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  1. 22 points
    Eleven targets to be exact. Had a few hours this morning, so I made a quick trip up the hill and once again visited the 'ol Thrashed and Hammered club claim. I started off in a gully that I've worked thoroughly in the past. It's narrow and steep on the sides and a lot of the dirt I've shoveled out, has made it's way back in via the monsoon storms. I found a little rusty piece of tin and was getting ready to move on when I got a signal at the base of someone else's old throw pile. It turned out to be a little skunk buster I poked around there for a few more minutes and then moved on so I could stop into another spot before I had to head home. When I got to the other spot... which has also been beat to death over the years.... I figured I would just take a walk and see if I could spot any 'changes' since I'd last been there. Right off, I noticed someone had raked/moved some material into the center of the gully. The material caused the water to flow to the left and had scrubbed the bedrock clean. So I fired up the SDC again and went at it. Turned out, there were no targets in the little run of exposed bedrock. But when I reached the 'end', I found a signal up on the side where the bank material was sloughing off and into the gully. A scrape with my pick and now crumbly bedrock was showing and the target was more pronounced. I ended up finding three little dinks there in about the next 15 minutes. I decided I would leave whatever might still be under the 'bank' for another time and went upstream to another area of bedrock that's been exposed for years. It's the same location where I had my 'first 5 in one day' a couple years back. I've been over this ground many times with different detectors. Most of the loose material has been long ago washed away. To my surprise, I got a clear signal on the bedrock over a little pocket that was about 3-4 inches deep. After scraping out the gravels and blowing out the leaves and stuff, I was still getting a strong signal but wasn't seeing anything. I picked up a little twig and started scraping along the cracks and then I saw it. Since I was already having a good day, I wasn't in such a hurry and decided to go back and grab my phone to take some in-situ pics. It looked more obvious in person than it turned out in the picture. Next time, I'll dribble some water on it so it will stand out a little more. So after that, I had a few more minutes and I continued up another 15 feet and got another signal right in the gut of the gully. That signal was actually three targets and they were all gold !! I wasn't expecting much today. Mostly just went to get out of the house and stretch my legs some. It's been awhile since I've had an eight nugget day. Looking forward to the next. Luke The long skinny nugget is in the center of the above picture to the right of the little pebble and the shadow is pointing to it.
  2. 21 points
    The heat sure kicks in quick ! boulder dash and I set out to find some gold today. From dry washing a steep hillside, to placering for gold. You can see how close we are to the top of the hill. Managed a few coarse pieces from 7 buckets of sample runs. The dry washing was not going as good as we hoped, so we set out on a mission to find placer nuggets. I found the ones on the lower, and boulder dashes are on top...Note the nice coarse hillside specimen beeped by boulder dash Its out there folks !
  3. 18 points
    Out patch hunting with boulder dash last Sunday, I managed to find a few small pieces. Boulder dash scored some pieces too. These are the ones I found. I did not get a picture of Boulder dash`s gold though. Its out there folks !
  4. 17 points
    I woke up early this morning and drove out to the desert to meet up with the 2 Toms. We went to a place where a couple of claims had been dropped earlier this year and it turned out to be a good thing. 'Younger Tom' and I walked up a gully for a distance and when it split, he went left and I went right. After a couple hours and a couple dozen bullet fragments, I found a .22 bullet in some decaying bedrock on the side of the gully. After retrieving my 'prize', I noticed the whitish grey material that seems to trend with the particular bedrock. I've found gold in stuff like that before. So I scraped the loose material down and exposed the decayed bedrock clay stuff. Within a couple minutes I located a signal and had a little dink in the scoop. So now... I know there's gold here. I started working my way out and around the area, carefully maneuvering the coil and also moving any loose material that prevented me from getting the coil to the soil. After awhile, and a few feet to the east, I found a threshold warble. The 'disturbance' was centered over what at first, looked like an iron stone, then it turned out to be a rotting mesquite tree root. Once the root was relocated, the signal sharpened up quite a bit, and I was fairly certain it was going to be gold. Tom also scored a nugget in the other gully and now we've got a 'new' area to explore. Good Times. Luke
  5. 13 points
    Boy, you talk about a beautiful (weather-wise) day to be out,...this one was it!! It was clouded and overcast and there was a mist-like rain that greeted me when I opened my front door this morning around 7 am. The air was coooooool, and I could hardly wait to get out. When I finally got into this new wash around 8:30 it began to sprinkle a bit heavier,.....man it felt GREAT!!!! The rest of the day (up till about noon when my battery died ) had on-and-off rains come in that where "just-Right"---not too much to drench you, and the humidity was low. I was detecting toward upstream when I approached this inside bend where I saw a nice looking exposed-quartz vein ( contact zone) that had cut thru the decomposed granite bedrock. Not more than a foot down stream of it I got this nice mellow signal (not the loud and obnoxeous ones you get from trash). Nothing big,....but it's gold..........I'm ready for more weather like this...........with a fully-charged battery next time. Gary
  6. 12 points
    Got some specimen gold out of a mine dump, the larger one and the other with allot of rock were from a larger specimen I broke because had no gold showing, I know photo sux, was cell phone and it is clearer on the video at youtube. Hope some of you scored today as well....
  7. 12 points
    So I am getting ready for work and into the room comes Tammy in cargo pants and detecting gear in hand I gotta go to work I says, have a good day she says and off her and Bruno go on the buggy gold hunting.
  8. 11 points
    I like to revisit the big nugget finds and (re-post) the photos once in awhile, especially at this time of the year when cooler weather allows for extended treks to the gold fields. There was a time not that long ago, when disclosing the location of big nugget finds was frowned upon, and would likely get a flaming response from certain members of the Nugget Hunting Fraternity. I trust that's not the case here. As a Newbie, I remember being inspired by first hand accounts of lunker type discoveries, and even rumors of a big nugget find would get my attention. I salivated over the possibility of such a find, however unlikely that might be. I read and re-read all of Jim Straight's publications, paying particular attention to discussions of secondary, (supergene) enrichment and wondering in fascination as to how a nugget could ever get that big, (under what geologic conditions) and where?, a nugget of this size might be found. The answer as exemplified by the attached photo, was Humboldt and Pershing Co. Nevada. More specifically, the Eugene Mts. S/W of Winnemuca, NV. The 23 oz. nugget in the photograph was found by Richard (Dick) Bailey, of Imlay, NV, using a Whites Goldmaster. Hopefully, current and future gold hunters who aspire to discover big nuggets will continue to be inspired, (as much as I, and many others have been), by stories and photographs passed down from those who made these great finds and took the time to share their stories. Additional detailed posts and discussion to follow.
  9. 11 points
    Been waiting to do this for some time and got the chance today!
  10. 10 points
    While detecting in an exposed bedrock section (while working my way upstream) in a wash today, I noticed something "juicy." It was a naturally-formed riffle that had formed in the exposed granite bedrock up about 5 ft from me. In my mind I thought: That would be an ideal spot for a nugget to drop and be sucked up under the ridge of that riffle. The riffle was probably only about 5" wide, but ideally, it was positioned in the lowest part of the wash. Although I continued detecting, slowly working my way up to the riffle, my "minds-eye" could see that nugget there. I could hardly contain myself to continue slowly detecting where I was at, because I just knew that there was a nugget there. It even slowed me down a little more when I had to stop a couple of times to dig lead targets,..."drats" When I finally reached the spot and swung my coil over the riffle,....it was there!!! It was a nice-mellow signal that I had hoped would be there. When I took my digging tool and dug out the little bit of sand and clay mixture, out came that little-bit-of-yellow that we all enjoy seeing. It isn't a real big nugget, but it was where I knew it would be. My detector really didn't find it,..I did,....my coil just pointed out where it was. The last picture is of a quartz vein cutting thru (contact zone) the exposed granite bedrock, which was about a foot-or-so upstream of the riffle. Happy Hunting all. Gary
  11. 10 points
    Found 2 small pieces this morning!😊
  12. 9 points
    Here is my patch hunting take. Had a late start and only managed 5 to 6 hours of detecting.
  13. 9 points
    She's still learnin'.... I wait until my wife has already left for work, then I load the truck.
  14. 8 points
    Hi All, I was sitting in the living room last evening and looking over my summers pile of maps and places to go and that lead to me getting out my Woody modded Nugget Sniffin' GP 3500 and getting it all ready to go which made the itch even worse It has been a long summer and though it has been fun chasing the local dinks from LSD etc. I am just wanting to get out with the PI into the deeper desert patches and new areas I have on the list. There is gold in those hills and I think I have some good solid leads for this season, but alas this weekend will not be cool enough for camping comfortably so will his some spots to our West this weekend in the morning hours once again... Hope some of you get out and ya don't have the itch worse than I do almost as bad as chiggers.... Just a few more weeks and prime hunting weather for months!.
  15. 8 points
    Great news! I made use of my time at Holbrook this weekend. It was very hot and I thought my rental might get stuck but with the help of Bob and other guys on this forum I got where I needed to be and after a few hours of scavenging around I found some little Holbrook mets. I think the rain we had earlier in the week and the high winds played to my advantage as most of the top layer had been mixed around quite a bit. Thanks for the help with my first finds!
  16. 8 points
    But there will not be any adults there Mike
  17. 8 points
    Why you gotta do that? Dad Gum It, now I got to re ponder my earlier ponder to wander..... Tammy just said "where is GB"
  18. 7 points
    About a week or so ago I started out to "clean" the YOTO out and get it all ready for the upcoming prospecting season. Well, one thing led to another and then this happened! Lot of work but well worth it. Have a ton of storage in the sides now and the back is nice and clean. Had to make a map of where everything is stored.I carry a lot of extra stuff in case it breaks down back in the hills. Yah! its done.
  19. 7 points
    Dick Bailey Nugget Con't: When we got to the spot where Dick said he found the nugget, he pointed out several things that I found interesting. First, he mentioned that most of the other nugget hunters in the area had been detecting up too high and not down past the "toe of the slope" He showed me a topo map of the area and visually lined up a gold mine high up toward the crest of the ridge. With the mine as a guide over his shoulder, he had hunted down slope along that visual line beginning at the "toe", until he had reached a fairly flat area of sagebrush and several inches of alluvium, where he found the nugget at "about 8" or so deep." He also said there was a known "patch" up slope in the vicinity that had yielded several good sized (but not huge) nuggets in the past, and everybody had gotten used to detecting close to the known area. Because he had never seen anyone "further down", he decided to give it a shot and it paid off. To the tune of $15,000.00 cash, so he said, which he used to buy a mobile home that he lived in at the time. I asked Dick, that since he found the nugget with a White's detector (and 14" coil), and he was then using a Fisher's GB-2, why he had switched, and if he had contacted White's about a promotional sponsorship, including a complimentary new detector?. He showed some anger and replied that he had indeed contacted White's, told them about the find and discussed a sponsorship arraignment, similar to the one that Terry Bone previously had with them. He said they had turned him down with the excuse that he wasn't a "professional" nugget hunter! He was genuinely indignant about it and swore he would never use another White's detector as long as he lived. When I saw him again a few years later, he was still using the Gold Bug -2. In memory of Richard Bailey who passed in 2011. Thanks Dick. R.I.P.
  20. 7 points
  21. 7 points
    New boat did great...got to add fish finder, seats with cushions,,,,,,,,and a little taller in height. caught lots of small ones, small mouth bass and striper. Kept 4 for a meal, smallest was 14 inch and the big one was 18inch....good fighters.
  22. 7 points
    Bill, you should have taught her to go to work, while you hunt gold... Once, up in northern Cal I was hanging drywall in Quincy. The owner was a fellow prospector. His wife watched the store, kept house and did all things domestic. The real kicker came when we were outside. I picked up a diamond wedge for splitting wood and asked him how he liked it. His reply, : I don't know man, ask the wife, I am not into splitting wood...…………………….. fred
  23. 7 points
    Yes, of course. All are welcome, unless we owe you money!!
  24. 7 points
    So I'll give y'all the same explanation I gave in another forum. Assuming you are married, let me remind you of that time when you decided to ask your girlfriend to marry you. You had to buy an engagement ring. So where did you go to look for that Gold Engagement Ring? Did you hurry on down to your local meat market? Oh, maybe you went to Pep Boys auto-parts. Oh, I know, you went to Payless Shoe store, right? Chances are pretty good you went to a Jewelry store. Do you know why? Because that's where the engagement rings are! You didn't walk out of that Jewelry store with a ring and say, "Dad gum it, like I have always said, gold engagement rings are where you find them." No, gold engagement rings are found where they are most likely to be; in a jewelry store. Now granted, you may go into some department store and lo and behold, you discover they have a jewelry counter. You didn't expect it, you are quite surprised. Same thing happens in gold nugget hunting. Every once in a while you get surprised and find a gold nugget in a place were you would not normally invest your time looking. Oh I know, there are some of you who are going to say, I found two ounces of nuggets in an area that should have never had gold. Really? Then why were you there? It may have been conditions that were unlike places where you had found gold before, but I can almost bet that you had already found gold nearby, or knew the area to be gold bearing, and that knowledge is what took you there, instead of going to Nelson Nevada. (I'll explain Nelson Nevada in a minute.) For the most part, successful nugget hunters don't go swinging their detectors in a K-Mart parking lot, because that is not where the gold is. "Gold is where you find it." is just a cute catch phrase. It's like you "always find your keys in the last place you look." Bottom line is, the greatest majority of gold is found by experienced people who have paid their dues and learned how and where to look for gold. Let me tell you a little story on myself. It's 1990, I decide that I'm going to start finding gold using a metal detector. Now I'm a smart ass, I don't need no training. I'm going to get a metal detector, I'm going to do some research and I'm going to find some gold, because gold is where you find it. Where is the best place to find gold? Where it has already been found. So I do some research and find out that in Nelson Nevada there were millions and millions of dollars worth of gold found and that was when gold was $35 an ounce. Gold is where you find it, and those old timers found it there. They found it in the Jubilee mine, the Manhattan mine, heck it was all over the place. I find a Minelab dealer who is willing to sell me a machine at a few hundred dollars over cost. He was back east, he didn't sell any gold machines, but he did some research and found me a Minelab machine that said right on the box an endorsement, "Hot on gold!" Yes, I got me a Minelab that was HOT ON GOLD! It was an Excalibur! Three months later I found out that meant the gold it was hot on was jewelry found on the beach. Three months of going to Nelson 3 to 4 days a week and nothing. All of those enormous mines and I couldn't find anything. WHY? Because I had learned just enough to be stupid, but not enough to find gold. I finally got some training. Here's what I found out. First, the Excalibur is not a gold nugget machine. Second, gold nuggets host rock is generally quartz with a mix of granite, ironstone, etc. etc. The host rock in Nelson was monzonite. There is no detectable gold in Nelson because all the gold found in Nelson was microscopic. Mining was done by blasting, assaying, crushing the ore and leaching the gold out with potassium cyanide. Now there was gold there to find, but I didn't have the knowledge or equipment to find it. So the title "Gold is not where you find it" is followed up with the explanation "Gold is found where it is most likely to be." If that is not the case then we all need to stay away from places like Quartzsite, and LDS, and Rye Patch, and Rich Hill. The point of my article is that in order to find gold you need to learn how to look for gold in the places it is most likely to be found. You need training and knowledge if you are going to learn where it is most likely to be. Get training from experienced people like Bill. You need to know your machine, a little about geology, being alert for clues of old workings, ancient stream beds, hand stacking, checking under bushes, rolling rocks, mineralized soil quartz, black sand, dry washings, etc. etc. The Gold is where you find it, is too simplistic and implies that finding gold is just a stroke of luck and anyone could stumble upon a nugget anywhere. I suppose that could happen. Anything is possible. But is it likely? Would you rather spend your time hoping you get struck by lightening, or would you rather Bill train you that if you strip naked, wet yourself down, stick a hose up your butt, climb up in a tall tree and hold two metal golf clubs up in the air as high as you can during a thunder storm, you have a better than average chance of being shocked at the outcome? Like the famous bank robber Willy Sutton answered when asked "Why do you rob banks?" "Because that's where the money is!" Doc
  25. 7 points
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