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  1. 37 points
    ….well, so far. So I went out the other day on a last minute hunt. During this busy time of year, it's a real relief to get out and go to my 'happy place'. I'd been looking at this 'new' area for a while now. I can actually almost see it from the other side of the 'canyon' and I finally made it over there to check it out. So glad I did. I found the large specimen within the first 10 minutes of turning the detector on. Right after I found a 'large' chunk of iron. After that, about every 30 minutes or so, I dug a piece of gold. The gully I was in, was just narrow enough to be able to detect it fully while standing in the middle. All of the pieces except for two were found in the gut, right where you'd expect to find gold. The large 'solid' nugget was found on a bench where the gully made a 90 degree turn. It was on the surface..... Obviously, I'll be going back in the near future. I'm curious to see what I left behind. Here's some pics. All of the day's finds, including trash targets, are pictured. I didn't find the coin. Hope y'all had a Merry Christmas !! Good Luck out there !! Luke
  2. 30 points
    Been looking at an extremely remote creek on Google Earth for a while. Teamed up with boulder dash for what we already knew, would be a challenging day. The detour around the waterfall was by far, the most physical of all I have come across. Once we arrived my first 10 targets were gold. Boulder dash followed suit with his gold soon enough. A search for the source will likely be on the horizon early summer. Detectors used : GP3K, SD2200, GM1K, GBII Here, boulder dash hunts a bench. A fine coarse nugget as it was found: Almost all the gold found yesterday. Mine on left, Bd`s on right
  3. 30 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
  4. 29 points
    Like I said yesterday it's been 2 months and one day since I had found gold! Today ended that! Woot!😁
  5. 26 points
    Found my biggest one this weekend! A total of five nuggets!😊
  6. 26 points
    I enjoy trying to find new ground and get fairly lucky from time to time. Of course, that can mean you get a few skunks in between. Heck, sometimes more than a few. But this trip is what makes up for those times. The day started out normal enough. Way out in the desert away from the city. Away from the stress, away from the noise. Just me and my truck scrambling to get to a place I had just detected a couple weeks earlier. On a previous trip, I had found a couple dinks in this shallow wash. It was a little strange because there were no rocks thrown out of the wash or hand stacks or dry wash tailings. It just looked good to me. Basically, earlier prospectors either missed the area or it just didn’t show worth it in their gold pan. And it had already given up two small pieces of gold to me, which did not even add up to a gram. And after finding these pieces I had continued a couple hundred feet up the wash and the ground just got ugly. Me, being the expert geologist (sarcasm) I decided to jump to the next wash and search there instead of finishing the entire wash Of course nothing else was found in this second wash. But on this trip, I wanted to finish that wash. Simply because it was the right thing to do … and as my friends always say … Beep It All!! And so I did. Only 50 feet or so where I left the wash previously, I hit nugget after nugget after nugget, until I had reached a new GPZ record of 11 pcs. Even with my GM1000, my record was only 10pcs. So this turned out to be a great day. The largest piece was 5.5 grams. Most of the others pieces were over a gram but a couple were smaller. Total weight was ½ ounce. Here is the quartz stringer I believe most of the gold likely eroded from. It was in the bottom of the wash and ran right down the center. Note the red hematite along with it. And here are a couple gold pics It's still out there!
  7. 25 points
    My Texan son-in-law is visiting for the holidays. So I took him with me for a half-day to some open range in Southern California on a cold, windy, not so sunny day. I used my 7000 and he used my Gold Monster 1000. He is not a prospector and had never used one before. His familiarity with metal detecting is minimal having accompanied me on maybe 3 or 4 day trips over the past 16 years. On those occasions he used a GB2. So I figured that after I gave him a 5 minute crash course on the 1000 he could pretty much operate on his own without the need for me to coach. But I wasn't expecting him to nail this 4 gram beauty, especially after the snow began falling. Nor was I anticipating my own return home covered with skunk stripes. I suspect not many nuggets like this surface very often out of the Pecos.
  8. 24 points
    Boulder dash and I got out for a day and he just smoked me ! Lots of hard work in the new spots but it looks like I need to chose a different area Enjoy !! Boulderdash`s is on right Mine on the left ......
  9. 24 points
    Got out today around the LSD area, and waved to Bill as we passed each other . The thunderstorms almost bullied me out of this spot , but I stuck it out. Glad I hung around, as I found a very fine piece of wire gold...Enjoy !
  10. 24 points
    Got out today for a few hours in a spot Boulderdash and I have nearly worked out. After much placering and praying , I managed to find a few gorgeous nuggets. The gold here is Isometric . It can be anything from square cubes, triangles to flat rectangles etc.... Two of the nuggets pictured were found 15 feet from the source. Can you guess which two ? I did not weigh them .. Enjoy !
  11. 24 points
    Well, its been a while..but, myself and some friends were finally able to get over some gold! Went back to Road wash. to hit it again after about a year of letting the rains move some stuff around. Road wash didnt give up anything, but......Golden diaper wash did! Went back to a trib James found about 7 grams in, and I had gotten 3 grams after him. Stuff was moved around and I was able to get another gram out of it. I get almost to the top and Luke comes over from hunting another parallel trib that did not give up anything. I told him to go up in front of me and hit the rest but he didnt want to take my "new" ground and said he would just detect over the wash I had come up.....Well........he spanked my butt!!! I missed some. And he got the most with 2 grams. Either due to my smaller coil, He had a 15" and really good ears, or going too fast or im just a retard Anyway.... He hit a nice one about a foot downstream from one I had to chip out 8 inches of bedrock to get to. I just plain missed that other one. DOH!. But it was all for the good. Scott was able to score a little guy with his SDC he got from Bill also. Luke gave him a lot of great pointers on using it. All in all it was a fantastic day out in the hills with friends, finding gold and helping each other. YAH~~~ Tom H.
  12. 24 points
    Yesterday I was able to make it out with the kiddos for a relaxed day of prospecting. Normally, if I take them with me its to a known spot and we spend most of our time on known patches. This trip I decided to do some exploring with them on new ground. Usually by myself I will hit quite a few washes in a day, having a four and seven year old in tow I only chose one wash to check out and it was only a half mile from the road. Well, lucky for me we didn’t even get 500’ from the road when we came across a nice section of bedrock in a small wash that caught my eye. Next, I noticed rock stacks on both sides that were washed down and difficult to recognize, it looked like one of adam’s “after” pics. I got down to check things out and spotted a tiny little sunbaker on bedrock, the smallest piece in the pics below. Lets get to placering! We spent a good portion of the day at this spot goofing around and could hear the roar of RZR’s going by throughout the day. The work was easy as the overburden was shallow and the big rocks were removed, someone had to of already placered and detected this section as we got the same amount of trash targets as gold targets, normally in a spot this close to the road I would find at least 50 BB’s. I haven’t been out but a few times in 2018 so I was a little rusty with the GM1000. Thick, moist, black sand deposits, quarter size hematite chunks and noisy bedrock made things a little tricky, lots of overload signals. It took some extra work to verify I wasn’t missing gold masked by those other targets. In the end we had a great time and I couldn’t have asked for a better day out, and an added bonus is the kids slept great last night!
  13. 24 points
    Hey Everyone, Got out for a day hunt, hunting a trashy wash. This wash was full of old staples, and screamed on the Zed. After digging seems like the 100th staple, I decided to just stick to the sides of the wash, hoping to avoid these little bastards, which were all down the length of the wash. Not 10 minutes hunting the side of the wash, I got a screaming signal in the entrance to an animal hole, large enough to fit a turtle or fox in the side of the wash. Thinking oh great, another staple, I dug the entrance floor to the animal hole with my scoop, and waved the detector over it the scooped out pile, and zang !!!! I looked down at the small pile and saw the nugget right on top. Got it home and cleaned it up, it ended up being 7.9 grams. I hunted that wash for most of the day, pulling out probably another 100 staples . Until next time.... Dave
  14. 24 points
    Man, did I ever find out how badly out of shape I'm in after pretty much just hanging out during our frying pan hot summer doing my "Honey Do List" chores. Well, the weather finally has dropped and yesterday I wanted to get out into the higher elevations before deer season opened up. I managed to snag these four before I ran out of gas -- 2.12g all told, the largest one a hefty .74g. No sooner did I get back home when the skies opened up and we were hit with around 2" at the house amidst a terrific "donnor und blitzen" show. The trusty GPZ 7000 came through again...
  15. 23 points
    Im up to 29 nuggets now!😁
  16. 23 points
    So Bill was hunting with the GPZ 7000 today. He found a target and after digging it up some lost the target and got frustrated and gave the target to me and I dug this up. I call it the teamwork nugget!😄
  17. 23 points
    Found my second half gram nugget! Last one was 7 months ago!😁
  18. 23 points
    Got a little nugget today! It's been 3 months!😆
  19. 23 points
    I only had one day for the outing so I had to make it count. Hit some old areas and actually found a new area with extremely old handstacks. The handstacks were completely covered in lichen and appeared to be old. This new area deserves more attention when time allows. Wish I could of stayed longer. Gold total is 2.6 grams.
  20. 23 points
    I can't tell you how close I was to writing this target off as another bullet or surface trash. So many times after I get a strong surface signal and the target moves after the first boot swipe I write it off as trash. This is where I have to thank the guys on the forum ( You have to dig every target). I cannot tell you how excited I was when I noticed the glimpse of gold sticking out of the scoop of dirt! 22.6 gram specimen.
  21. 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.
  22. 22 points
    I managed to catch a break in the weather and make it out recently. No luck in several new washes so I hit a past producer for myself on the way out, I placered a few feet to what I thought was bedrock sticking up through the overburden, turns out it was a boulder with gravels wedged under it. It was too heavy to roll out of the way so with my pick I could only shimmy it over about a foot and prop it up, that was all it took to expose some hiding spots for gold. .8 of a gram between the two.
  23. 22 points
    Leverite and I got some color today near Arivaca, AZ. The one on the right was detected with my new ebay "used" Joey Coil that was pratically brand new and the GPX 5K. The others were sniffed out by the GM 1000...
  24. 22 points
    Had the monster out for a couple of hours and was having no luck, lots of iron. Then hit a bigger target, it was bouncing between iron and gold. Few inches down on top of bed rock a muddy chunky rock came out and I could see a little gold showing. Washed it off and it's a real beauty. Total weight is 16.6 grams, did the gravity tests and seems there's 7 grams gold.
  25. 22 points
    Venturing into one of the most remote canyons in Arizona, I found gold . Put the quad on its side, and found Vanadinite ! All in a day A piece of gold sunbaking on a bench 3 feet up and out of the creek: Vanadinite, Cowboy Mine? 3.1 grams in gold ......New wash needs more attention....To be continued
  26. 22 points
    I've dug I don't know how many targets since starting this adventure last February, this one turned out to be gold! Was working tailing piles and exposed bedrock from a mine worked in the early 1900's. Weight was .7 grams. Mr. Southern you have a lot to do with this find. Your videos taught me what to look for, to stay positive and probably the most important lesson, keep it fun. Thank you sir and keep the video's coming!!
  27. 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.
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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..
  31. 21 points
    Wow, "gold fever" is a real thing. I got back about 4pm, after finding my first nugget, and I swear, my hands are still a little shaky. I have been out every day weather would allow, swinging slowly away with the Equinox, and today was the day my coil and a small nugget converged! It weighs in at .25 gram, but it might as well be a pound, for as excited as I am! I was running in Gold 1, sensitivity at 19, Iron Bias 0, Ground Tracking on, and threshold adjusted for my lousy hearing. The target flickered at -8/-9, but I scuffed the small rocks away with my boot, and got a solid 1 on the TDI. I've quite a few bullets, and enough #8 shot for a couple boxes worth of trap loads, but somehow, in a way I can't put into words, this one sounded "different". I got it out of the ground no problem, but I didn't think it was gold, at first. It was caked in brown dirt, and I thought it was a tiny piece of rusty iron. A few quick scrubs, and I knew it was gold! I have to admit, the first thing I did was look around, to see if there was anybody watching. I don't know what I expected, out in the middle of BLM nowhere, but I suddenly pictured every expert, with a high dollar detector to come speeding in, jump out of the truck, and clean off the hillside. I hunted for another half hour, but had to bail back to town before dark. Tomorrow, that hillside will be beaten within an inch of it's life. Question for the experts, does the fact that the nugget looks rough, with Quartz on it mean that it might not have come from far away? The hillside I found it on is open desert for a hundred yards uphill, where there is an outcropping of bedrock. Google maps shows a pretty clear, but small flood channel right from there, to within a few feet of where I found the nugget. I plan to follow that uphill, for lack of a better plan. Any input would be of great help! Huge thanks to Bill Southern. I called and chatted with him tonight, to thank him for the excellent video series. I am a self-teaching kind of guy, and the internet is my classroom. I used a ton of tips from Bill's videos to get to this first small find. I believe I will go crack a cold one, and de-jangle my nerves a little. Regards, Kyle
  32. 21 points
    A lot of 1st for me this weekend. I had a suprise trip sprung on me due to my wife’s late work day on Friday. We were due for Vegas and I was not going to sit in traffic so I said well I guess you can fly there and I’ll pick you up🤗. She said that’s what I was thinking maybe you can go gold hunting somewhere 🤗🤗🤗🙏. So I took off at 3am on the road. I didn’t sleep much due to my excitement. So excited I got pulled over going 73 in a 55. I won’t disclose the agency but let’s just say I guess I’m in his system for being an armed fire investigator so he told me to slow down. No ticket given (nugget #1 for the day. I had a plan and stuck to it. No reception so I relied on google image pictures I took before the trip to know how to navigate. It was super foggy at 7am so much I drove into the thickness of it way back in the hills. I stretched my legs and back from the drive and hit the trail. 3 hours of swigging and hiking with nothing to show. I then hit a friends old patch thinking you can’t get it all but he may have. Nice work Chris. I then didn’t have a plan and needed to pick up the wife by 7:15p. I don’t get out a ton and certainly not here so one energy drink down and round 2. I hit some similar looking ground as my friends patch. Sort of a desert pavement mixed with a chunky broken caliche chunks. No dice. I got lost coming out and made my own road. Thank God for Jeeps! I then with low spirits hit a wash way up in the hills by some old mining activity. My first target was a totally knarly screamer which made sense after I uncovered a hash pipe. My second target was a small specimen which I yelled out loud because I actually found gold. I could pack up right then and be happy. I then got another sweet mellow hit in the middle of the wash. After getting to bedrock I could recover a target. I then split the bedrock with my pick and screw driver to get a nice thick boot tack. Onward to 2 other targets which were gold and bullet casings and can fragments. Well my 1st gold in Nevada, 1st specimen gold, 1st over an ounce nugget (specimen), 1st finding a wet stack of dynamite 🧨 next to a hard rock drilled vein, 1st getting out of a ticket in another state🤷🏼‍♂️. So I haven’t done a specific gravity test but may I join the 1 ounce club😳. This thing feels heavy. Anyway thanks for sharing my day. Brownie
  33. 21 points
    Had to do some patch hunting last night. The moon was full and the weather was nice a cool. Hit many areas for a deeper beeper skunk until my headlamp started getting quickly dim. Stopped by a old patch on my way out and managed these 6 pieces in about 5 minutes . I checked my time and it was 11:30pm and time to head home. I've always been impressed with the vlf as to how small it can find.
  34. 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 !
  35. 21 points
    Hey all !! I just thought I would make a post and show some gold that I found over the last couple years. It's not all of it and some was bigger, but this is 'average gold'. I say that because if you are looking for gold with a detector, this is the size that you may find, on average. At least that's how it's been for me. I'll post two pics. The lighting was different and brings out more character. So here's some eye candy to raise everyone's fever a notch or two. 20 grams of Central Arizona gold. Enjoy !! Luke
  36. 21 points
    Challenging to get to, and never been a wash to give up much gold. I hunted this remote canyon today for a few hours, mostly attempting to find out where the gold is coming from. Heres a couple insitu shots ... Here`s a old file that has been manipulated into a crevicing tool? Just under a gram....
  37. 21 points
    Well this weekend Tammy tagged her 6th nugget and busted her first gram of detected gold. I was training a customer on Saturday and she decided to tag along.... She is loving her Gold Monster 1000
  38. 20 points
    Here's a nice nugget found in Lost Basin near Meadview, AZ. Used a Minelab 5000 and some serious digging to get to it. Stayed at the Canyons End Motel. Nice Folks. Miner Friendly. Bob
  39. 20 points
    Boulder dash and I got out for a few hours today hunting for a new patch. Boulder dash may be onto something. He scored a few very coarse fresh gold specimens...The search continues I got the skunk, but here`s Boulder dash`s take.. res one Up in the mountains I noticed there was not a moon, so I took a few photos...Here is one. There is gold out there folks...
  40. 20 points
    Got out today for a while, quite a ways up in a very large drainage. Bedrock was hard to find, but sometimes you just have to persist. 1 gram even......
  41. 20 points
    Its nice when they don't fit in the bottle ! EVEN when ya use a wide mouth container ! New coil NF 13x17 EVO, GPX4500, detailed "tuning" = Arizona Gold Nice 8.9 grammer rough an knarly that's the way we like em here ! Been awhile since I was out swingin. Happy St. Paddy's Day !
  42. 20 points
    Hey all... So I set out today with the intent of finding some gold with the Equinox 800 I picked up from Bill last month. I went back to the hillside patch known as "My First Dink Patch". Myself and several others have been over this ground a few times and I've really 'hit it hard' with the SDC. I figured it would be a good place to start, and also to see how the 800 handles the ground. Right off, I was finding birdshot that I missed with the SDC. The very smallest ones and they were all very old. After the third piece of lead, I started thinking it was just a matter of time until I turned up a little dink. After about an hour and a half, I got a loud 'mixed' signal right in the open part of the patch. The part that also serves as the path you walk through on the way across the hillside. The numbers were jumping all over and I didn't even have to scrape down to bedrock before the target was in the scoop. Not sure how I missed it before.... The smallest of the two was found later with the SDC, down in the bedrock, on the side of the wash after I decided to pick up an old pull tab. Pretty happy with the first 800 gold. It's a nice wiry piece and definitely one of a kind. Good Luck out there !! Luke
  43. 20 points
    ....well at least for me. I was able to sneak away the other day and I wanted to go back to an area that's been kind to me in the past. My goal was to 'connect the dots' and hopefully find my way into a hillside patch between some gullies that are gold bearing. I brought out the GPX and I put on the 11" commander because I was in prospecting mode and I feel very comfortable with it's capabilities. The ground was going to be wet, and the 11" has the right combination of depth and sensitivity to smaller gold. So after a short hike, I started up the hill. I was finding smallish trashy bits as I went along. Every now and then I got a boomer. The kind of stuff that tells you that if it's been detected, it hadn't been detected very well. Had one nice mellow signal at the base of a rock outcrop. It got exciting for a minute, but it was lead. After a few hours, I was almost at the top of the hill and I turned around and looked back and I could see all the spots I had found little nuggies with the SDC this last year or so. From that perspective, it wasn't difficult to see where I hadn't been either. So back down the hill I went. When I got down there, I was standing on a bench of sorts, and looking across to places I had found gold before. Trying to 'line up' the bedrock so as to be on the 'same ground' even though I was on the opposite side of 'normal'. Probably not even ten minutes later, I got a broken signal. Some might dismiss it as noise even. I kicked a baseball sized rock out of the way and flattened out a tuft of grass. Now it was a repeatable mellow signal. Roughly five inches down, I'm into the decaying bedrock. The dark red clay is like playdoh. After pinpointing where the target was located I used my screwdriver to carefully pry up the soft bedrock. Once it was moved, the signal sharpened up and the first nugget of the day was found. So now, I'm looking around and I start kicking things aside and making sure I can get the coil flat on the ground. I worked my way up and around a cacti-grassy-cat claw zone and when I got down the other side, about five feet away from where I found the first one, there was a large basketball sized rock sitting right on the surface. I was able to roll the rock into the gully with my foot and sure enough, there was a nice mellow repeatable signal underneath. This is the point where I wish I could go back and play with some settings, maybe try to prop my phone up somewhere for a video, call out to a friend that was nearby..... Nope. So I made a nice couple scrapes with my burro pick and cleared a flat landing pad of sorts. The signal was still there and sounded very nice. So I start to dig. Fist sized rocks are coming out of the hole and I keep checking and the target is getting louder. Eventually about ten inches down (measured by turning the coil on it's side), I'm on bedrock. The target is giving the overload sound and I'm having trouble pinpointing exactly where it is. I tried the 'cancel' trick, but not a peep. So I widened out the hole and got a better idea where it was. I was almost certain it was gold, and it was going to be 'big' so I didn't want to take the chance and damage the nugget. After another few minutes or so, I finally managed to move the nugget out of the hole. Based on it's size, I guessed at least 2 grams. It did feel a little light for it's size, but it was clearly my second largest gold find. After I got it home and cleaned up, 1.75g was the weight. It's a specimen or something like that. The minerals that are trapped in the gold look like sand particles to me. I don't know if the gold somehow wrapped around the sand, or if the sand was in a crevice and the gold filled in around it. Either way, I'll take it. Luke
  44. 19 points
    I had Monday off and wanted to hit a rather large drainage that I had attempted to detect years ago. Basically all those years ago I went up a 100 feet and said, no gold here... I walked way up there this time and detected a very promising stretch with lots of exposing jagged bedrock. Now I like to brake for bedrock so I turned on and nailed my first one rather quickly. Within a foot was another target which turned out to be gold then another after that until I had 6 nuggets. Right up stream from this dropout bedrock stretch the gradient becomes rather steep, fast, and has lots of large angular boulders. Above these boulders it finally started to level out. First turn I approach was a nice sweeping exposed bedrock bend, which gave me my larger piece of the day and 3 smaller pieces. Moving forward the wash became rather to deep for my vlf for approximately 200 feet. Then bedrock all over the place!!! Except no more gold targets in all that bedrock. I personally think it's shedding some place along the 200 foot of deep ground. It was 3pm and I was trying to leave around 6pm. Running out of time I went back to a place I'd found lots of nuggets and done above average drywashing in the past. I headed to a stretch I'd pulled 24 grams of handsome placer gold from about 5 to 6 years ago. Well wasn't I surprised when a nice little nugget poped out in a place I vacuumed very well all those years ago. Checking my hole again and still another target.... gold. I was seeing fine gold small pickers and nuggets as though it had never been worked. Managed 16 more in 3 hours.
  45. 19 points
    Heres the photo . Well done dude !!
  46. 19 points
    I have done zero prospecting this season, so when I got a chance to head for hills...I took it. About 20' from the buggy I realized...omg I have gotten fat! I need to do this more often. I went all the way to the head of the wash to investigate some old diggins that I had previously discovered a few years ago. Along the way I collected rock samples and half assed beeped the old pits I found on the veins showing copper minerals. One particular sample sang pretty good on the gb2, so into the sac it went. On another old waste rock pile I found the compass in the pics below and a milk bottle someone used as a target...even found the bullet that smashed it. An old round ball was cool find too. After beating around the desert for a couple miles, I had worn myself to frazzle and headed for the buggy with my treasures and 3 sacs of samples. The samples were mostly duds and when crushed yielded nothing interesting in the pan. Remember that sample that I heard with the beeper? It contained a nice surprise.
  47. 19 points
    Got out today with Chris (bsumbdy). Most of the day was partly cloudy, and gave us a little break from hot weather. Chris, gave me a pointy finger today, while he hiked over the hill to hunt. We both left today with some gold. Chris got 6.4 grams, I got 5.8 grams. Also came across two young desert tortoises today. Dave
  48. 19 points
    Well now,... "That was fun!!" I was out today sort of early doing some detecting and trying to stay out for atleast an hour or-so, and yet beat the summer heat and humidity back as well (so much for that). I was detecting up a wash that had been thrashed pretty good by the last couple of monsoon rainstorms. The floolding water had opened up a section of bedrock and exposed it from bank to bank for a width of about 8 ft. Or-so; the center of which had been scoured thus-leaving a "V"-shape. (The whole exposed section was about 15 ft. Long). There was still water flowing at a trickling-pace, and most of the lowest areas had pooled-up holding water. I had just detected the exposed bedrock up against the left-side bank and was about to swing the coil across and over to the right side exposed area when my eye caught the slight coloration of something (sort of blurred) lite-yellowish down under the water in this open ("V"'d) pool. I had to take a double-take thinking it might just be a light-yellowish-colored rock (as I have found a few times in the past). It really wasn't bright, yellowish, and metalic-looking, so I wasn't really sure if it was a nugget or not at first. I didn't even bother to swing my coil over it;... I just stooped down and plucked it out of the water to take a look. It was just then that I realized that it was indeed a nugget that was just laying there under 4" of water in a wide-open "V"-shaped crag !!!! I can't say that I have come across a nugget that way before, so I guess there's a first time for everything. All I had with me was my cheep Tracphone, so the first few photos are of it ( probably blurred) "in-situ". They are probably not too good, but they should be good enough to see what the conditions were like. The last few photos are of it after I cleaned it up at home with a different camera. I also found a small "dink" just upstream (photo'd). The big nugget weighed in at 1.15 Grams, and the combined weight of the two came to 1.22 Grams. "Come-on Monsoon Rains,...come in hard and heavy some more!!!" Gary
  49. 19 points
    With the onset of triple digit heat here in Las Vegas, I was a little skeptical when my hunting buddy Sonny Clary called and invited me on a prospecting trip. Sonny had researched a new area that looked promising for both meteorites and gold. I’m always up for exploring the Nevada desert and Sonny’s instinct is usually spot on, so off we went. Upon arrival at the hunting area I saw some signs of dry washing and started metal detecting some small tailing piles. After a short time I got a nice solid signal at the base of a small pile of discarded dirt. I scraped off the first couple inches of dirt and immediately saw a yellow gleam in the hole. I knew immediately it was going to be good and started video recording. I picked up the nugget and knew it was the largest I’ve ever found. (52.7 grams). The heat cut our hunt short, so the long wait until cooler weather begins!
  50. 19 points
    Sometimes gold can show up in the oddest places. You wont find it though if you are not thinking like gold. Headed over to Wickenburg today for a little fun in the sun .... On the way I passed a large number of cyclists spread out over 20 miles or so. Each group or team had their own support vehicles following closely.... Turns out they are some very serious and accomplished athletes participating in the " Race Across America"....Really cool and I`m glad to have seen some of them. Heres a link to their up to date current positions on the road. http://www.raceacrossamerica.org/live-tracking.html Ok , Back to the gold hunting ..... I managed to get 3 pieces for today, and two of the pieces came from the top of an outcrop...Literally , just an odd place, but it sure was there...The beginning of a new project? maybe so To give you a better perspective , here`s a shot of the scene...My red scoop is where the larger piece was beeped. It was extremely coarse gold on that outcrop....I found one more tiny piece a foot below the bigger one. The third , a specimen was found a little ways away down in a gully... Hope you enjoyed! Get out there and find some..
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