renewed or filed a claim on the area. But is BLM or state land.
  21. This forum was recommended, it's where my in-laws like to hang out. They tell me interesting things they've learned here so... Looking forward to it!
  22. I would like the Meteorite book if still available.
  23. I have tessted it on another mineral, it just does not react as much,this machine goes above a reading and beeps for another reason lol
  24. Got it. Thank you. Holding out just a bit for a 5k. Who's got one?!
  25. Way to go Scott. My season ended in August thanks to LHC sending me out of town.
  26. I really don't think its a diamond. You could always take it to a pawn shop and see what they say. I don't think it'd be nice though. The picture makes it look like a piece of concrete, but when I magnify the picture it looks like an average piece of quarts I used to find in the glacial gravels in Massachusetts.
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