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  1. 16 points
    So I sort of got a kick out of Mike Furness a couple of outings ago when he asked me, "So Doc, are you divorced?" I laughed and told him, "No far from it." But my wife Diana, has no interest in Gold Prospecting but she has never stood in my way to let me go out and look for the shiny. She knows I love this hobby. So anyway, just to update everyone on my marital status in case you were wondering. June 20th, my wife and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary. I started dating her when she was 16, and married her a month after she turned 18. All our kids and grand children came over and fixed us a big meal on Sunday, along with a beautiful cake. We got gift cards, and a certificate for us all to have a family portrait when it gets cooler. I got the ol' girl a brand new car for our anniversary, a Telluride. I know this is personal stuff but all you guys are my extended family. So Mike, NO I AM NOT DIVORCED. LOL Doc and Diana
  2. 10 points
    Hey, everyone! I just made a video that I think a lot of you will be interested in seeing. If anyone is interested in a copy of the results just let me know and I will post an image of them.
  3. 7 points
    Happy 4th of July to Mortlock, Bedrockbob, Mike Stang, Skip Auseeker, DaveDolan, Clay, Frank, BMc, Wet/Dry washer, Luke, Reuben MrMeteroite, Ivago, Chrisski, Jamale (not a Kenyan holiday I know), Filip, Bawaayce, Gooch, Fara_kayy, and everyone else. I enjoy the posts. You guys make Nuggetshooter interesting. Stay safe, billpeters
  4. 7 points
    Well done bro. A fine looking family Doc, may you have many more years to go with them. Got you beat by a little, 64 years with my bride and still going. Old Tom
  5. 7 points
    Terry rightly questioned whether the Gold SPOT™ was really any better than a regular treasure scoop. Well I already knew the answer to that question. You see for a year I have been working on the Gold SPOT™ design. I played with it I re-designed it, I proto-typed it 5 times. I wanted a design that would speed up nugget recovery and make it easier to keep the nugget in the scoop and not lose it. Remember, I'm the guy who had a catastrophic failure with the SAGA swing arm, and within days of release I recalled them all from the field. They just did not perform as they were supposed to. I went back to the drawing board and sunk thousands more dollars into re-designing and perfecting the SAGA™. I won't sell something unless I know it is a significant improvement over anything on the market. But just to show you what I already know, I decided to do a little impromptu video, an experiment. The video is unedited, except for the very end where I panned across an invoice with a customer's address on it that was sitting on the shipping table, I clipped that out. Watch the Gold SPOT™ in action and see what you think. Not to over-hype the Gold SPOT™ but one of the unique features of this scoop is that you can "HEAR" the gold. I know that sounds like an outrageous claim, but let me explain. When you get down to a small amount of dirt in a regular scoop along with a nugget and you agitate the scoop back and forth, the nugget does nothing but slide back and forth on the smooth bottom of the scoop. When you get down to a small amount of dirt in the Gold SPOT™ along with the nugget and you agitate the scoop the nugget rattles back and forth in the trough or channel clicking against the sides of the channel. Cool, right? I know we are getting quite a few Gold SPOTs™ out in the field and I would like to hear some feedback. Although if you are like me you are probably staying in out of the heat. -Doc
  6. 7 points
    Im glad that thing is not alive! ACK! Here is my little creation I made last year from a seed pod out of the Az. desert.
  7. 6 points
    Thanks to the Bush Fire, we were unable to prospect Payson. I scrambled to my haunts south of Mayer and we ran about a dozen buckets of dirt from two locations. First location was fly poo but location 2 panned out some great gold. So glad everyone (4 generations) worked out so well. The ol timer was tired but happy and so talkative about prospecting. Thanks all that gave me suggestions.
  8. 5 points
    I got a fireworks display in my scoop on July 5th when I found a 6g diamond cluster ring and a few other things.
  9. 5 points
    LOL, well at least I metal detect better than these two guys who walked right by this nugget, and the long nugget was found further up the gully far in front of them.
  10. 4 points
    Great finds, they must have been useing the wood bits to drill fishing holes! Ha! Ha! Grubstake
  11. 4 points
    $22 /lb sounds decent to me. I have to brave the herds and make a supply run this week. I may stop and get a lb or two, along with caps & 54 cal balls. That's probably more powder than I will shoot in a lifetime. It's a shame so many morons are ready to step right up and start killing their own countrymen.
  12. 4 points
    Congrats to you and your wife Doc. Not many can say they were married for 50 yrs these days. 2 more years and we hit 40....holy cow! Tom H.
  13. 4 points
    This is a demonstration of the Gold SPOT™ being used as a portable gold pan. It's extremely effective. Don't worry about the first few minutes where I am out of frame. Leo Aranza, my buddy, takes over and the rest of the video is well framed. -Doc
  14. 4 points
    There's always something to find. 😃
  15. 4 points
    Hey everyone, Me and Chris got out last weekend to do some prospecting on the outskirts of Goldfield, Nevada. We have been doing pretty well in this area, but there is also a lot of trash. We had to stick mostly to the sidebanks of the washes to get away from the trash. After digging a few huge holes for square nails, we got pretty tired fast...🥵 but pulled some nice gold out of the ground. Well until the next time, Dave
  16. 3 points
    Congrats to You and your bride , the years have treated you and your family well. I remember you well from my LV days when you were in the storage place. My bride and I are starting on our 59 year.
  17. 3 points
    Yes it was Prescott Valley. I don't remember the year. I've been a Minelab dealer for 28 years. I think Kevin Hoagland was opening up a Minelab store / information center? My gosh, ancient history. I know 2010 was when I went to North Sudan. You notice in the second picture that Rob Allison decided he had to take a poop right in the middle of my presentation, or maybe that was his comment on the quality of the presentation. Doc
  18. 3 points
    I guess it doesn't really matter if some one actually found it or not. If someone actually found it, everyone except that lucky person and Fenn will be suspicious, all that matters now is that it's not out there any longer so everyone can go back to their normal or not so normal lives since there's nothing to find now!!
  19. 3 points
    Or if he just went back and recovered it himself.
  20. 3 points
    Bob: It is 14 ga copper wire. Soldered together then I nickel plated it and burnished the toe nails so you could see the copper again
  21. 3 points
    I'm suspicious of this, without the solve or the person who "found" the treasure, who's to know if it was ever hidden?
  22. 3 points
    I make birds out of them too! A lot like that. But I leave the stem on. It looks like a bird head. These aren't finished. But you get the general idea... What did you use for feet?
  23. 3 points
    Hey Slim! I'm doing almost exactly the same thing with another creation. The New Mexico Red Chile Lure. I have been selling these for years using a similar scenario for a gag gift. Here is a shot of my display. And a shot of the instructions.
  24. 3 points
    Chris Here is a photo of one of my patches I have growing. They are flowering good and have lots of little pods on them. Some plants are big and some are little. The big ones are about 18 high. I planted hundreds of seeds way back in mid March. A few came up but they are the small ones. Then the rest came up in mid May when things warmed up. They seemed to be stronger and grow faster than the early sprouters. They are seeds from a hundred mile radius. So there could be a couple species and three subspecies. You can tell the difference by the flower. All of mine so far are the white and purple flowers. That is the annual species. Im hoping to get a few yellow flowered ones started. Those are the perennial kind and grow back each year from roots. What do your flowers look like from the white seeded ones? There are several different kinds of purple flowered ones. The flowers have different markings. Some have yellow. Some are nearly white with just a little lavender. Some plants are really red looking. Some are light green. Some have a slightly different shaped pod. The yellow flowered ones are smaller plants and the pods are different. They vine out more and the flowers are much bigger. The pod is super strange and harder shelled. I have never seen the white seeded kind. I have made 600 scorpions so far. Six pods to a scorpion. That is 3600 devil claw pods I have collected in the past couple years and not one white seed. When your plants get seeded pods on them I would like to get one. I'll trade you a scorpion for one if that interests you. I want to grow some next year!
  25. 2 points
    There are tons of claims out there that are invalid, I see them all the time. But when they appear valid to the hobbyists, chances are they'll stay off.
  26. 2 points
    That probably why they call it REsearch Chris. One search rarely gives you the whole picture. I have spent many hours, days and months in dark dank records basements staring at microfiche machines before the public records were digitized. I spent two weeks in Prescott researching just one location near Cherry. I have to laugh sometimes when I hear complaints about how hard this type of research is. The work hasn't gotten much easier or different but being able to do it from the comfort of my office instead of traveling many miles each day to dig through county records sure makes it more comfortable and efficient.
  27. 2 points
    Congratulations. Sounds like you are making progress Chris. Claim size reductions are properly accomplished as amendments to the original location. There is no need to make a new claim location to reduce a claim's size. In Maricopa County Claim Amendment records are grouped under "MINING CLAIM AND/OR LOCATION". You are probably better off to search for claim amendments by the claim name. Not all recordings are always categorized correctly in Maricopa. Sure would be a lot easier if they would just follow the law and organize their records by TRS. A word of caution regarding claim amendments. Claim amendments are most commonly the result of improperly filed claims at the BLM state office. The locator is sent a notice by the BLM to amend their claim or have their claim case file closed. Usually those notices will occur within the first three years of location. Once a notice to amend is received the claimant needs to stake the modified claim location on the ground, make a claim amendment with map if needed, record that amendment with the county and file a copy with the BLM state office. Usually they only have 30 days to accomplish all that. Most claimants just skip the staking and county recording. That's bad for the claim validity and stupid because the public has no other way of knowing where the claim is now located. Often you will reach a dead end with claim amendments. How you deal with that is problematic. The amended map filed at the BLM has no legal existence until the staking and county recording are accomplished. It may show what the claim owner intended but it legally amounts to nothing more than wishes and dreams. Without a public record and stakes the claim essentially is in limbo. The BLM won't recognize the validity of the original location but there is no legally required public record of the amended location. No stakes on the ground and no public record made means the amended claim has no definable location. If the location isn't definable then it isn't really a location at all is it? As you know I deal with this stuff daily. I'll help you with what I can but if locators and claimants don't maintain a public record there is nothing you or I can do to know where or if a valid claim exists. Welcome to my world.
  28. 2 points
    Maybe he was hoping to hook an iron fish. 😅 https://www.bbc.com/news/health-32749629 Seriously..I don't think it's iron ore. Probably a piece of scrap iron that came from a wreck or fell off a barge.
  29. 2 points
  30. 2 points
    Wow! I cant believe I got the date right? I knew the place...but the date I forgot. Thanks! Tom H.
  31. 2 points
    Thank you. I have always loved to tinker with ideas and try to make stuff better. I always loved Robert Kennedy's quote, which he paraphrased from a play by Bernard Shaw, "There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not? That is sort of how I have lived my life. Doc
  32. 2 points
    I saw Comet Neowise (C/2020 F3) rise above the mountains NE of Phoenix this morning from near the Bush Fire burn area at 4:18 a.m. an hour an 15 minutes before sunrise. I was at the Beeline highway and the Bush highway intersection on a remote, dark cul de sac. Comet Neowise was 0 magnitude and easy to see naked eye with a one degree tail. I found it by right angle triangulating from Venus and Capella with the comet rising at the right angle point. Through my 60x20 binocs it had a very distinct, bright nucleus with a sharp edged tail brighter on the left side than the right side. The tail had lots of detail. This is the brightest comet since Hale-Bopp and Hyakutake of the last century. I usually see 4 comets just with my binocs annually. This is by far the best. It will be an evening sky comet in a few weeks at probably 0 magnitude or brighter with a clear tail. You should try seeing it before it leaves the morning skies. Check out tomorrow morning. Also go to www.spaceweather.com for more info. o Keep looking up, billpeters
  33. 2 points
    Winner-Winner! Pm me your shipping particulars!
  34. 2 points
    2010? Prescott Valley? If I didn't know Bill personally, I would never think that was him in the second pic. Tom H.
  35. 2 points
    Where were we, and what year was it? Yes, there is a prize!!
  36. 2 points
    Very interesting! I have not seen anyone else test like that. I usually just run the small coil, seems to deal with difficult ground better. By the looks of your small coil cover, you use it mostly also Good luck to you out there. Tom H.
  37. 2 points
    Happy 4th of July everyone! Stay safe and healthy.
  38. 2 points
    I stopped by Sportsman's Warehouse yesterday to get some Pyrodex. The place was swamped with people buying up all the .223 and 9mm. Ammo and components to shoot their fellow American with. As I waited in line the conversation was all about killing thy neighbor in support of a political viewpoint. It reminded me of a bunch of traitorous Frenchmen. Pyrodex was readily available and cheap. I paid $22 bucks a pound. And there was a good selection of balls, bullets and sabots. No one seems to be interested in anything that does not have a high cycle rate. So it is a great time to shoot a smokestick. They had several boxes of the Hornady FTX 210 and 250 gr. .452 bullets. These are the same bullets that you buy with the TC sabots but they are less than half price in boxes of 100. So that is a super good deal. They don't carry any sabots other than the standard TC stuff. Those are too small for accuracy in many muzzle loaders but they had plenty. And they had lots of black powder primers and shotgun primers too. I'll be ordering a bunch of sabots from Harvester. They said they have a big demand and two week lead time. So these are the only thing that is in short supply right now. I plan on shooting a couple days a week for the next couple weeks. I have a hunt in October for mule deer in a place where it will be challenging to get a shot. Things need to be just right with the rifle. I have another surgery in late July that will put me out for a few weeks. I won't have a lot of time afterward to get back on my feet and get some shooting in before the hunt. So I'll be burning a lot of powder in July.
  39. 2 points
    Thanks Bill, happy 4th of July to everyone! Be safe and make sure you toss that firework before it explodes, and don't look down that mortar tube trying to figure out why it didn't go off!!!
  40. 2 points
    Hi there, I’m no expert but it doesn’t appear to be one to me. Especially in the side two, being two-toned. But like I say, “Opinions are like belly buttons, everyone has one.” Jayray
  41. 2 points
    One of the pics shows the Pod next to a wallet for scale. I’ve split all the pods open to take the seeds out, but I found out later there may be as many as 10 more seeds hidden in one of the compartments. I split it open and two compartments were pretty easy to get to, but I didn’t know about the other two, if those even exist on this kind. To grow the seeds, I soaked them on a paper towel for a few days, just like I had to do the squash seeds. Someone else recommended soaking the deeds overnight and carefully cutting the shell off and then planting what’s on the inside. Out of the four seeds I planted, 1 grew in a few days, and a second sprouted a month later, but this second smaller plant died when I transplanted it. The lady I got these from off E-Bay said she got it from the To’hokam tribe by Tucson. Another pic shows it about 18” tall in my front yard. It is fed by a little drip irrigation sprinkler every day. The lady I got the seeds from said this plant grows to about five feet tall and will make about 40 pods per plant. She said sun or partial sun, and a little bit of water. We haven’t had rain here in probably 120 days, so. I don’t see this doing well on its own. The other picture shows what I think are the flower pods coming out. Has not budded, so I’m not sure the color. Whatever those white flies are in the pic, are eating the leaves, but the plants still growing. I’m treating with Neem oil, and trying to avoid pesticides, but thaw neem oil does not seem to be working to well. I would send some of the pods and seeds out to you if you want to PM me where you want these to go. These pods I have now are basically on the bottom of a hanging plant outside, and I’ve got a couple dozen seeds in the fridge.
  42. 2 points
    That part doesn't sound too bad. Making the saltpeter is the nasty part. I looked up how it used to be made...and I don't want any part of that. https://www.survival-manual.com/saltpeter.php I am sure I would change my tune if it saved the life of someone I cared about.
  43. 2 points
    If I were a fishie, I'd swim away as fast as I could after seeing that.😅
  44. 1 point
    That is a Moqui marble. A hematite concretion. It is not from Mars but the surface of Mars has many of them. It is iron that forms in sandstone.
  45. 1 point
    I decided to build a new critter with some materials I gathered last fall. A highly poisonous spider. His abdomen is a datura ferox pod. His body a datura inoxia pod. His head is two mescal beans. His legs are eight devil claws. His fangs are barrel cactus thorns. His eyes are clusters of goatheads. The mescal beans (New Mexico Mountain Laurel) contain cystine, a lethal alkaloid similar to nicotine. The datura ferox (Armored Datura) is loaded with scopolamine and the datura inoxia (Jimson Weed) has atropine. Just a little of any of these alkaloids will give a guy a dirt nap. So this rascal is truly venomous. There is only one of these spiders in existence. But there are spider eggs all over the work bench and I think a new swarm is going to hatch.
  46. 1 point
    I think I would just buy the KNO3 and bypass that process. But no one has lived until they use carbide and mercury to make acetylides for priming! I saw a guy make priming explosive in a mercury coated copper pan. Just like amalgamation. He used a piece of carbide and a little water in one corner. The stuff he scraped off the pan the next morning went into copper caps he punched the night before. He could make quite a few caps with a bean sized drop of mercury and a little chunk of carbide.
  47. 1 point
    Great video Doc! You sold me!! Now I have to get you to design a short handled sand scoop for the beach out of this plastic!
  48. 1 point
    Hi Dave, I have been up in that area before. I recognized one of the mountains in the video. Have not found any placer gold up there yet. Lots of silver mines. We have a friend that has a ranch there that we visit sometimes my wife goes horseback riding with them. You did well Congratulations.
  49. 1 point
    Outstanding piece of da oro Dave
  50. 1 point
    Wow, just got news of this. He was such a fun guy. Had fun with him when he camped next to us at Rich Hill. Still have his Chili Verde recipe. Rest in Peace my friend -Johnno and Kat
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