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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
    Found a few unexpected nice pieces. Hunted about 5 canyons only 1 had gold. Got distracted and wandered into a small wash to find a small piece. Cut it short and met some friends. Later I finished out that wash and found the 14.1 Grammer, 13.2 after cleaning with CLR. I think I learned from Adam you always Finnish out a wash because you just don’t know what’s lurking at the top 1/3 or even end of that wash. I found gold in it so of coarse I returned and I’m glad I did. About 30ft away were some strips of faded pink flagging tied to a cactus and up on the other small slope a few old metal detecting dig marks. These were not animals. When I got home I found tire tracks literally right next to where I dug. All interesting pieces to the puzzle after the fact. Brownie
  5. 29 points
    Like I said yesterday it's been 2 months and one day since I had found gold! Today ended that! Woot!😁
  6. 28 points
    Well, it's that time of year, again. It's starting to get nice out during the day, but I thought I would get in one more nighttime hunt. And this last night hunt treated me well. I explored a new area about a mile from where I had found gold before. The rain really has changed the roads and washes in this area. Many areas were nearly unpassable. But I managed to get there with my trusty 4x4 and went out into the night feeling a little crazy (by myself) as I am many times. And the only thing that makes that crazy feeling fade away, is when you find that first piece of gold. And then the stars align and everything seems normal, again. Friday night's total came out to 7.25 grams. Some pictures didn't come out so well. Photography just doesn't work too well at night.
  7. 27 points
    "Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm "Hand Stacking"" .......And look what they missed. Gary
  8. 27 points
    It is tough to get out in the southern deserts right now so I though i`d share some gold you may not have seen. A while back boulder dash and I had a really good day. The article was in the November, 2018 issue of the Mining Journal. We have visited this patch several times since the discovery , finding maybe a piece or two ...Good times.... Over 65 grams in one day was recovered by us in a narrow little gully. Keep hunting folks, its out there ! Here`s some pictures...Enjoy ! The single narrow little gully , maybe 200 feet in length... The first 3 gram nugget discovered with a Gold Bug II in the overburden...
  9. 26 points
    Great day out hunting for gold. I almost didn’t dig up the nugget due to digging 3 bullet fragments in the same area. Even after the suspected nugget was in my scope it was covered with dirt and felt like another bullet fragments. I Can’t tell you the feeling wiping the dirt away and seeing a small area of gold.
  10. 26 points
    Hi All, We will be doing the fall outing in the weekend of November 15-17 at Little San Domingo. There will be some cool things going on and Minelab will also be there with some cool stuff to let you all test drive. More details as they come in.
  11. 26 points
    Found my biggest one this weekend! A total of five nuggets!😊
  12. 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!
  13. 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.
  14. 24 points
    Haven’t posted in a while. I enjoy seeing everyone’s gold finds so here is some pics. I will do a SG on this one at some point. I’m pretty good at guessing weight especially the half - 5 grammers. I was way off on this one. Found in a small wash about 3’ on the bank just out of the wash. 18” deep approximately. Probably knocked off 5 grams of caliche. I keep the scale at work so no pre weight taken. Brownie
  15. 24 points
    Holly, Lily and I headed out yesterday about Noon for a quick trip to pan some dirt. I took the Sdc2300 with so i could check some spots that I had worked over the last season. Well....Holly took the detector and started digging targets. Wire.... bullet... wire. Her attitude was still upbeat even though it was just trash. I told her to head for the bedrock and stay shallow. She did just that. She found, dug and recovered a nice little nugget! A side note: I was walking about two feet from the truck when I spotted this. Eyeball detecting on the fly. I guess its considered a sunbaker but it was under about 1/4" of water so i dont know if it technically qualifies.
  16. 24 points
    Im up to 29 nuggets now!😁
  17. 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 ......
  18. 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 !
  19. 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 !
  20. 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.
  21. 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!
  22. 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
  23. 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...
  24. 23 points
    Well I haven't been on the forums much lately but detecting still happens every now and then. Here are hand full of nuggets from a new area I found last year.... I had to get them all first lol. I hope all is well with everyone here. I will try and get to the outing and say hi!
  25. 23 points
    Out hillside and piddler wash prospecting in a new spot yesterday paid off... Think I will be going back because I like cornflakes.
  26. 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!😄
  27. 23 points
    Found my second half gram nugget! Last one was 7 months ago!😁
  28. 23 points
    Got a little nugget today! It's been 3 months!😆
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 22 points
    Went out today with Luke and Dad to do some detecting. Weather was fantastic! First wash I went up I was able to dig this little guy out with my finger. Sure is a neat feeling when you see a little yellow smile looking back up at you. We met up after a couple of hours and Luke/Dad had not found anything......so we went to the old stand by Pizza wash. I was able to coax 1.4 gram nugget out of a small trib to the side that I have detected a lot and Luke even hit it. Must have been the bigger 13x17 EVO along with wet ground that I heard it this time. It was about a foot deep. Luke scored two nice ones in the main wash. He worked for them though! Must have been about 40 holes he dug chasing banded ironstone, but two of them gave up some yellow. Mine is on the right, Lukes is on the left. Just missed that big rain storm. Got hit with it on the freeway. Would not have wanted to be back in those washes as some of them were still flowing. Great day out in the hills Tom H.
  33. 22 points
    It was great to see all the new faces, meet so many people from the forum, and subscribers to my channel ! Here`s some gold found during the outing. Boulder dash`s above the dime, and mine below the dime ...
  34. 22 points
    Hey all, Just got back from a couple days in Gold Basin on my way back from Washington. Weather was cool enough to enjoy a couple days camping with my sweetheart and try out an equinox 600 that I picked up recently. Iv head of lots of people having success with the 800 but not too much said about the 600 accept a few things that Steve over at DP had writtin. So I figured Id share my experience using the 600 with the 6" coil. We went back to an old patch there where Iv had luck before did a little scraping and viola! picked up one with the SDC right away. So we pulled out the 600 and did some more scraping and picked up our 1st nugget with the equinox! We spent all day there picking up dinks, and some really dinky dinks, which I thought was darn impressive... Anyway, my set up may not have been ideal as Im just learning this machine, but I thought I would share what worked for me there.. Field 2 Sensitivity 17-20 -9 through -1 blocked out everything else accepted 2 Tones Tone break at 0 iron bias 0 Ground Balance manual recovery speed 3 I didnt know what to expect from the 600 vs the 800 but since i had no experience with either it didnt matter.. But now I am fully convinced it (600) will find small pieces of gold with ease.. (under the right conditions of course) I didnt try the park or beach programs, but would toggle over to the all metal every once in awhile but otherwise just kept it in field 2. It was stable at sensitivity 17-18 but if you watched the numbers the hot rocks were bouncing all over the place from 6-12-26+ with an erratic tone. But when a 1-2 flashed in between and locked on it was surely a small piece of gold. (only one bb and one piece of lead out of 20 targets, yay!) Since id already cleared any bigger easy nuggets/trash from this spot I had no problem just ignoring anything other than a 1 or 2 on the Target id. We had a great time out there in that beautiful spot, and my sweetie had no problem finding nuggets with it! The smallest lil nugglets are tiny, it took 3-4 of them to make a grain. BTW Bill if you read this: Thanks for posting your vids using the equinox, kinda the reason I decided to give it a try. Hope everyone is getting out there now and enjoying the almost fall weather!
  35. 22 points
    Pretty much done for this year. We've had snow twice already and it's hitting the teens at night. Last season I got 106 bits for just under an ounce and this year I only detected 40 bits for just over an ounce so an improvement over my 1st season! 18 bits from Montana and 22 bits from Idaho. FULL DISCLOSURE: 1 gram of the tiniest bits came from crack scratching/panning in the creek. I had fun and met some locals from Helena area (BIG help) and that helped me stumble onto the two bigger pieces (25g/4.5g) that saved my season. As long as I can improve weight at the end of season over the last I've reached my main goal. Good luck out there guys!!!
  36. 22 points
    Was able to get out with Luke today and get some hunting in at one of my old spots. Boy, the rains really moved some material. After and arduous 5 mile hike in (well, it seemed like it.) Within 5 min. starting to hunt, I found the small one on the right with the 5000. Had to chase it around a little as it was tiny. About 5 min. after mine, Luke comes back to me and he had found the larger one. Its really flat. After 4 hrs of detecting and no gold, Luke found the little chunky one next to the flat one on the hillside. Great weather out today and gold was found. Nice thing about this wash is I park on the side of a paved road and walk in. Easy peasy! Tom H.
  37. 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.
  38. 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...
  39. 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.
  40. 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
  41. 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!!
  42. 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.
  43. 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
  44. 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
  45. 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..
  46. 21 points
    Finally was able to get out and detect for a weekend with a fellow forum member. He was only able to make it for one day verses my 2 days. We focused on hitting new areas looking for leader nuggets.. He was able to find one really nice piece. After that I spent many hard hours with no luck finding a patch. My first night by headlamp I headed to a old Bonevolent patch that we thought was worked out. Turns out we missed 3 chunky pieces. 2nd night hunt went to a different worked out patch and found 5 more chunky bits.. All the small stuff was just the gold monster 1000 being an amazing sensitive machine. 3 grams was my tally for the weekend.
  47. 21 points
    Been a mighty fine week in the desert! I picked up a 12x8 Evo for the 4500, as I have been hunting a lot of rock strewn washes. The Commander 11" is my only other coil, and I was missing a lot of ground by not getting it in between rocks, and up under bushes. Very impressed with this coil so far. I have no doubt the Minelab coil would have found these, but I could never have gotten the round coil into the spots they were found. What really blows me away, is how stable the 12x8 runs, compared to the 11. With the 11, I had a lot of EMI, and false chirps from blades of grass. I usually ran the gain at 9-10, with the stabilizer as low as 7, to get a smooth threshold. With the 12x8, I can bump gain up to 12, and stabilizer 10. Sensitive Extra timing was marginal with the 11, and I often couldn't use it. It's very stable with the 12x8. I'm not the most experienced hand with this machine, but the difference was dramatic to me. Found a couple really cool specimine pieces! I'll be flogging this spot hard! Regards, Kyle
  48. 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
  49. 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.
  50. 21 points
    Hey everyone, A buddy of mine Leo Aranza called and asked me he has a a 73 year old Japanese friend Mel who has a minelab detector, who just got it from Doc, and wanted to learn it and find some gold. I took him out to Gold Basin, made sure he was all setup and let him loose. I tell you what, when I am 73 , I hope I can climb hills and still detect like him. Leo is a very good coin/ relic hunter, that been detecting 30 years, and is just starting on gold. We all scored something. Leo ended up with over 200 grams of meteorites, Mel the older gentleman ended up getting a nice little meteorite, and a small 2 gram gold nugget. It was great to see someone get a nugget for the first time. I ended up with almost an ounce of nuggets, it was .77 ounces. and as a bonus got a 586 gram meteorite. Until next time, mucho oro for everyone....
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