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  1. Managed to get down into the lower desert today after a lengthy period of painting my house and doing other catch-up projects.  Ran across this fist'y dude crossing the dirt road ahead of me.  By the time I fumbled around and found my camera it was up starting into the brush and dry grass.  Once it caught site of me it coiled up and was ready for some serious business.  Attitude-wise, it wasn't taking any S@#?!!  from anyone, nor anything.  It's a little hard to see in the photo's, as it is blending into the background  very well.   I let it be it's cantankerous-self and drove  on over to a new( to me anyway) wash where I did manage to find this 1.02 Gram flat-pancake-shaped nugget.  I was using my 14" Evo coil, which I haven't been using much of.  Also managed to pull out about 15 chunks of old lead bullets;...a good sign that no one has been detecting up this particular wash.  

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  2. Hey Chris, I just watched the first video ( Improving you prospecting skills),.....Very Informative "INDEED"!!!!!!!!!; and although I am familiar with most of the "How-too's" of gold prospecting and do utilize most of this information in my own hunting, you did bring up a "number" of aspects (important-considerations) of prospecting that I can see that I had not been utilizing in the past (over the years); may be a bit "rusty-at-considering" of-late; or was in need of a good reminder that these other considerations can play an important role in being more successful out there.  I think that just this one video alone would make a world - of- difference for anyone who is relatively new to the gold prospecting "challenge" (and /or) for those who have been detecting for a year or more and have yet to find their first nugget.  I always enjoy reading about Improving prospecting skills from anyone who has researched and used the different aspects of this gold-seeking-Challenge, been Successful at it, and is willing to pass this Relevant information on so that "Others" who are willing to listen, read, and learn can gain valuable knowledge to utilize on their own where ever they are in gold country.     :m2c:   ALSO, I am glad to see and read something "WORTH-WHILE-TO-READ " on this forum for a change!!!  Something Informative instead of Bias; Something Helpful instead of Argumentative; Something many can use and benefit-by instead of being closed-minded--closed-mouthed-and Secretive as most are on this forum---Heaven forbid that anyone else would learn of your secret-spot, or your secret way of finding GOLD.................Again, just :m2c:      

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  3. Tell you what Gary,....Unless you just "like the "HEAT"", :89:I would not recommend either Bullhead City, nor Kingman for a move.  I have lived and worked in both areas in my younger days working construction out in it, and now, the only time that I "may possibly go back for "any" reason" would be during the winter months.  It isn't just the Heat over there, the Humidity drains you of energy during the day as well.  So,...If you like to sweat, those are the places to be.  As Mike mentioned earlier, Prescott has a VA facility (which I also go to for any of my medical) and the temps up around the Prescott / Prescott Valley area are usually 12 to 15 degrees cooler (on average) during the summer than the Phoenix-Scorch-temps that are the norm down there.  Gary  

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  4. KEENE SLUICE FOR SALE:

    The main northern streams and washes of Arizona (Lynx, Turkey and Wolf creek(s), Black Canyon, Salt river, Big Bug, etc.) are running “good” now due to the recent snow melt and "present"-run off(s); and should remain doing so for a few more months. And, this Sluice is setup and ready to stop and trap gold "Now".

    FEATURES:

    --High Production hand sluice (10-times faster than panning).

    --Wide flare (20”) for increased water flow.

    --Longer than mini’s for greater capacity.

    --Handle for balanced carrying.

    --Size: 3ft. (actual sluice length) (x) 10” wide;....20” wide at Flare-end ) …...50 ½” overall length (x) 4” deep.

    --weight is approx. 10 lbs.

    --Heavy duty latches.

    --Heavy Aluminum construction.

    --"NOT" a fold up unit.

    --Includes: sluice riffle tray, rubber classify screen (plus small roll of extra amount), and indoor / outdoor carpet (miner's moss—green,...plus small roll of extra amount).

    I am asking $125.00 .

    I will accept “Cash Only”...No Trades.

    I am located in Prescott Valley

    PM me if interested.

    Thanks,…Gary


     

     

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  5. "WOW"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"   Those are "Beautiful!!!!!!!!"  You actually made them yourself??????   I had (when I was younger) actually found "authentic"-Indian-arrow and spearheads here in Arizona, and in Northern Nevada that looked just like those in the 2nd, 4th and the 6th photos.  That Obsidian one is gorgeous.  I had also found many small (bird and small animal) arrowheads over my younger years that had been formed and shaped just like yours.  The 3rd one looks like a Pedernalas point that is found around the Kerrville area of Texas.  I found a number of those on my old-navy-buddies ranch there.   You have quite the Talent.!!!......  I sold all of my real Indian arrowheads on Ebay over the last 2-3 years.  ........................................"GREAT POST"  ..........Gary  

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  6. Well THANKS GUYS for all  the Happy Birthday-acknowledgements,....I actually haven't been out much lately (Tom's) as my wife had been diagnosed with breast cancer in November, so I have been taking her to kemo (spelling??) treatment-sessions, doctor's appointments, etc.,etc.,etc.  of-which her last treatment is tomorrow. :yesss: She will also be having 6-weeks of radiation-treatments starting in 2-3 weeks from now.  She is holding her own  through it all (although very week after the sessions) , is in positive spirits, and doing good. 

     

     

    As for my "rumored-Age", ....to be quite honest, when I was in my teens I never dreamed that I would ever attain this age.  :200:  Ya-know when you are young, age and aging are the farthest things on your mind (if they are there at all).  I viewed "others" that where that age (then) as being old-fart-adults,.:laught16:...but I never thought that I would ever get that way -"also--eventually--too  :WOW:    Actually, I really don't think about my age until someone brings up the subject, and then I have to stop and ask myself "how old am I ???"  I really believe that age is a state-of-mind, and that you are only as old as you (yourself) want to be, ..or allow-yourself-to-be.  You are the one that has control over how you feel age-wise.  I may be 72 today, but mentally and physically I actually don't feel any older than about 30.  I know that at times when I push myself that my mind says: I want to do this, and this, and this, and my body is saying:  "Do what????,....are you NUTS,...I'm too old to do that!!!  I was moving boulders and picking and shoveling and doing those kinds of physical activities when I was 25-30"  But I have found that being active with physical exercise at my age is and has been beneficial, and keeps me strong.  Where I see others at my age who are physically-week, have health issues, and actually go out of their way to not keep themselves in better shape.  That to me is sad.  Well, I appear to be rambling................  Thanks again.   Gary     

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  7. The entrances (north and south) are currently Closed due to the heavy snow in the area;....may not open until spring???  Check with the Prescott National Forest Service.  I don't know about the Bannie Mine area, that road is definitely Not maintained.  There is probably a good 2-3 ft  of snow up here yet.

  8. 18 hours ago, Nugget Shooter said:

    Very Nice.... Gary is an ornery feller, but can get some nice gold posted :rasberry:

    I try Bill,....that's why I post this "same-question-every-year :00000067::2mo5pow:" ....and I might be (really-am) ornery, but I'm not tight :brows:-fisted and secretive :200:like you,...I mean come on...I asked to see what others have been finding gold-wise to "Liven-Up" this forum ("Gold-Wise"),;...and "what do you post????? only one nugget, and a couple of hand-fulls of rose quartz.:WOW:...I didn't ask to see your silly rose quartz collection  :grr01::89::barnie: I want to see one or two of your nuggets that you would probably claim that you don't have :4chsmu1::thumbsupanim:droolin:;...I mean it isn't as if we could just reach into the forum and snatch them away from ya  just for posting a picture;:rasberry:..and I can't speak for the others, but I haven't developed (as yet)  the ability to extract the GPS Coord's from a posted picture of gold nuggets, although the idea does sound enticing.:ROFL:  :yesss::droolin:.............."Mess'n-with-ya-Bill..............:laught16::25r30wi::inocent:

     

  9. 9 hours ago, oneguy said:

    last season finds from 4 different locations, 2 in Idaho & 2 in Montana, all with the Monster...…...

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    Now there's some nice looking nuggets also,...I see the quartz mixed in with a couple of your nuggets, but is that ka-lee-che (spelling???) mixed in with the other nuggets???  I have found a couple of nuggets down around Rich Hill (here in Arizona) that had ka-lee-che almost covering them.  

     

    3 hours ago, Nugget Shooter said:

    Very Nice.... Gary is an ornery feller, but can get some nice gold posted :rasberry:

    I try Bill,....that's why I post this "same-question-every-year :00000067::2mo5pow:" ....and I might be (really-am) ornery, but I'm not tight :brows:-fisted and secretive :200:like you,...I mean come on...I asked to see what others have been finding gold-wise to "Liven-Up" this forum ("Gold-Wise"),;...and "what do you post????? only one nugget, and a couple of hand-fulls of rose quartz.:WOW:...I didn't ask to see your silly rose quartz collection  :grr01::89::barnie: I want to see one or two of your nuggets that you would probably claim that you don't have :4chsmu1::thumbsupanim:droolin:;...I mean it isn't as if we could just reach into the forum and snatch them away from ya  just for posting a picture;:rasberry:..and I can't speak for the others, but I haven't developed (as yet)  the ability to extract the GPS Coord's from a posted picture of gold nuggets, although the idea does sound enticing.:ROFL:  :yesss::droolin:.............."Mess'n-with-ya-Bill..............:laught16::25r30wi::inocent:

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  10. 22 hours ago, Lumpy said:

    Heres some yella stuff from Montana, bigger nugget is 19.5 grams. Also some specimens that were dug out of a vein in an old timers saddle, where they took the outcropping, but missed the gold just off to the side.

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    Nice looking Montana nuggets you got there,...where you dredging, sluicing, or what to get them??   I have one here from Arizona that resembles you center-photo'd one, only it only weighs in at 5.78 Grams,.....looks kind of like yours though.  Thanks for responding to my post.  Gary

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  11. 33 minutes ago, Leverite said:

    Real nice. Beautiful pieces. Where abouts were you prospecting (state)?

     

    Not sure "Who" you are addressing your question to, as there have been 6-pictures posted from individual gold finders responding to my question.  Mine came out of Arizona.

     

  12. I kind of figured that there were some out there who where "just holding back" for "Some" reason not posting their finds???  The nuggets that I posted weighed in at 6.86 grams total;....where three of mid-size nuggets plus the second largest nugget came out of the same pocket together.....such a "brief-Rush".

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  13. 18 minutes ago, Patrick in Havasu said:

    Does it have water year round?  Any other spots I could use my 25 year old sluice box that has never been wet?

    I don't know about year round, but I'm pretty sure there is water running in it now.  If you can handle the cold, and cold wind Lynx Creek would be a better place to sluice.  Rose creek might also be running fairly good.  Gary

  14. I could have swore that it had been a Gold Forum (at one time),....ya know where you post pictures of real gold nuggets that you have actually found,....and not you tube crap.  Guess no one likes posting any more, so I'll throw these on just for kicks-n-giggles.  Had to move a few boulders "down-deep" on bedrock to get these.  Gary 

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  15. 50 minutes ago, fishing8046 said:

    Have any of you ever noticed that Horned Toads and Lizards the slower less troublesome reptilian creatures react to your metal detector as if they can hear it? 

    I believe that I avoid contact with Rattlesnakes ( I have never seen one detecting) by just swinging the coil. The electromagnetic pulse produced by the machine notifies them that they need to vacate. The exception to this rule is the colder months when they are slow to react. However, the danger is far less when it's colder. 

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    That is true,...and as an experience, I am thankful for that fact;......I was down running some concentrates down around Greaterville about 15 years ago years on a winters day (it was cold, windy, overcast and just not that much fun being out).  I had just set up my recirculating sluice up on a ridge about 12 ft above the wash and had brought my tools and a five gallon bucket down 3 to 4 ft below it on a rock ledge.  Encountering a rattlesnake was the farthest thing on my mind considering how cold it was out.  So I kneeled down and worked some of the material out of the bank; filled the bucket, and took it up on the ridge to run it thru the recirculating system.  After running the material, back down on the ledge I scampered.  I had just got myself comfortable kneeling on my knees and started poking at the bank material to loosen it.  When I had gotten some loosed I went to adjust the bucket on my right side so that I could shovel into it.  It was then that I caught a "glimpse" of something small and circular that caught my eye laying right next to my right boot.  Upon looking closer at this object I was shocked to realize that it was a black-colored rattlesnake ( a small one -about a foot lone) that was laying there coiled up right next to ( within about an inch) my foot.  It's head was pointing right towards my right leg.  I instantly jumped back as a reaction, and almost fell off of the ledge.  When I regained my composure I went back up and saw that it hadn't moved,... what I also realized was that it had been there when I initially kneeled down on the ledge the first time,..so, It could have tagged me during the time when I filled the first bucket, or when I came back down to fill the second one.  I really don't know how I kept from stepping on it either time????  The snake was obviously too cold to move, as it was very stiff and sluggish when I picked it up.   I took a couple of sticks and wedged up underneath it and carefully place it into a large mason jar that I had, and put the lid on real good,...........it was "show-n-tell" time.  I took it home to show my wife and she almost freeked-out ( it had warmed up and was very active).  Then the next day I took it into work to show my boss.....I said: "look what I found yesterday", as I slid the snake-filled jar across his empty desk to see what kind of reaction I would get.  He jumped back and almost had a heart attack .  I never could convince him go out into the hills with me after that ( funny how that happens).  I kept the rattler in that jar until the next weekend and took it back out where I had found it and let it go in a ledge that went deeper into the mountain.  Yep, there out there even in colder months. 

    I walked up "behind" this one down in the lower desert last November.  It had curled up in a small hole and was just laying there asleep!!!!!  I went on up the wash for about an hour or so detecting, came back, and it was still there, So I took these photos of it, and just let it sleep.  Gary      

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  16. 4 minutes ago, TomH said:

    Nah...just kept scooting around it. It got moved out of the way the next year so I can get by it now. Might be different this year though. 

    This is one of those places you keep in your hip pocket.  Get in there when your skunking bad, and find a few to ease the pain :) 

    Tom H. 

     

    I need to get me a "couple" of those Tom,......all of my old ones have become very-skunkey Of-late,........O well, just keep searching new ground.  Gary

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