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  1. 26 points
    Found my biggest one this weekend! A total of five nuggets!😊
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 19 points
    Heres the photo . Well done dude !!
  6. 18 points
    Welp, another great outing under the belt. Had about 20 people show up. Mostly the old corp. group. Did have some new people though and that was great. Weather was over all nice temp wise...but as you know the Q can get windy! Had a great pot luck on Sat. River stix was kind enough to bring 16 boneless rib eyes, caviar, cheeses and dips for everyone and there were a LOT of side dishes. As of Sun. 4 of the guys found gold. I didnt get any pics of that so if you have more pics or gold pics feel free to post on this thread. I wanted to steal RiverStix little dog..... Tom H.
  7. 17 points
    Worked hard this past weekend. Better than being skunked.
  8. 17 points
    Not quite as dramatic as the thread title, but who can resist click-bait headlines? Out hunting a claim I got permission for, where there has been a lot of placer work done over the years. I dug 3 bomb craters, for a piece of wire, a shotgun shell, and a Coors light can, along with some shallow trash. Found this tiny little specimen maybe an inch down. Really surprised the GPX heard it, but it was loud and clear. It's only .2 gram, but I am a happy camper. I can't seem to find an actual nugget to save my life, but these little specimens are cool too. I couldn't tell it was gold until I got home and looked through a loupe. I actually used my Gold Monster to pinpoint it, and the indicator was all to the right. I am very glad I didn't toss it in my trash pouch. It looked like any other tiny bit of junk. Sorry for the lousy pic. I gotta find some bigger pieces, if for no other reason than it's damned hard to photograph a grain of rice through a loupe.... Back at it tomorrow, same place! Regards, Kyle
  9. 17 points
    Went off today with my new camo hat (thank you Bill) and found my 2nd nugget for 2019. Did some research, got lost again, proved real life looks nothing like google earth (but I will still use it) and somehow came up with some gold. Once again it was at the end of a half day so I will definitely be back✌🏻✌🏻. And I will be wearing my new hat and the same underwear. Brownie
  10. 16 points
    Just some cool looking gold so thought I would share, GM 1000 .... GH
  11. 16 points
    Update. Went to see dad today. He is doing WAYYYY... better. They did find another blood clot in his right leg and will give him some kind of medicine to reduce/get rid of that one. He was eating more and wants to go home. I talked with the Doc. and he said he may be able to come home on Sat. His pain level is really down a lot now. Thanks for all the prayers and positive thoughts. Tom H.
  12. 16 points
    I mentioned finding gold in the meteor forum so here it is. My brother and I hiked into an area that both of us had marked on our GPS. We covered lots of ground and I gave up on the area and was heading to the truck. I met up with my brother and he showed me a small nugget he had found. I guess the brought my motivation back up and I detected every little gully on the way out. My first nugget was the big one and the rest were within 100 feet. This was an excellent day in the hills and might have even have two more meteorites for the collection. I said might because I still have my doubts. AJ
  13. 16 points
    I could have swore that it had been a Gold Forum (at one time),....ya know where you post pictures of real gold nuggets that you have actually found,....and not you tube crap. Guess no one likes posting any more, so I'll throw these on just for kicks-n-giggles. Had to move a few boulders "down-deep" on bedrock to get these. Gary
  14. 15 points
    Came into Phoenix and hooked up with Scott, he taught me how to pan and a few of the things that he does when he’s looking for gold. Many thanks and much appreciated, it was pretty exciting but definitely work for that little yellow stuff. Makes me respect the old-timers a lot more and like my detectors LOL a lot better Another one off the bucket list now I need to find one with the detector. Definitely had a great time. Thanks again Scott AE2B5981-30EC-42F9-AF2B-F1AF0A62C93A.MOV
  15. 15 points
    I like to Knapp rock for relaxation and it is just plain enjoyable .
  16. 14 points
    I don`t think the weather could have been any nicer. It was nice to meet some new folks, and see some regulars too. Here`s the four I managed to find
  17. 14 points
    I ended up with 7 nuggets. 5 were found Saturday afternoon in old hillside rake down hillside area. I raked about 15ft square and nuggets were popping out quite a bit. This hillside patch had more dig holes than I could count. The area was quite large and without a doubt has many more. Just because someone has detected an area doesn't mean they get them all. Had a great time detecting with Adam, thanks for all the laughs and I brake for bedrock shirts.
  18. 14 points
    I know I totally stole the word "dink/dinkster" from @adam and @boulder dash. It is the perfect adjective to describe the nuggets Ive found though. So here is the pic of the dinkster I found today with Leverite.
  19. 12 points
    I haven't posted gold for awhile so thought I would show off these little gems the Easter Bunny brought to me over the weekend. Combined weight at just under a half gram found with the GM1000 setting in Deep Auto 1. Both were found about 3" deep.
  20. 12 points
    Leverite and I found some gold today. 4.79 (wet grams)... The big one is 2.18 (wet grams).
  21. 12 points
    Heres some yella stuff from Montana, bigger nugget is 19.5 grams. Also some specimens that were dug out of a vein in an old timers saddle, where they took the outcropping, but missed the gold just off to the side.
  22. 11 points
    Hey I just put up another video, The Geology of Placer Deposits, Part 1 (it will be part 1 of 3) This one focuses on different types of placer deposits and how the gold concentrates naturally - then also about finding those natural concentration spots. I do think it has a lot of hints, information and secrets that will be useful to most prospectors. I promise not to continually do this, putting up video notice when I throw something on Youtube. That would be kind of lame of me. So if you want to see parts 2 and 3 also, be sure to subscribe and tick the notification bell. The other two parts will be out shortly. They are geology and doing research, and then also on recognizing rocks and minerals.
  23. 11 points
    last season finds from 4 different locations, 2 in Idaho & 2 in Montana, all with the Monster...…...
  24. 11 points
    Here are some found this year in south west Arizona.
  25. 11 points
    Here is a few pieces from recent hunts. Working on an equipment trade so I took a picture.
  26. 10 points
    Thank you everyone. Dad is a lot better and coming home today. He still has a clot in his leg and the doc. said they are just going to let the body assimulate it. It is small. Thanks again for all the prayers and well wishes. Tom H.
  27. 10 points
    Spent the weekend out at StV with a friend of mine from Michigan. His first hunt was at StV with me 6 years ago and he left empty handed. Since then he has found several meteorites across a few states, so we headed back to add one more notch to his hunting belt. I came away with 16 finds and he made 4. It was a great time, StV is always one of my favorite places to hunt. Here's a couple find picts, a coyote skull we posed for a photo, and a group photo of all of my finds. The desert is perfect right now, get out there before it gets too hot!
  28. 10 points
    Hey low point I got out this weekend so I will post what I got .
  29. 10 points
    OK, Yes this is a gold forum and has been for like 20 years now, you post the same question at least once a year Here is some Gold Monster 1000 and GP 3500 gold with a few GPZ 7000 bits included, just more into educating than showing off these days Sorry for the crappy phone photo, but camera in truck and I am too lazy to go get it, most all from 2018 with a few from 2019 so far thrown in..... Many of the actual finds are at my YouTube channel in my YouTube crap
  30. 9 points
    I want to thank each and every one of you guys for you prayers and good vibes. They were indeed felt at the time of need. This was a rough one for me as I had no inclination just what was going on. I put it off too long trying to get the family Easter Celebration going. Finally called in the paramedics in and they got me to the hospital. Extreme pain and couldn't breathe. Lungs full of blood clots and wouldn't let oxygenated blood flow through lungs. Clots came from an operation that I had two weeks prior. Had me on a heparin drip for three days and that took most of the pain away and now I have to be on Eliquis the rest of the way, no more blood thinners or aspirin. Life feels good again and I thank God for my 'Return to Life'. Old Guys, Don't try to go too far after feeling something go awry. Get it checked on most times Medicare will take care of it. That's what you worked an paid for your whole life. A very grateful 'OLD TOM'
  31. 9 points
    I found a nice blue Beryl the other day ! Pretty cool eh ?
  32. 9 points
    Lanny when you mentioned that rich bank it reminded me of this.This was about a few months after the that same placer operation shut down in my last story. I had permission to hunt all the claims and I remembered a place down in the lower end of where we were working the creek.we had done pretty well chasing a pay streak along the bank of Weaver creek. We were doing so well there and it was right up against the claim line so the placer plant owner I was working for decided he wasn't going to get into a battle with the adjoining claim owner. apparently they had already had some discussions about it. he had the claims surveyed and had wooden stakes put up along the boundary line. So I'm thinking its got to be a good spot to hit. this wall of old cemented gravel is about eight feet tall and 20 yards long. So I gather up my wife, my daughter Heather about 4 or 5 years old and my nephew John about 7. We decided we where make a picnic of it in the creek bed.So we get down there and my wife breaks out a folding table and the ice chest. the kids are running around doing what kids do.we had scrapped it down to bedrock with a dozer when we were running the placer operation but because of the claim line left the wall. I go over and I start swing this wall/bank of gravel. I hit the first one. I chisel it out with my pick,this bank is like cement, almost a conglomerate. very old river bed.the first one is a couple grams.I'm excited. I move along the wall and I hit another one. this one was about a grammer/half grammer. and then another one. The next thing I know I got my headphones on and here is little John tugging at my pant leg saying is this a nugget uncle Bob. he holds out his hand and he has a little yellow rock in it. I say to him no John just another rock, keep looking and off he goes. I'm moving along and I hit another one. this is turning out to be a really good day. her comes John again, Is this a nugget? no john just a rock. so I pull out my nugget bottle and I show him. see this is what they look like. see how heavy they are and really gold colored. I let him hold a few and off he goes again. I move down a little further and and I get a really nice hit in the wall with my detector. I start banging on the wall, chipping out the rocks one at a time. I know this is a good one, its loud and deep. so I'm trying to concentrate so I don't hit it beating on the wall. all of a sudden I pop out another rock and I can see it. its a big flat nugget. I call them corn flake nuggets. its sticking out like a tongue looking me. I tug on it but its not coming out. no sooner here comes John again. Is this a nugget Uncle Bob he holds out his hand and I look and I look again. yes that's a nugget. where did you find it. he turns around and points at a bedrock knob. it was about a grammer. so I'm looking around trying to figure something to put it in and I just slide the cellophane off my cigarette pack drop the nugget in it and twist it. I remember I said put this in your pocket so you don't loose it. he stuffs it in his pocket and off he goes to find more, my daughter right behind him.so I go back to chipping at the bank again. I've almost got this nugget out, its got to be a good 3/4 ouncer maybe more, and there is John tugging at my pant leg again. I turn around and there is John with tears running down his face and I said whats wrong? he holds up the cellophane wrapper and there is no nugget in it. he said its gone. I went over where he was and swung around for awhile and could not find it. well its not his first nugget and wouldn't be his last but I felt so bad. I said to my wife go over to the truck and see if you can find a nugget bottle in the glove box. she comes back hands me a bottle. so I reach in my pocket pull out my nugget bottle and pour out some smaller nuggets and said her ya go John, pick one. and of course I had to give one to my daughter too. you know how that goes. everyone had a great day. Here is a photo of my daughter and some nuggets.see the flat corn flake nugget second from the left, top row. that corn flake nugget turned to be 39 grams. I love this photo. AzNuggetBob
  33. 9 points
    Chris, I am not a dealer and have no dog in the race...my opinion is that there is not much difference in major manufacturer coils...I used coiltek and Nuggetfinder and I ended up using mostly Commander coils by Minelab- and they are usually cheaper. I am not telling what to do or not do, however... I suggest to anyone foolish enough to ask (you didn't) that they don't need more than two or three coils; small, stock and maybe a larger elliptical. Every time new coils come out the new users say they are the best ever, maybe and maybe not. What you need is to put your stock coil on and learn to use it and learn to find gold...new and more coils will not do that. You will do that. If my memory is correct you went through a bunch of detectors and gear and places and did not find much gold...the gold was there you just needed to spend more time learning. Practice, Practice and practice... best wishes fred
  34. 9 points
    Dad and I went around to see John tonight. He is doing well (as well as he can) He was talking to us a lot and is being very well taken care of. Doing therapy every day and they are starting to talk about discharging him to go home. Keep him in your prayers and thoughts please. Hes a great guy and has helped many of us out through the years. Tom H.
  35. 9 points
  36. 9 points
    Hello everyone, It has been several years since I have posted on this forum, or done any detecting for that matter. Went through some pretty trying times in life but have come through better than I ever imagined, so I'm back to detecting again. Some of you may remember me, and for those who don't me.....HELLO nice to meet you!!! Went out with DOC this past weekend with my new GM1000 and had a blast. Found one little dink, but spending the day with my buddy Doc was worth more than any amount of gold. . I have not been up-to-date with all the current (or older) clubs, so I am open to any suggestions. I will primarily be hunting the Mojave Desert areas of California, but plan to make several trips per year to different areas of Arizona. Looking to join clubs NOT like the GPAA. I've been there, done that, won't do it again....lol. So, I am all ears folks. Tell me your best suggestions for clubs to join. Thank you.
  37. 9 points
    Here are a couple better shots of the bear. It was broken off a larger piece. Maybe a pipe?
  38. 8 points
    Thanks I think I turned the corner this past weekend. I stopped looking at the display and just started listening for the right sound.
  39. 8 points
    The rookie also got 5
  40. 8 points
    Looks do matter to me. Wouldnt want to be seen with that yellow thing. I need it to be in Desert digital camo so it will match my pants, shirt, boots, knee pads, control box cover, scoop, and my face paint.
  41. 8 points
    Great story, Lanny....I hope you don't mind.... Oh what the imagination can see... Once , down around Yuma, I was sleeping in the bed of my truck; back when I was younger and tougher and much poorer... Anyway, in the dark of night I woke to see three or four aliens staring over the truck rail at me...I saw a long-ish head and big weird eyes...just like aliens at Roswell. I am pretty sure I screamed like a little girly... as the donkeys thundered away I woke up enough realize what they were fred
  42. 8 points
    I would keep the GM1000 and also get the 4500. Sell the Eureka. The PI will be good for deep ground and the monster for shallow ground and small nugs. Tom H.
  43. 8 points
    One of my neighbors wanted a point made for a pendent for his wife so i made this one last night from Mexican royal velvet obsidian.
  44. 8 points
    No dancing, gun packing, stinky fingered stuff I'm tellin' ya... I enjoyed my time immensely in Glorieta. I lived there for a year in a guest house before purchasing property a few miles to the east on the rim of the Freckle River canyon. Did you know Glorieta Mesa is the longest contiguous mesa in North America? It runs east and west for over 30 miles. It is often considered the terminus of the Rocky Mountains. It was here that Lincoln LaPaz observed the flying green lights. It is here where the Dali Lama hid during his exile. It is here where Demi Moore was jailed for public indecency for pushing her bare boobs against the glass window of a liquor store (it was 12 degrees at the time). There are a half dozen ancient pueblos here. The Spanish called them "Pecos" which means "freckle". Because when the Spanish bred with them the mixed children (and adults) were often freckled. They worshipped a giant snake and had human sacrifice in addition to having spots after breeding with the Spanish. Consequently everything is named Freckle. The Freckle River originates in the Sangre De Christo Mountians just below Freckle Peak. Freckle Canyon is famous for residents like Val Kilmer, and Jane Fonda. The Freckle River flows all the way through New Mexico and ends way down in Freckle, Texas. The entire area is known as the Freckle River Basin. You may have heard of the tales of Freckle Bill and his blue ox Babe? His wife was named Slue-Foot Sue and she rode a big catfish down the Rio Grande. Big wide hips. No freckles. Wore a lot of bouncy petticoats. Maybe you have heard of them? …Oh yeah, I almost forgot. A meteorite fell there. A pallasite. When sliced it looks like a steel fruitcake. Nicely patterned pieces can be worth a thousand bucks for a slice a bit bigger than a postage stamp. Real prospector porn I'm tellin' ya.
  45. 8 points
    Went out last weekend and did some panning and a little dredging. Water was flowing decent for a bit but it didn't last long. Here are the spoils. This does not include the previous weekends gold.
  46. 8 points
    I just detect in the dead of summer. Too hot for snakes.
  47. 7 points
    Welp ol Dad did it up good this time.....Down at the Q, he hurt his back...pretty bad. After that he was in pain and had some surgery for melanoma in a lymph node under his left clavicle. He was still not feeling good but thought it was just his back, went out to do the irrigation on his property on Tues. night......went down hill from there. He could not walk 30 feet without huffing and puffing, lots of pain and short of breath. Finally called 911 on Wed. They came out with fire trucks and ambulances ablasing. Got im into the ER real fast and found out he has blood clots in his lungs. So......they are medicating him to bust those up and are doing all kinds of other tests. I was able to talk to the pulmonary Doc today and he was pretty positive about everything working out in a few weeks. So, if you could send up a prayer or positive thought, I know he would appreciate it. He loves the forums and you folks and will be back soon. Tks all. Tom H.
  48. 7 points
    Looking for gold at the time. Ran across a large pegmatite zone roughly 1/8 mile square. It now has a home in my case.
  49. 7 points
    Thanks Fred, Lanny and all. I'll write a few more. One day I get a call from a new start-up mining company that had been referred to me by a friend. they where looking for someone to help them set up a new operation.they wanted me to come out to their new claims for an interview. So I show up and we talked for awhile I told them what I can do and what I've done in the past and they hired me on the spot. Well the first thing they wanted me to do was go with them and check out a trommel they where thinking about buying.So we get there I ask the owners about it and to crank it up.they turn on the water and crank it up. I'm walking around it looking for any mechanical problems.as I'm walking down the side of it I notice these odd bolt/nut things welded to the side of the trommel? at first I'm puzzled by them? It doesn't seem to do anything.they look like those long all-thread nuts about two inches long. there are four of them around the outside of trommel that you use to join two threaded rods together. they are welded to the side of the trommel with about 1/2"bolt in them.I look on the inside and I don't see anything that they do. maybe it was to intended to bolt something to the outside or inside of the trommel? maybe mounts for a thrust plate for old rollers,drive gear,chain sprocket,whatever. the frame looked like it may have been converted from gasoline/chain to electric gear drive. so I blow it off and tell my new boss I think its a great trommel for the price. it was about three x twenty feet long. it was used but not abused and they should buy it,and they did. So a few days later I'm out the new site prepping the ground for the trommel and it shows up on a lowboy. I get a 988 loader and we offload it barrel first and then the frame and start setting it up. I get the barrel back on the frame and I'm sitting there on the loader and I spot those all-thread bolts and it dawns on me could those holes that the bolts are in go all the way through into the trommel? so I get off the loader go over to my tool box and grab a crescent wrench. one happened to be pointed down at me so I unscrewed it first. I look up in the hole and Bingo! its packed with gold and black sand. I go over and grab a screw driver and a gold pan. I jam it up into the hole and out rains a about 3/4 an once of gold into the gold pan.after we got the trommel hooked up to power we cleaned and drained them all. I have more stories on this subject and they only get better. I will write them as I get time. hope you enjoy them. AzNuggetBob
  50. 7 points
    Well, I received my GPX4500 last week and met up with DolanDave and his awesome dad here in Southern California for a hunt on Saturday morning. We were in the vicinity of Randsburg in what "looked" like very good gold-bearing ground. This is also an area where a lot of gold has been found in the past. Dave and his dad got there Friday and spent a lot of the day detecting the area before I met up with them. So, I get a text from Dave Friday evening that says the following: "Went out at randsburg today, really disappointed, couldn't walk 5 feet without hitting bullet, this place is a war zone" I felt bad for him because I know exactly how he felt. There are literally MILLIONS of bullets littering this desert out here. I mean, you can drive 7 miles off the paved road into the middle of nowhere on a mountaintop (like we did on Saturday) and dig. 22 shells/projectiles as much as a foot deep. I climbed to the top of a hill that had to be 100 foot tall, got a signal, dug down about 8", and found a staple (the kind for papers). I recall Dave telling me that in Arizona and Nevada it's not near as bad, and that this would be his last trip out here because of it. As if the ungodly amounts of bullets wasn't bad enough, we were digging up nuts, bolts, spark plugs, lead bird-shot, and lots of other garbage. As bad as I felt for what they were going through, and even myself on Saturday, it kind of gave me a little bit of validation for all of my frustration over the years. I know a lot of folks say that you have to just keep going and dig everything, but I wonder if those people have ever literally dug over 100+ bullets EVERY SINGLE TIME THEY GO OUT? It is definitely hard to keep the motivation there when you are running into bullets and other garbage literally every 3 to feet apart. All in all, I had a great time and I'm looking forward to hunting these to gentleman again in the future.
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