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  1. What a place to get a bite!! Did it catch you sleeping? Dave
  2. John- That has been the rumor for a couple years. The mine is for sale and there was earnest money on the line last year. The potential buyer wasn't able to get it done in time, so we got to come back this year. We won't know until October/November if it is sold again. Hope not!! Dave
  3. Dolan- We are hunting 100 year old tailing piles from 3 floating dredges.The piles were originally 50 - 80 feet tall. The dredgers weren't very good with their trash,when they finished a can or tool it went out the back into the piles.They had 3/4 minus screens, so the nuggets that were larger than that also went out the back. When I found an area that was fairly clean I brought the GPX5000 back and hunted the area. Last year I found a 3/4 oz. nugget with it. This year I dug a hole 4 feet deep and found the old cutting edge from their dragline bucket, a 300 lb piece of rusted steel that sounde
  4. My first of 2 weeks at Ganes Creek this year.I ended the week with 16 nuggets totaling 1.75 oz. Had a pretty rainy week with lots of mud. The largest nugget was 17 DWT. The large shiny one below it, is a wafer thin 4.5 DWT. Most were found with the MXT with a 12"SEF Butterfly coil.A few were found with the GMT. I took the GPX 5000, but the trashy ground kept it in the cabin. Dave
  5. Dave- Are you running a 5000? 12 x 15 DD or Mono? Settings? Dave
  6. Ganes creek is SOLD OUT for 2012 with 8-10 people waiting for each of the 2 weeks left. They don't know if they will even be available for 2013. The plane with the 10 people who I will be hunting with this week will be here within the hour. We have an orientation ,lunch and then head for the first push. They have an OLD short school bus that they shuttle us to and from the daily pushes in. There are 2 pushes a day. More later. Dave
  7. Week 3 just ended for some very happy prospectors. We had fairly good weather in the 40''s in the morning and up to mid 60's. Several 1+ oz nuggets on the first couple days. We ended the week with 75 nuggets totaling 11.95 oz. I ended the week with 15 nuggets with a total weight of 1.94 oz. my largest was .88 oz. I'll be here for week 4 , which starts tommorrow morning when the next 10 people show up for 6 days of metal detecting 12-14 hours a day. Dave
  8. Just heard that a 3.5 oz solid nugget was found today, several other small ones also. Dave
  9. Ron- So sorry to hear about your dog.I also live in rattlesnake country,outside of Mesa Az. We took our dogs to a company in Cave Creek Az and had them "snakeproofed". They have a really good track record of getting the dogs to stay clear of the snakes. Their phone # is 480-595-6700 or www.snakeproofing.com. This is the school the law enforcement and working dogs go through.Hope she just ends up with a sore nose.Dave
  10. Doug - Thanks for posting the great pictures. I head up there in 5 days. Looks like you had great weather,hope there are a few sunny days left. I'm ready to go now. Dave
  11. Allen, Thanks for posting. Those of us that are waiting for our week to arrive really appreciate the updates. It was tough last year, we only got a few details when Doug would post the weeks stats. I will spend some time in the greenhouse ,sending out juicy details of my week. So..... which guy will end up with it? Dave R. or Gary?? What an AWESOME specimen, Congrats. Dave
  12. Uncle Ron- Moore Creek was discontinued last year. Ganes Creek is the only game left, and this will probably be the last year, as Doug is selling it. Hopefully someone will set up another pay-to-mine operation. Dave
  13. Oredigger-Thanks for posting the picture I wasn't able to get it on the post. Gotta work on that. Dave
  14. Just got word that a solid 7 oz nugget was found yesterday on the first full day of detecting at Ganes Creek- Week 1.Go to Clark/Wiltz mining to see photo. Dave
  15. Frank- I seem to get the same battery time on my 18" round or my 8" round.Dave
  16. Garimpo- I was using the 8" Commander, and changed to the 11" Commander Mono that came with the 5000. Dave
  17. Rim-I don't know who lost it, but I'd bet it was a LONG time ago. For it to have 6" of packed decomposed granite, with a 200 lb boulder on top, it has to be OLD. Where else can you have this much fun????
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  19. I'm with you Glenn,This will be the last weekend out in Stanton washes, it will 100+ next weekend. I'll hunt in the higher elevations til fall. Congrats getting it over a nugget.I found one 2 weeks ago in that area that was caked with calichi, it cleaned up nice.Dave
  20. I was out this weekend with my GPX 5000 working a wash in the mountains above Stanton Az. looking for that yellow metal. I got a faint signal in the middle of a 30 ft. wash. I excavated the sand down 12" and hit hard decomposed granite.The signal was blowing my ears off by then.I went down another 4-5" and it was still in the hole.I got out my pin-pointer probe and slowly scratched down another inch. And there it was......... a 1902 Barber Quarter, it is in VERY GOOD condition for being in the ground for all these years.It has very little wear, all of the edge lines and words are like new,a fe
  21. Bill , Please call my cell if you have one.I leave in 3 weeks for Ganes Creek and would like to have a manual I can read that doesn't have K9 tooth marks on almost every page. Thanks - Dave
  22. While out detecting yesterday, I started getting bumped by a couple bees. I could see there were hundreds of them up ahead of me in the wash, flying in and out from under a large flat rock. I quietly backed up and climbed the hill to get around the hive. I was alone, probably 1/2 mile from my quad and 5 more miles of VERY bad 3 MPH road to get to my RV. There are no buildings or places to take cover up in this area.------ What are the rest of you doing to protect yourself if you were exposed to this bad situation? These bees will attach for no reason, going for your eyes, ears, nose , and mout
  23. K9- I wouldn't trade my GPX 5000 for anything.It is the most AWESOME detector I've ever owned. The Minelab 8" round mono is my bread and butter coil.I can almost always find a nugget with that coil. The 11" round that comes with it works well also.Thanks to everyone that helped me find a replacement manual. Dave
  24. I left my well used GPX 5000 manual laying on the seat of my quad while I was unpacking from a trip to Stanton, my new puppy thought it smelled good and ATE IT. I called Minelab today and tried to purchase a new one and was informed they don't sell replacement manuals. They said " it's online so you can print it". Thats fine if you have a place in your backpack for a 3 ring notebook.I don't have that kind of room. So I'm looking for a dealer or individual that has one they want to sell. I use that thing every time I go out. I had 16 months of notes, GPS locations and coil settings written down
  25. Very nice job,I would like to see more of that.Dave
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