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  1. 8 points
    How cool it this????? Great news Rob and you are welcome as the sun in the morning my friend! We do a prize drawing on Saturday evening and other than anything you want to ad to that bring something for the potluck. Doc will be there, Debbie, Me, and a bunch of folks you know and man your knowledge added to the others teaching at this event is priceless. I'll get with you on the phone....
  2. 8 points
    Hey Bill and Friends, I'm considering coming to this event. I have missed many in the past, always something pops up. I will try to make at least Saturday and Saturday evening. Let me know if I need to bring anything for the Pot Luck or whatever. I'm sure it will be a great event and many nuggets will be found. Have a great one, Rob Allison
  3. 7 points
    If you watch every single video on the Gold Monster 1000 that Bill has on his YouTube channel you will get the best instructions availible. I was very skeptical going from a GB2 to a GM1000. Ventured into the Mojave this last weekend and managed to do decent for 1 days worth of swinging in an area that has seen its fair share of shovels and drywashers. Learn your machine, slow down and keep the coil to the soil. Thanks for the videos Bill! -Mike
  4. 6 points
    Well, I thought that considering No One seems to like posting their nuggets on this forum "Of-late" that I would Buck the trend and post a few; ....And "NO," I didn't find them with a "Fly-Poop Monster either. Happy Hunting!!! Gary
  5. 5 points
    Hey Fishing8046, To be honest, if I was doing nothing but hunting micro gold, I might consider the GB2. However, due to the high amounts of mineralization here in the Southwest, the Gold Monster 1000 really ground balances well and you don't have to mess around with manual ground balance, pumping the coil up and down all the time. Keep in mind, dealers did make a living selling the GoldBugs, as at one point there were no PI's to be sold. These same dealers made a living selling the early PI's, like the Minelab SD2100. In my honest opinion, the Modded SD's will not get as much gold as the GPZ 7000 if you had two very experienced operators on both. The GPZ 7000 is a different league of metal detectors and can find very porous and specimen gold that the PI's struggle to hear. I understand your thought process about how new detectors always come out and they are now the latest and greatest. For the most part, the newer detectors do have added advantages, but maybe not for everyone to keep upgrading every couple of years to just keep up with the "Jones." Have a great one, Rob Allison
  6. 4 points
    We don't need no stinking badges. Not to find these lil guys. 1st hit this morning turns out to be a lil guy in a wash perhaps 3 inches deep , freshly flooded ravine from the last couple rain storms. And smaller bits of trashy metal are no problem for the 4500 with 13/17 Evo Mono , An a ol deaf guy piloting the coil. Check out the 1st O in Evolution. WHERES the BIG ones hiding ?? I could not pull a deep signal in the short amount of time spent. Maybe next time. Hapy Huntn
  7. 4 points
    I don't know which claims you are writing about so I can only give you a non specific answer. Federal mining claims can be located on some State trust lands. Here's why: Mining claims are a claim on the minerals within an area of land. Those minerals are often separated legally from from the surface ownership. That creates two estates - the surface estate and the subsurface (mineral) estate. For all but the original 13 colonies, Texas, Hawaii and most of Alaska the land was originally public land. Those public lands were offered for sale to citizens for a nominal price (generally around $2.50 an acre or even as low as 10 cents per acre). There were often other requirements than a simple payment of money to complete the sale. These lands were transferred by patent when all the requirements were met and payment was made. Most of these patents were granted under one of the many homestead grants, as payment to soldiers or as mineral patents. Virtually all of the private land west of the original 13 colonies was transferred from public into private hands by means of these land patents. The land where you live and work was once public land that was transferred to private ownership by patent. Often when the public lands were homesteaded the minerals were not included in the patent grant. The United States reserved the minerals for later sale or mining. In particular under the Taylor Grazing Act land grants all minerals were reserved by the United States. Those grazing grants were huge. The one that covered the Little San Domingo, Hassayampa and Picacho districts was 500,000 acres. After the country went broke in the great depression a lot of these grazing lands were abandoned or the patents were never paid for. That and a few underhanded tricks in Congress left a lot of these grant lands in State Trust ownership. But the State only owns the surface on these Taylor grazing lands - the minerals are still owned by the public. You can prospect and claim many of these State Trust lands. It is entirely possible that what you are seeing are actually valid federal mining claims on State trust lands. The same is true of many of the desert lands in the southwest whether the Taylor grazing grants are owned by the State or a private individual. Yep, in some circumstances you can claim and mine State and private lands. The process is a little different than a regular mining claim location and you have to reimburse the surface estate owner for any damages from mining activity but it is possible and being done today all over the western states. I wouldn't suggest you just go out willy nilly and start prospecting or mining State trust lands. That could end badly if you don't know the land status and the process involved. Land Matters is working on a very large project to describe all these subsurface lands that are still in public ownership. Combine that with Land Matters efforts to bring one click patent information from their maps and prospectors and miners will be able to see another 9 million acres in Arizona alone that are open to mining claims.
  8. 4 points
    If you watch every single video on the Gold Monster 1000 that Bill has on his YouTube channel you will get the best instructions availible. I was very skeptical going from a GB2 to a GM1000. Ventured into the Mojave this last weekend and managed to do decent for 1 days worth of swinging in an area that has seen its fair share of shovels and drywashers. Learn your machine, slow down and keep the coil to the soil. Thanks for the videos Bill! -Mike
  9. 3 points
    You'd have so much beer, everyone would be stumbling around and no one would be out prospecting.
  10. 3 points
    I doubt they are valid claims. All the BLM does is file paperwork for a fee and bears no responsibility to check land status, ie on state trust land, or if the claim is already owned. You could put a claim over the capital building in Arizona and the BLM would enter it in their database. You could probably even record it in the county and have nothing said. Does not mean you can mine it. People will tell you the that the BLM is the final word, but that is completely wrong. I recently got permission from a well known member of the mining community, who does not post on this board nor does he post on the GPAA board, to prospect on an easy to get to claim to go with a friend who can't get around like he used to, but before we left we found out it was on state trust land. When I called the guy, he checked with his person who told him (completely wrong) that the claim was valid because the BLM filed it. Had we went to this easy to access claim that had a main road cut through it, we risked getting everything confiscated should the sherrif's department or some other enforcement agency go by. Also, I found a different set of invalid claims on state land along Castle Hot Springs road just south of where Mine road starts. Don't know if they are there, but abandoned. Quite a racket the BLM has. They are a fairly recent entry into the process of filing a claim. In the old days, like the 1980s, I'm told you just needed to file with the county, and then the BLM decided to collect money. Its a good deal. 100,000+ mining claims in the US states at $145 per 20 acres means millions in revenue for very little work and next to know responsibility and no enforcement authority. With that, there are some claims properly filed with the state, and I don't know if they show on mylandmatters. Those will show on AZland.gov with the proper overlay. To keep a claim on state land is not impossible, but not cheap, thousands of dollars and needs to go through the state, but worth it if it has good minerals. Also, if the claim on mylandmatters on state trust land has an AMC# listed, them it was filed with the BLM, and the AMC# means nothing. If its the same husband wife team I'm thinking of, they have hundreds of claims throughout Maricopa and Yavapai counties, so they can't possibly have been to them all, but that is a different issue. These are lessons I learned the hard way after teaching myself to file a claim. There's info on this forum about filing with the state and also if you google "filing a mining claim in Arizona on state trust land." procedures will pop up.
  11. 3 points
    Hey Guys, I'm new here, but I have to confirm the "Minelab Gold Monster 1000" will find nuggets that small all the time, at or near bedrock. The Gold Monster 1000 is able to find nuggets well under a grain in size on bedrock, in small cracks/crevices and such. Many of these small gold nuggets are just little hits and will not read either way on the meter for the most part, so if you're watching your meter (Iron vs. Gold) and only digging targets bouncing to the right side, you're flat out missing nuggets! Just my thoughts and Congrats to all the Gold Monster gold that is now being found. Rob Allison
  12. 2 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.
  13. 2 points
    Nor would anyone ever be sober enough anymore to ID anything posted on the forum!!!
  14. 2 points
    WTG Frank Those Evos are darn good, but then again....so are you Tom H.
  15. 2 points
    This section needs a little bump so I dug into some old pics and found one of my best Coin finds from a few years back in Nevada. 3 nickels and a dime in one hole.
  16. 2 points
    I find those very tiny pieces on a regular basis as well as anything larger within it's depth range It is simply what the GM 1000 does.
  17. 2 points
    I have spoken to Scotty a couple times and Russ a year or so ago and as far as I know they are OK Fred....
  18. 2 points
    It is oxidation and weathering of the surface. It isn't fusion crust nor is it a meteorite. Sorry.
  19. 2 points
  20. 2 points
    Hey Guys, Bunk's picks are awesome and you are supporting someone local to Arizona. I have know Calvin Bunker for a very long time and the quality of the picks are worth very penny. Yes, Bill sells them I believe, if not contact Bunk. You will not be disappointed with either the smaller Burro Pick or the larger blade Hermit Pick. Bunk will even potentially customize a handle length if you wanted something larger or smaller, but contact Bill or Bunk for those specific details if needed. Have a great one, Rob Allison
  21. 2 points
    You should believe in your detector more. Or you could be leaving stuff behind for others. Learn your detector it has lots of settings to play with . I definitely metal detected those 6 pieces.
  22. 2 points
    I'm just getting started with the GM1000, here's how small I've found. However on day one getting our free lesson with Bill Gold Monster Meister Southern, the other fellow with us located a piece, a quarter the size of the one I pictured 4" down
  23. 1 point
    Ditto Bill, funny how Sherry came rolling into our camp the night before mentioning you and all. She left shortly after you and was very happy with her training. See you soon.
  24. 1 point
    Around here in central Kalifornia most of the vineyards do not Polaris any more. We run them 8 hours 6 days a week Polaris belts do not last. Most are using Yamaha or Honda. My buddy in Idaho runs a Can Am and loves it He rides mountain trails not dirt roads he is very happy with it. Bob
  25. 1 point
    Hello fred,... Well, the very small ones I used a pair of tweezers while kneeling on my hands and knees on some very nice exposed bedrock stretches. That was kind of fun. The other ones I got while using my GPZ-7000, and my trusty GP-3000. Most of them I got with the 3000. Gary
  26. 1 point
    chrisski: Thanks! I've been looking at the ASLD Parcel Viewer "Land Ownership" overlay and didn't think to switch to "Mineral Parcels". Doing so showed that those claims are not filed with the state. And yes, further Googling shows that the claimants do have hundreds of claims and at least one for sale on their website. Bedrock Bob: Much appreciated. I'm not filing a claim. Just trying to figure out where a guy and his kid can swing a detector for recreation without getting hammered. I'll very much keep your advice in mind if dealing with claims in the future! clay: Thanks very much for the lesson! A membership to Land Matters is in my future. My wife thinks I'm nuts for spending hours cross-referencing federal, state and county records, but it's got a fascination to it. Just bought a house in a subdivision and was surprised that the first piece of paper we signed stated we were buying the house "except all coal, oil, gas and other mineral deposits..." Given the complexities and the fact this is just a casual hobby for me, it sounds like joining a club is the easiest way to gain legal access to a piece of desert.
  27. 1 point
    Spot on Rob and the darn Gold Monster 1000 opened up the beat up patches again... Take care my friend and see ya in November.
  28. 1 point
    Follow the yellow brick road and find the Wizard Clay. He will have the knowledge you need. Or simply scan this forum for his many discussions on the subject. If your heart is pure and you ask a worthy question he will sometimes appear in a puff of English Leather and bless you with an answer. If not you must seek him out or lure him from his lair. A good way to do that is to post something technically wrong and he will come out of nowhere to correct you. I will give it a try... I know the laws are different from State to State. All I have heard is that a claim on Sate land is possible in New Mexico but just not probable. They do not allow a mining lease and a grass lease to exist on the same acreage. Most State Trust land that a guy would claim is already under lease for ranching or mining/oil/gas/etc.. So for all practical purposes there are no "claims" on State Trust land. I have heard Arizona is much the same....Darn near impossible for a recreational guy to hold any mineral rights on State Trust land. But... A guy can go to the State Land Commissioner and appeal to them just about any business venture and have it considered. It is not a "claim" situation. It is more of a business proposition and the Commission can lease land to a business for a lot of reasons. And if the other lessor(s) of the land are in agreement it is not impossible. I know a rancher, a solar generation company and the State has entered into a big deal like that. I know a large mining company with a big operation certainly can. Whether a small prospector could be successful at holding a State Trust claim is debatable. It is certainly not probable. It would be more of an active lease than a "claim" if it did exist. Doubt any word of mouth stories you hear about claims and who owns them. Doubly doubt claims that appear to be filed on State Trust land. Assume a whole lot of people are filing a whole lot of claims for a whole lot of reasons besides gold. Assume a lot of claims are filed with a written description that does not match the spot they are physically marked. Assume there are many claims filed over each other and over State/private/National Forest land that are not valid. I know of a lot of State Trust land that is posted as a federal mining claim and worked for placer. Just about every piece of State Trust land in the area I work is posted as a Federal Mining Claim. But the mineral rights still belong to the State on most of it and the part of the claim that overlies State Trust land is not valid.
  29. 1 point
    Nice find! The area around, The Hay Stack, West of the Eugene's used to produce a lot of coins. But not much gold . . .
  30. 1 point
    Very cool thanks for sharing.
  31. 1 point
    I am not a dealer and have nothing to gain. My 10 year old son has found quite a few pieces as small as the gold in the picture of the original post. Not on bedrock or even near bedrock and not in a concentrated area, but in hot ground in a California hydraulic mining pit. Last trip he found 5 or so pieces in less than two hours.
  32. 1 point
    Geez Terry you just made me realize how short my hermit pick has become by looking at your pic. This has become a great advertisement for Calvin.
  33. 1 point
  34. 1 point
    Just for the record, I wasn't cop bashing, per se. The back story is, I believe I have a very good reason from personal experience for telling this disparaging joke which was already old when I went through the Police Academy in the early '70's. At that time, in the Oakland Bay area it was common knowledge among cops and Sheriff's Deputies that you could not depend on the California Highway Patrol for back up. I found that out on day 2 at 11:00 PM, when my training officer, a former Marine Viet Nam Vet like myself, waded into a group of drug dealers and convicted felons hanging out in front of a little hole in the wall Mexican cafe, and served a no-bail murder warrant on a suspect who was wanted for killing, (Ironically), an off duty CHP officer. It was a kinetic mace and mayhem battle while the Bro's tried to take him away from us, but we knew going in, that we didn't have any available units that could respond to help us out. We were hoping to find the gun on him that he had used in the murder. The entire cafe, including all the customers, the cooks, and even the dishwasher had emptied out on the sidewalk to watch the fight, except for one retired on the job CHP training officer and his Rookie trainee sitting inside at the counter taking a break. The Rookie kept looking at me through the window of the cafe like he wanted to help us, but it wasn't his call. While we fighting our a$$es off trying to get our suspect in the car, the two CHIP's casually walked through the howling mob, with the Rookie still anxiously looking my way, then calmly drove off . . . To be fair, I did meet and work with some very fine, professional officers of the California Highway Patrol . . . and those were generally the ones who had meteorite-tic, uh, or perhaps, Meteoric, careers!
  35. 1 point
    Hello all, my name is Edward and I here for anything and everything. I mostly go hunting for my treasures from yard sales, flea market and swapmeets. Occasionally, I will trade for items i am interested in. My main collection areas are Central and South American artifacts and rare collectible toys. I have always bought the occassional stange or weird rock and have some to show. Thank you for the help on anything I post. Have a great life and a good find. Edward M.
  36. 1 point
    Mike you're not adding up the people correctly, as of now there's at least 51 attending... you're correct in the number of people who voted in the poll but you did add in the people they're bringing with them. Yep just me 19 = 19 2 of us 7 = 14 3 of us 3 = 9 4 in our clan 1 = 4 5 or more 1 = +5 or more Total 51 or more
  37. 1 point
    You would hardly know that anyone was there before you. That is until you got to bed rock and didn't find any gold. You would then know that the 'gold dust' twins had been there. Old Tom
  38. 1 point
    Rick, they are very good at getting it back to you in quick order. You should have no trouble with it. Old Tom
  39. 1 point
    Exactly. I too, always have the GM1000 on my backpack. If I didn't have it, I would have bought the SDC2300. Fishing - I can understand your skepticism, but BD has no reason to lie about this. I, myself, detect many small, small flakes of gold in the .01g range or less (.01g is the limit of my scale). Most of the time I have to use multiple flakes to get a reading. Ultra small flakes IS definitely one of it's attributes. Does it get as small as the GB2? I am not sure. The frequency is higher on the GB2. But the GB1000 gets way small, to the point where it is embarrassing to show the wife what I spent 8-10 hrs gathering in the field. This is also why I don't post many of my finds from the GB1000 on this website. People want to see bigger nuggets, not stuff that they see in their drywasher. See my pic of the 3x flakes from my post "Small Gold and Gallstones". If I showed that in my hand (unzoomed), it would be barely visible. But as Old Tom said, the GB1000 can take some work to learn to use properly.
  40. 1 point
    Just put a bible on the dash bro. Problem solved. It is like a "get out of jail free" card in Texas. I used to visit a girl named Sechita Gonzales. She could cook a mean duck too. She was such an athletic beauty back then. Now parts of her are like meteorites. They have regmaglypts, fusion crust and they are plummeting to the ground.
  41. 1 point
    What did you find in the bucket you filled before leaving the tunnel?
  42. 1 point
    Willard, Ben and Edgar Allen Poe, all mixed into one! But after that experience, you should change your name to Macro Nuggets! (yeah, micro brain perhaps, but gold plus testosterone will often do that to ya!) Well Done Sir!
  43. 1 point
    At this point in time I plan on getting there about morning on Thursday the 8th....hope to relax and enjoy, going to hunt too. Got my new to me pop up camper , so no more ground sleeping.....see every one there.
  44. 1 point
    Ok, I decided to start this thread to answer a question that has been bothering me. The question is, is placer gold still found in areas inundated with quartz? Typically, I find vuggy quartz and quartz blowouts and reefs, in areas with the other gold indicators and I have found much gold this way. But this last weekend (about a mile from where I found a couple nuggets) the metamorphic rock was overlaid with all kinds of quartz. This was to the point that the mountain was white. I had already found nuggets for the day so I thought I would do something different and detect a wash in this area. Ironstone was everywhere. (which I like) The quartz had some reds in it but was not vuggy. And when I detected the wash, I found lots of wire and even a boot tack. No gold. But it had me thinking. Had I been passing up areas (just because they had SO MUCH quartz), when there could actually be gold there? Just looking to find out if you guys have actually found gold in areas like this?
  45. 1 point
    The truth is it varies from place to place and there is no "Universal" rule that is always correct. I've been in places with almost no quartz whatsoever and found gold, and places were nearly every rock on the surface is quartz and found no gold. Yet some other places with lots of quartz I have done well and gotten good gold. I've found gold in places with lots of hematite, and I've found no gold in other places with lots of hematite. I've found gold in places with pretty much zero hematite. I've been asked this sort of question many times. A lot of guys, especially new prospectors, want some set of simple, golden rules that always tell you where the gold will be. Sorry, I've prospected and found gold all over the western USA, including Alaska, as well as Australia and Western Africa and there are no simple, hard and fast rules that always work. You cant even take knowledge of what works in most of Arizona and take that into the Sierra Nevada goldfields of the mother lode. Some stuff will work, but other stuff wont apply. Its true that normally the gold in the big quartz veins (like more than 4 ft thick) is often fine as dust. The coarser gold that can be seen by a detector often comes from smaller veins and stringers nearby. This is why a lot of gold quartz mines that produced thousands of ounces of gold have no detectable gold in the dumps - the gold is tiny particles like dust that cannot be seen by a detector.
  46. 1 point
    I just received my instructions from Shep: "Be at the "Village" near Quartzsite on Thursday, the first of Nov." We will stay there until the next Wednesday, and then head for Bills outing at LSD. Come by and see us if you feel like it. If you need directions, just holler. Patrick
  47. 1 point
    Back from GB. Lots of trash, little screws, nails and bb's...no gold....the cans that was laying round this area had some solder dots on them....I could tell I was not the first one there, lots of unfilled holes....not as many now. Had lots of fun and will go again , got run off by the wind picking up.
  48. 1 point
    Calvin is the Man!
  49. 1 point
    My VLF underwater detector I was using yesterday. Gary Storm of Detector Pro made this at least 25 years ago with permission of Fisher Detectors. I don't remember the Fisher model he used but I think it's a coin machine. All the controls are in the ear phones, really handy.
  50. 0 points
    Hey take it easy even a naysayer can be wrong, but every year the new machine that comes out is bigger better and works like no other before it. These guys have something to gain by selling the newest machine. They are not making a living selling you a gold bug or a modded 2100 that gets as much gold as a GPX7000. I'm not saying that the Monster won't find the small stuff I have just not seen it in the 2 machines I have sold and hunted side by side with. Granted they will hunt hotter ground and operate where other VHF machines will not. But to find Micro Gold which is what is posted in this thread that is not this machines strong point unless you are a highly trained veteran with much experience. You can say what you want but new machines are coming in the next few months and yes they will be better and more capable than what you're using now...or so we are told.
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