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  1. 7 points
    And you thought your neihborhood was tough.
  2. 7 points
    Just got back from a few days in the mountains bowfishing. My son got a bucket full of big bullfrogs and we had a great time. We did manage to shoot a few fish as well. Here he is with a whopper goldfish. What a neat target for a bow from a kayak! He cut that rascal up and caught two nice catfish with cut bait. And here is a nice Gila trout I managed to hit. He is about 20 inches long. I have fished for these trout in this lake for years. I have never caught one. But I was working along the bank looking for frogs and saw lots of nice fish down deep under the boat. At first I couldn't tell what they were. I watched them for several minutes and decided they were trout but I honestly could not tell what kind they were. There were many of them and they were all nice size. I started taking shots down deep and it took several shots to get the "drop" right. The fish were in about 3 feet of water and it is extremely tough to figure out your trajectory and make shots that deep. Not to mention trout are swimming around and turning all the time and can be tough targets. But after a couple hours and a dozen shots I finally managed to nail a pretty nice one. I couldn't believe it when I pulled him up and saw it was a Gila trout. He was bright sunset orange and yellow. What a hoot! I dressed him out immediately and buried him in ice. Battered and deep fried within 4 hours or so. Yuk man. I ate the skin and a big piece of meat just to say I ate it and fed the rest to the dog. He was a lot more fun to shoot than eat. The frog legs and catfish was excellent though so everyone was well fed. Thanks to my son. I spent the whole day getting a Gila trout and that was cool. But the toddler put the frog legs and catfish on the table. And he did it shooting (and fishing) off that kayak which is something I just can't get the hang of at all. So cheers to the offspring! He is a real fisherman!
  3. 4 points
    I sure respect that position Skip. I think we see it in much the same terms. We deal with it at opposite ends of the spectrum though. So here is my perspective on it... When I was a youngster just learning to hunt my father took me to a slaughter house where they were killing and butchering pigs. I saw what real horror was. Animals feel that every bit as keenly as humans do. Those pigs that were waiting knew exactly what was happening. They could see and hear it and they hunkered and trembled in fear often for hours before their death. There was no attempt to reduce pain or fear. I knew instinctively that if I ate that meat that I would be committing some sort of a minor "sin". What was happening was morally wrong. There was pain and horror of innocent animals at the hands of some humans which (I am told) are all in need of some salvation. All that bad stuff had to be going somewhere. I figured it was going into the bacon. I had already seen how they kill beef cattle and although it was not as bad it was still grim business. And half of the stuff they make from a cow is from parts that a hunter would leave in the field. I saw the stark contrast between a hunter harvesting an animal and how commercial meat was handled. I wanted to insure that my diet contained the least amount of terror, pain and horror as possible. So like everything else that has to be done right I had to do it myself. That is a big reason that I hunt. Most of the red meat that I eat comes from animals that don't even know they are dead yet. And most of the fish go to sleep in a box of ice. The guy that killed them loved and respected them. Their death was done ceremoniously, with honor and intent. Almost an act of worship in a holy place. They were not only food but the hunt made the hunter stronger and wiser. Each hunt is a spiritual and emotional journey as well as a physical one. And when I make a mistake and cause fear or pain I must see it. I must feel bad about it. I must walk and track until I get the job done or admit I cannot. I have to ask for forgiveness and make it right because I see the consequences of my actions as it is happening. And I try to learn from it. I figure that is just that much less crap I am going to have to deal with trying to get my heathen azz into heaven you know? My plan is to have a bunch of colorful fish and sleek deer at my judgement talking me up about what a groovy warrior I am. Otherwise I am afraid I will have a herd of horrified hogs hunkering in some awful nightmare situation witnessing for me. Just my two sheckles on it. https://nationaldeeralliance.com/presidents-blog/top-10-famous-quotes-for-deer-hunters A peculiar virtue in wildlife ethics is that the hunter ordinarily has no gallery to applaud or disapprove of his conduct. Whatever his acts, they are dictated by his own conscience, rather than by a mob of onlookers. It is difficult to exaggerate the importance of this fact." -Aldo Leopold
  4. 4 points
    Most BLM that changes hands is a result of a land swap. They give up some land in exchange for access somewhere else. At least that is the way it goes in New Mexico. There is a pretty strict set of guidelines about that. You have to be pretty important to game that system. BLM land just does not change hands unless there is justification of some sort and it goes through a swap process. If BLM is turning into State Trust then there are probably some acres of State Trust or private land that is creating access to some BLM or National Forest somewhere. There are public records of that stuff and the local BLM office will be able to tell you all about it. Land changing hands is a fairly big deal and there is always opposition by concerned groups and individuals. So opinions are easy to come by on both sides. Clay is bound to chime in to tell us all exactly how it happened. He is the expert on this kind of thing but is slow to respond until he can correct someone. That is where I come in. I have offered a generalized opinion with only a little experience in the subject. This should put just enough red meat in the water to get Clay to come in and tell us what is happening on the Hassayampa.
  5. 4 points
    I would recommend the Sierra Club or the Wild Earth Guardians. They have a lot better claims than the GPAA and you get a sweet backpack with a $50 membership.
  6. 4 points
    Here is a better video that Bill shot.
  7. 3 points
    Just wondering if them wheels will show up on Dave's plane...….
  8. 3 points
    Good stories and a great reminder to us all, especially those just starting out. Digging up trash shouldn't confirm what your insecure subconsciousness is trying to convince you of, (that you're never going to find gold) The experienced conscious mind understands that every piece of thrash dug is just one step closer to success . . . digging up a gold nugget (and holding it in your hand)
  9. 3 points
    (NOTICE: No gold found on this outing. Read on only if you enjoy reading about the adventure.) Deep Canyon Ghost CampWe’d heard rumours, but we’d never followed up on the information . . .We were told to head down the logging road until we saw a large area off to the left side that had a designated winter pull-out for vehicle parking. After we’d found the spot, we were supposed to check the forest behind the pull-out for an old trail, and by following the trail, it would lead us down the mountain into a steep canyon where the Old Timers had taken out lots of chunky gold, and all of their work was done by hand as the gold was shallow to bedrock; shallow diggings, the Old Timer’s bread, butter, and cream. Furthermore, there was supposed to be an old cabin where a highly successful miner had been found dead. His body was discovered during the deep winter snows, and only located weeks after he’d died, but his cache had never been found. So, it seemed like a good spot to investigate.We grabbed a couple of detectors, some bear spray, a flare gun with bear bangers, some sniping tools, a couple of pans, and off we went.Not far into the trees we found an old cabin, but it wasn’t quite old enough for the stories we’d been told, but it did have some cool items in it; however, there were no other structures, and we’d been told there were “cabins”.We carried on, picking up the thread of the trail, but we got crossed by some deadfall. Working our way through, we were soon on our way downslope. In short order, the steep trail dropped in pitch even more, and the surrounding forest was extremely quiet, which was unexpected.We were in an area of dense growth, but no buildings were visible anywhere. As we rounded a bend in the trail, we saw a collapsed roof, and under the roof, the drooping remains of a log structure. Off to the right at about a 45-degree angle, there was a building that had obviously been a workshop at one time, as lots of cast off materials and machinery parts surrounded it.In front of us, right off the trail to our left, was an old root cellar, and someone had been digging behind it, throwing out all of the old cans and bottles. To our immediate right was a building and part of the roof was beginning to collapse. What was interesting is that under an intact portion, there were still many cords of cut firewood.As the steepness of the descent increased, we came upon a large, long log building, one that had been re-roofed in more modern times. To elaborate a bit, the cuts of the logs where they were fitted at the ends had been beautifully done by some master builder in the past. Those logs were securely locked; it was built to weather any kind of severe force. To the left of the long building, there was a house, the roof over the porch collapsing, and when we went inside for a peek, someone had done a lot of work to cover the rooms in every ceiling with tin, and that was curious.After poking around the surrounding buildings for a while, and after snapping some pictures, we worked our way along the edge of the cliffs to get down to the creek.One of the first things we noticed was a hand-stacked rock wall on the opposite side, one expertly crafted on the bedrock of the creek to rise up to then intersect the cliff face. Someone went to a lot of work to stabilize that spot.Visible above the rock wall and the cliff were countless hand-stacks of cobbles, evidence of the gold rush where the miners were working the shallow diggings to get to the easy placer. (Later on, we met a modern-day miner, and he told us there were lots of nuggets recovered in the two to three-ounce range!) As the canyon was so steep, and due to the shallow deposits, it had never been worked by mechanized mining.My son fired up his detector and set off to see what he could find.While he was hunting for targets, I set up to provide over-watch: we were after all in the land of the grizzly and the black, as well as the territory of the cougar.As luck would have it, there were no encounters with apex predators, and it was a beautiful afternoon with the forest lit by golden shafts of soft sunlight that filtered down from high overhead. However, the normal symphony of mountain songbirds was absent, as were any signs of hummingbirds or butterflies, all my normal companions while chasing placer. In addition, no mountain flowers were present, reflecting the scanty soil conditions of the canyon.As I kept watch, I moved around and noticed that every place there was any kind of a gut or a draw the miners had tossed out the cobbles to reach the bedrock bottom. In fact, I couldn’t find one place where they hadn’t excavated any likely-looking spot. Furthermore, as I looped above the area where my son was working, I came across numerous trash pits with all kinds of interesting old cans and containers, rusted evidence of either former food or fuel needs.My son called me down to the creek where he’d isolated a target underwater, but it turned out to be a small part of an old square nail, which for whatever reason always sounds off like a good find on the pulse machine. He kept digging the rest of the afternoon and recovered countless trash targets: square nail tips and sections; intact square nails of various sizes; bits of can-slaw; a chunk of punch-plate; various pieces of wire of differing compositions; as well as chunks of lead, etc.What he didn’t find was any gold, but that’s the way it goes in the nugget hunting game; buckets of trash get dug before the gold gets found. In retrospect, I don’t even know how many buckets of trash I dug before I found my first nugget, and I think that’s what kills most beginning nugget shooters. They give up after the first palm-full of trash or sooner. Nugget hunting requires serious dedication and patience, but when that first sassy nugget is finally in the palm, there’s nothing like it, nothing.We gathered up our gear, took a few more pictures of the cabins and buildings on our way out, and then hit the switchbacks as we slogged our way up out of that silent canyon.We will go back, but with a different focus this time. We’ll move some hand-stacks from some likely looking spots to give the underlying, undetected bedrock a sniff. I mean, two to three-ounce nuggets? Something had to have been missed in a crack somewhere . . .All the best,Lanny
  10. 3 points
    They react in exactly the same way when they encounter someone sniffing drainpipes and mumbling incoherently.
  11. 3 points
    Hi Lanny, I've been catching up on your thread and enjoying your adventures. Something you wrote about blundering into the h2o fast lane while trying to cross a river while dredging reminded me of something I did years ago when I was able to spend my summers in the Sierra's. There is a lot to be said for spending 10 hours a day in a river during the heat of the summer, I know you can relate. One of the things that happens is that you get extremely comfortable being underwater. This particular morning while my partner was still finishing breakfast in his camper I decided to get an early start. I walked the quarter mile downriver to where our dredges were tied up. There I stood on a huge outcropping of bedrock as I changed into my 3/8 inch farmer-john hooded wetsuit, pulled on my boots, grabbed my gloves and mask and walked down to where the dredge was tied off. There I started up the twin engines, struggled into my weight belt, popped my mask on and jumped in. In a cloud of bubbles I settled twelve feet down in a moderate current, moon-walked my way over to the dredge nozzle and went to work. There was a nagging question at the back of my mind but it wasn't bubbling up so I went on continuing to enlarge the hole we had started a few days earlier. Then with a sudden shock I realized what was bothering me; I had not put on my harness or my airline. I had been on the bottom for almost two minutes before it dawned on me. I hurriedly dropped my weight belt, shot to the surface and paddled over to the outcrop. My biggest worry was not about my safety but, much more importantly, that my partner might have seen me. Mercifully, to my relief, he was still downing that last cup of coffee up at camp.
  12. 3 points
    This is one of the weirdest and most fun reads I've had in a long time. The thousands of pages on Spanish signs and symbols is always good fun to see a discussion on - we've had quite a few of them over the years but few as far out as this one. There have been some signs and symbols found, well-known and true, but building rock outcrops with mortar was not among them no matter how long you stare at them - I sure wish, since it seems BMc you had a camera with you, that you'd taken a moment to snap one of some of these clues. and Bob your Feb. 28th post had me literally crying with laughter. You have always had a brilliant take on humor even though it stings on occasion. That post had my wife, who could care less about anything to do with southwest spanish treasure lore, hysterically laughing as well. I always wonder where you find the time to set out your premises but some legends are better off not knowing the answers to. Thanks everyone for another off-the-wall forum thread.
  13. 3 points
    If you're hunting for gold nuggets, you'll need to learn to isolate the target 'manually'. Sorry to say, most nuggets you are going to find, won't be big enough for the pinpointer to be of any use. It's an extra tool, an extra set of variables and possibilities, something you'll probably lose at least once, something extra to carry.... no matter how light it may be. Unnecessary in my opinion. Learn to use your scoop. Pinpointers become more valuable if you're digging deep holes looking for larger targets. If you're hunting for coins and relics, then a pinpointer is a good thing to have. Good Luck out there.
  14. 2 points
    Electrician, If you are an electrician, I have buddys out here in Las Vegas that are electricians, making $35-40 an hour..... I dont know a fully qualified electrician making under $20 an hour.... I would go that route, than $100 a day...
  15. 2 points
    Angel lake has good fish and wild horse
  16. 2 points
    Just the tail wheel, the landing gear wheels are way over sized. Old Tom
  17. 2 points
    I like this post, I quit fishing and hunting years ago because I don't kill anything unless I eat it and now a days I don't have time to clean the catch, so I won't go and hunt or fish for the fun of it, even fishing and releasing them doesn't suit me, if I ever need the food I will do it all again, but the suffering will be minimal to the food source.
  18. 2 points
    It is big business here as well. But even business won't make a trout taste good. I think it is safe to say that many fishermen regard trout as one of the least palatable catches. Especially stockers. And as water temps and fish size increase so does the muddy taste. It is worse in lakes and less in rivers. That has been my personal experience. I am certain I am not alone with this opinion. You may enjoy them all and that is just peachy. I find the small wild stream trout palatable when they hit the skillet within a few minutes of being caught. In frigid weather from icy water they are good fare. I like small fresh caught trout baked in foil with citrus and butter in the winter. The only way I enjoy summer trout is when it is cooked into spicy fish patties and served with a big bowl of mountain grown pinto beans. Any other fish including carp, frogs, crayfish, and shellfish are preferable to trout IMHO. I like walleye best but I eat every fish I take except the carp. I eat many pounds of catfish, bass. crappie and frogs each year and we always manage to have a couple of crawfish dinners. I do catch a few trout each year but I generally release them or give them away to someone who likes them. The only reason I shot that trout is because I had never shot a trout with a bow. The only reason I ate him was because I shot him. I probably won't shoot at another trout because I would not want to have to eat another one. I love hitting fish with that arrow though buddy! It is just intoxicating to shoot down into the water and see that arrow go through a big fish. Wow what a rush! I will hunt bass or catfish to get my kicks though. It is kinda like tassel eared squirrel hunting. They are as big as cats and hide like snipers in those tall ponderosa pines. They are the ultimate rifle target bar none. I freaking LOVE to shoot them out of tall trees and watch them tumble down over the branches while the dog goes berzerk. It is almost as good as sex and you can do it 10 times a day. But I quit shooting them years ago because I hate to skin them and I don't like to eat them. I just can't kill them for fun because that is not cool no matter how much fun it may be. Shooting trout is a lot the same for me I guess.
  19. 2 points
    A lovely shade of green I'd imagine. Alaska Fish and Game used to release the older "brooder" trout into local lakes once in a while. They were fun to catch, but as you pointed out...were mushy fleshed and tasted like chit.
  20. 2 points
    He tasted just like mud with bones. I think all the Gila trout in that lake are stockers from the hatchery. There was a fishing derby a couple weeks ago and they said they stocked a bunch of big ones just before it started. My guess is that the fish I saw were these stocked trout. A smaller, naïve fish would have probably tasted a whole lot better. Still, trout is not my favorite eating. Everywhere in New Mexico except this particular lake you need a special license to fish for Gila Trout. Lots of guys are obsessed with catching them on flies and spend hundreds of hours trying to land one. I have a buddy that has been at it for 3-4 years now and has not caught one. I showed him the photo and he hates me now. He thinks it is cheating that I shot it with a bow and arrow. I figure getting one that way is just as tough and a lot less likely than catching one on a fly. Lots of fly fishermen have caught them. I cant say I have ever heard of anyone taking a Gila trout with a bow. Now I know where they are hanging out I bet I can catch them pretty easy on a rod and reel. I wonder what color my buddy would turn if I showed him a stringer full?
  21. 2 points
    I knew George as well. What a terrible accident. RIP George
  22. 2 points
    Thanks Lanny buckets of junk before the first nugget, I identify with that! In the late eighties I lived in Chino Valley, Arizona. I was frustrated and George Med told me to stop by for some mentoring, so I did... He watched me tune and use my Garrett. He looked through my junk and said I should be finding gold as well as anyone... nonetheless, I continued to find anything except gold! so it went for a while longer . ps. George was a very successful gold hunter at time..may he Rest In Peace fred
  23. 2 points
    The rivers would be the easiest route of travel, especially the more pack animals that are taken on a trip. I would put likely routes of travel on any of those rivers listed on the maps and would not be surprised if at some point exploration parties were not sent out along any of those rivers. Some of the Spanish exploration parties were rather big, and I think they would of sent at least scouting parties up some of the tributaries. For the 300 years they were in AZ, the Spanish were in the new world to make money to take back to the old world, so in the amount of time they were here, not sending scouting parties would seem to be negligent. I'm just not convinced all these forays they did across Arizona found a whole lot worth them coming back, so I doubt there's much out there worth finding. I think these forays they did were not much more profitable than all my prospecting trips.
  24. 2 points
    This is very interesting! My father in law grew up in West Texas near Uvalde...He said that when he was around 11 or 12, he was hiking up a canyon and saw a small cave opening...He was able to squeeze himself partly into the cave to where he could look in with his flashlight ... He said he saw a skeleton with spanish armor and helmet...There was a rotted bag mixed with a pile of gold ... He was afraid to force himself through the tight opening and decided he would wait until he had someone else with him to help him bring out the finds ...When he and some friends went back more than a year later...Typical treasure story: They couldn't find the cave again...He said they went back a few times but never could find it... The maps you've published above show one of the spanish trails going pretty near where he made his find...
  25. 2 points
    There are instances where the BLM retains mining rights on State Trust Land, but for me its way to complicated to research, and there's way to much open BLM land. I asked Clay about some BLM claims filed on State Trust Land on the other side of the Hassunyumpa river South of Castle Hot Springs Road. My less than perfect memory remembers him saying there are certain instances where the BLM gives land to the State, which I think is in Early Statehood or pre-Statehood, but retains the BLM retains the subsurface rights. For me researching this is near impossible because unfortunately you need to go through the plats and each issue of the federal register to see what they did with each township, range, and section. These are digitized, but there's no easy way to search for that info In particular I was upset about a club that maintained a claim in that area on top of state trust land. When I contacted the club, they said the claim was good, but I could not get any details from them. The state trust land in this area retains the subsurface rights. What I did with that club is not go to that claim, and I dropped my yearly membership.
  26. 2 points
    Mysterious large mass discovered on Moon bewilders scientists: 'Whatever it is, wherever it came from' https://www.foxnews.com/science/mysterious-mass-discovered-moon
  27. 2 points
    The subject of isolating the target manually, (ie; pinpointing the signal location before digging in the wrong place), often is covered in the detector manual and may include: approaching the target from one direction, then detecting perpendicular to your first approach, which may help narrow down your search field somewhat. Finally, turning the coil on edge and repeating the above may further reduce the target area, allowing you to concentrate on a relatively small diameter piece of ground to excavate. Then, your scoop or plastic cup should be able to help you finish the job. Recommendation: If you are having a problem pinpointing a signal, scrub the ground with a good super magnet to capture the small, annoying pieces of ferrous metal, boot tacks, wire, nails etc. That can be a big time saver by eliminating many of your trash targets. If your still have a signal after doing the above, (it's probably still only a shotgun pellet, bullet, piece of aluminum, etc. etc. almost ad infinitum, but not quite. In that case, keep digging. It might just be the "not quite" that you're looking for.
  28. 2 points
    I have the pf 35. I use it . But rarely. It will speed up recovery, but only when your pin pointer can see . Some detectors are so "good" that it will see what a pin pointer wont (tiny gold). If you think you might be digging relics also it would be wise to keep it.
  29. 2 points
    I have BOTH of your bells rung!! I love seeing new gold content. Always gets me excited! Thanks guys!!!
  30. 2 points
    There is a bell icon by the like button Adam and one can click that at YouTube to be notified whenever a new video is posted by that channel. I have your bell rung mister
  31. 2 points
    The rainy season here in central Brazil is over now and the big fires have started. Yesterday I turned off the pavement onto the dirt road that runs about 10 miles down the middle of the valley that has produced much gold in many years. Then after about four miles I saw a big black cloud of smoke start up so I turned around at the first gated road entrance. Within seconds I saw red flashing lights coming up behind me, yep the police were watching the road. They asked why I was running from them, I said i was running away from the smoke so I couldn't be accused of starting the fire. They said have a good day and waved me on. WHEW! Could have been different if they had seen my detecting equipment stored out of sight.
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    Probably really nice !
  34. 1 point
    I was under the impression there might be some remaining interest in seeing and posting fish photos. I was very impressed with LukeJ's fish. so hopefully he won't mind that I brought them over here so anyone can comment on them and post pics of their own if they wish. I do'n know what he used for bait but Trout love to eat their own and is the best bait I've personally found. (Rainbow semi-divers are great!) Also killer for large mouth bass, so I'm told. The Bass in the retro pic were caught on a plastic/rubber worm and a small split shot. The 80 lb catfish was caught on a trot line using cut bait in Elephant Butte (NM), Lake/Reservoir in late Feb of this year. As far as I'm concerned, this thread is open for any topic, question, comment or photo post that is in keeping with forum standards.
  35. 1 point
  36. 1 point
    Well there are other things you need to look at also, and one of those is having a reliable buyer that pays a good price. Remember, you very rarely get spot prices for gold, so selling it is a big part.
  37. 1 point
    Yea looks like tons of fun, and congrats on the elusive trout that's a beauty of a fish.
  38. 1 point
    SPANISH EXPLORERS IN THE BRADSHAWS? (part 2) From the Historical Record: "In 1583, (some records show 1582), a Spanish expedition under Antonio de Espejo departed Zuni, New Mexico, entering Eastern Arizona searching for gold and silver. They continued West/North West, ultimately crossing the little Colorado river and the Verde river. Near present-day Jerome, the Spaniards found "rich silver and copper deposits", where Espejo saw a large mine shaft that had been hacked out of the rocks by the Indians who used the oxidized copper ores for paints and pigment. Nearby, a large canyon that empties into the Verde River called Sycamore Canyon, was discovered by members of the Espejo expedition where prospectors from Espejo's party found gold. The Spaniards recorded the location on a map and eventually returned to Mexico City, loaded down with mineral specimens" "Espejo said of the mines, I found them, and with my own hands I extracted ore from them, said by those who know, to be rich and to contain much silver.The region where these mines are found is for the most part mountainous, as is also the road leading to them . Espejo eventually returned to Zuni and then to New Spain (Mexico), where many were to hear his reports of country through which he had passed and of the rich mines he had found." "The discovery of these mines near Prescott caused new Spanish expeditions to be sent through north eastern Arizona. The next royal contract to operate the mines was won by Don Juan de Onate whose Conquistador father . . . was a wealthy silver mine owner in Mexico." In N o v em b e r 1598, Onate sent Captain Marcos Farfan with eight men in to (Arizona) to find Espejo's mines. Evidence indicates that Farfan crossed the Upper Verde River north of Prescott and reached the general vicinity of Espejo's mines. Farfan and his m e n staked out over sixty claims and returned to San Juan (NM) with rich ore samples containing silver. " Although historical records do not indicate what quantities of ore were produced by Espejo's venture, it is an important occasion, if for no other reason than that it marks the beginning of metal mining in Arizona. Juan de Onate is also reported to have found rich silver ore during an expedition in 1604 along the Santa Maria and Bill Williams rivers." (Same Westward travel route near Prescott and Bradshaw Mts) TO BE CONTINUED:
  39. 1 point
    The Roadrunner Prospector's club had several good claims years ago. I would imagine that they still do. https://www.roadrunnergold.com/ https://www.roadrunnergold.com/membership-information/
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    I carry a pinpointer because mine is sensitive to small gold -Stock Whites TRX I mainly use it for bedrock or deep holes when using a big coil it makes it alot easier for me and I dont have to worry about Fnn up the nugget Mike C...
  43. 1 point
    I have a pro find 35 and would be lost hunting coins without it at times in the sand . Been close to a year and still got original battery in it. think Bill even used one to pin point nuggets...but nuggets are not the norm for a pin pointer…..coins sure are
  44. 1 point
    Looks like an old meteorite, like Gold Basin, Arizona...
  45. 1 point
    Well, after praying, cussing and generally getting irritated...the blasted thing is on the coil. You are correct Bill, if the coil is not exactly lined up it will not go on. I finally lost patience with the process, took a very deep breath (not easy for me these days) and.... started rotating the cover until the cover practically fell onto the coil... Why did I not do that first??? If any one else is having this problem....good luck! ps I really thing minelab could provide some direction, especially to fools like me and Nubies. fred
  46. 1 point
    I'm glad I got rid of mine years ago.😉
  47. 1 point
    First off let me start by saying I am not sponsored, back, or paid by any company or dealer. I purchase this equipment out right. I’ve been a member here for sometime and those that know me no this is real
  48. 1 point
    Actually that is incorrect Clay. Licenses for the use of a federal mining claim are required for any prospecting activity. This includes panning, detecting and even looking for interesting rocks. Anyone that does not have a license is subject to fines and even jail time. If you do not have your license to prospect on federal land you need to purchase one immediately. You can obtain your license to prospect on federal lands by contacting me at bedrockbob@gotcha.com . Licenses are $20 and are good for one year. All major credit cards are accepted. Don't risk it. Get yours today!
  49. 1 point
    I thought these were pretty cool pic. You don't see rockers much these days but they were used quite a bit back in the day...
  50. 1 point
    You need to define the State Trust lands Section you would like to prospect, make out an application, make a deposit and wait until you get a prospecting permit (or not) for that Section. You can learn more about that at their Website. A lot of the State lands were formerly Stock Raising and Homestead lands that the State never obtained mineral rights too. Properly recorded and filed those lands are open to mining claim location without going through the whole prospecting/payment permit scheme. As you found out the State land department is not very forthcoming about the possibilities but the person you spoke with was truthful if not very informative. The basic rule of a happy life in Arizona is to keep your prospecting efforts off State Trust Lands until you learn a heck of a lot more about where and how you can legally prospect.
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