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  1. You are so right! Fishing and Hunting teaches patience for sure, and technique. Prospecting is a lot like that. Trying to figure out where to go, what to look for. The "signs" that you learn to read, gradually reduces that feeling of being overwhelmed. I went out nugget hunting with a newby guy not too long ago and after we got to a good spot with geological indicators all over the place he looked around and said, "Gee it's all so random" We were standing in in the middle of a contact zone with small pieces of gnarly rusty quartz laying on top of a red soil layer 20 feet across, and a few feet away in the side of a wash was a foot wide vertical igneous slab of intrusive rock with triangular shaped rock pieces scattered around the base. I finally spotted the claim marker high up on the side of the ridge so we didn't detect but it was a good place to discuss gold indicators and to stress the importance of being able to read "sign" As a kid, while out with my Dad deer hunting, he would stress looking for fresh sign; mostly tracks and pellets. He would say, "If the signs are there, the deer are there, so don't just look for a deer, closely observe and study each bush and hiding place for an ear twitch or a slight color pattern that may faintly stand out, and other subtleties which can give away a deer's hiding place. He also insisted, If the signs are there and you are not seeing any, you're missing them. Believe in the fact that they are there, SLOW DOWN AND HUNT" Once you start picking up the "signs" you should notice a big boost in confidence. Then it becomes much less overwhelming, and more of a matter of finding the hiding places.
  2. Well, of course when you are new at the game, "The Grass is always Greener" and at some time or another, most of us have "Left Gold to Find Gold" but eventually learned better. That frozen ground thing however, is a good reason to try other places . . . Nevada for sure, and don't forget Arizona. If you are not yet into Geology of the Origination and Deposition of Gold, you might consider learning as much as you can about gold indicators. I found it to be a big confidence builder that helps keep you motivated in your search, and believing in your ability to find gold. Like in the words of the old folk song from the 60's, " You've got to Prime the Pump, You must have Faith and Believe" If you keep at it, the learning curve will ultimately cross paths with your persistent efforts and you will see results. I have no doubts about it.
  3. Hey Brown, As you may already know, a few of the guys in the WPA club has found some good gold on the club claims, and in the general vicinity. I was a club member and last up there several months ago for a few days. I was hunting with a guy who found a half oz specie about 4" deep on the top of a 10-15 ft tall pile at a dredge tailing pile in Big Atlantic Gulch. If you have the club claim maps it's the Bridge Buster claim. There's a lot of tailing piles from that point North that look unworked and somewhat difficult to access due to thick brush and beaver ponds, but I'm told that they have been relatively untouched since the time of the war order shut down in 1942. Might be worth checking out. Here's a pic of a nugget I found at 6" in a smaller tailing pile a few years back in Crow's Nest Gulch (GPS Coords: 42.5032901-108.6356649) When I was there more recently, a few tailings piles still hadn't been worked or not raked down at least. You might want to take a look and give it a try. Also attached is a pic of some glacer nuggets taken off of a ranch property East of Crows Nest in a non-mineralized area. Mac -
  4. I'm surprised that we get to see as many photos of gold as we do, especially pics of larger more valuable nuggets and specimens. The desire for secrecy, and confidentiality to avoid tax liability, among other things, (alimony etc.), cause some people to be extremely cautious about publicity. And rightfully so IMO.
  5. "Man Walks Among Us" Marty Robbins Take On "Land Matters" Warm are the winds on the desert, A whirlwind is dancing around, I stop to survey all the beauty that's here When a shadow moves out 'cross the ground. It's an eagle that circles above me, And he screams to his friends on the hill: "Stay close together, move not a feather Man walks among us, be still, be still, Man walks among us, be still" Everything hides, but I see them, I've spotted an old mother quail, I look close and see, looking right back at me The eyes of a young cottontail. I see a coyote sneaking As he crawls through the brush on the hill, And the eagle screams down, "Stay close to the ground, Man walks among us, be still, be still, Man walks among us, be still." Twenty feet high in the side of a cactus, I see a hole where the butcher bird stays,If mortals could choose, and if heaven should ask us, Here's where I'd want to spend all of my days. Soon will be gone all the desert, Cities will cover each hill Today will just be a fond memory, Man walks among us, be still, be still. Man walks among us, be . . . still.
  6. https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/gold-treasure-trove-found-denmark-vindelev-1234603053/ https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/rare-1500-year-old-pendants-found-in-norse-ritual-hoard-1234592171/
  7. Dog gone it Mike, You'll be taking all the prestige out of that scratchy, AZ Pin Striping look!
  8. Good choice! Start saving for a PI. The learning curve you're on will likely take you there eventually. Maybe sooner than you think.
  9. I may be sticking my neck out a little but I don't look at the GM 1000 as an entry level detector although I know that many folks have started out that way. I don't own one and haven't used one, but I have hunted with several guys that used them. They are gold getters without a doubt. But, I have only seen them used in conjunction with a PI or as a choice of alternative detectors to nugget hunt with, not as a solitary unit. It is often said that a single detector is a tool in the tool box that fills a niche for a specific purpose and at certain locations, not all. I have found that to be pretty much the case. IMO, the problem(s) that you most likely will run into in AZ while detecting for gold will be dealing with mineralization (hot ground), hot rocks, and, as you mentioned, perhaps, ground balance. You might consider a good used PI which, in general, could go a long way in solving these issues for you. Until I started using the Equinox, I found more old coins and relics by far with a PI, since that what I usually was hunting gold with.
  10. . . . hope it's a jackpot!
  11. There's got to be. And in places you might least expect . . . (Jungo's still a comparative sleeper I believe) I remember Dick Bailey telling me several times that most big gold hunters in the Eugene's concentrated on detecting too high on the slope. His find was way lower down than I would have thought. AZ Nugget Bob said that T-Bone's nugget was 10 feet off the road! (which kind of matches Bud Young's version, that they were detecting a couple of hundred yards from their truck when it started to sprinkle rain. T-Bone was jogging along back to the vehicle while swinging his coil when he got a booming hit that he expected to be a coke can or something similar) The nugget was flat and shallow, only a few inches down. Smokey Baird said he found a 6 oz nugget right on top of the ground with just a thin layer of dust covering it! He found it in the sagebrush flats by the side of a jeep trail when he stopped to take a leak! I am definitely convinced that, if there is life on other planets with all that random vastness and open space, surely there still has to be a few lunkers and nugget patches waiting to be discovered in the vastness of Pershing and Humboldt counties.
  12. Outstanding Slim! I just knew we would draw you in eventually . . .
  13. I think it's all pretty well picked clean by now Dan . . .
  14. Very sad and tragic event the way it played out. I was in JW's store one day when Bud Young came in with a film canister of nuggets he had just found, and after being introduced, Bud asked me if I wanted to go out detecting the next day. I had just bought an SD 2200d from JW and we all agreed to go together. Bud then invited me outside to to take a look at his new truck. It was a white Dodge with a green ATV in the back. He motioned for me to open the glove box and hand him the mason quart jar that was about 3/4 full of good sized nuggets which he proceeded to dump his canister gold into. We talked a few minutes and when I went back inside, JW told me he was surprised that Bud was going detecting since he had been spooked about what had happened to George, then T-Bone who was killed at Pronto crossing, and another member of the group who had been killed in a vehicle accident. Three out of five killed in a short time. He said Bud hadn't gone out hardly at all in over 2 years and another friend of theirs (I won't mention the name), hadn't left his ranch either, for the same reason. Many, if not most of the amazing Gold stories, where pounds of nuggets were picked up sometimes in minutes, never got written down, or recorded, and the locations mostly lost except to the those who were around to be a part of them. T-Bone's legacy continues to inspire though, mainly due to people like Jim Straight and web sites like this.
  15. Boy Steve, I can't help but getting fired up everytime these stories come back around again. I always found it interesting that the location where those monster nuggets were found, varied, depending on who you talked to. That's only natural I suppose, given the reluctance to pinpoint where something that valuable came from. The first story I heard was an "eyewitness" account that placed T-Bone's big find near Blue Mt., which I believe to be credible. Bud Young, who lived in Meyer told me he was hunting with a group of guys, including Terry near Blue Mt., when the find was made. The story was interesting, funny and instructive. But there are a few other accounts from reputable people that refer to, "The Eugene's" as the location. Again, I think that's understandable, not only due to secrecy, but between those two areas, as you know, is Jungo Rd., and depending on which side of the road you are on, there might be a slightly different reference point, IMO. I thought I would post some photographs of big nuggets from that area for anyone that hadn't already seen them. The first photo is a 23 oz nugget found by Richard (2lb Dick), Bailey, in 1999 The second photo is the famous 27 oz nugget found by Terry Bone (T-Bone) in 1996, I believe. I nugget hunted with Dick Bailey at the location where his nugget was found at the North end of the Eugene's and his dig hole (or someone's), was still visible. He gave me the photo of the nugget, which he sold for $15,000.00 and bought a mobile home which he was living in the last time I saw him, there in Imlay. He found quite a few other nice nuggets in that same area. I had pizza and beer with him at a friends house in Imlay the day before he hit the big one. I was supposed to have gone out with him the next day but I took off for Wyoming since it was starting to get hot in NV. I found gold in WY, but nothing like that.
  16. TAPS To Honor the 12 Marines, and Navy Corpsman KIA while serving in Afghanistan August 26, 2021, "So Others Might Live" TAPS is a Bugle call used to signal, "Lights Out" At a traditional military funeral it is the last sound heard by family members when a service member is laid to rest. This version is performed in the field, " With Echo" LYRICS: Day is Done, Gone the Sun, From the Lakes, from the Hills, from the Sky. All is Well, Safely Rest, God is Nigh.
  17. Very Cool Dan! Looks like you've been sandbagging us on the story telling!
  18. Good Times for sure Max! Hopefully again someday . . .
  19. Hey Max, Last I heard, maybe 3 years ago, NV Chris was still up in the Rye Patch area and had been working at First Gold's relief canyon mine. He may be living in the Lovelock area. Reno Chris (Chris Ralph,) Bill's compadre, would likely know where he is these days if anybody does, since they used to connect on the forums and by telephone. Just FYI, Hard to say how old the information is. Good luck.
  20. De Nada, Senior. Looking forward to that cold cerveza 'round the campfire . . .
  21. Los Lobos CanciĆ³n de la Treinta y Treinta 30-30 Saddle Carbine
  22. Actually Jeff, I wasn't trying to yank Bill's chain at all, nor would I ever presume to do so. I was commenting on the GB2 in a sarcastic and facetious manner, in response to what I considered to be bombastic comments and offensive, unjust, and insulting insinuations, (IM0), that were being hurled at Bill. If anyone got the impression that I was attacking Minelab or Bill's presentation, I assure you that was not the case. We communicated on the subject and both got a chuckle out of it. Criticizing Minelab is one thing. But if someone obviously doesn't know what they are talking about, has never used the GPX 6000, and appears to have an axe to grind on top of the personal disrespect that was shown, I may have a bit of a hard time sitting still for it without saying something. Personally, I thought the video was informative and thought provoking. It's the first one I've seen that showed both an increase in depth of detection and a significant increase in the size of the gold. I believe that this type of information is what a lot of people are looking for. Myself included.
  23. That looks pretty impressive for a Minelab, but it's been said that any 'ol Radio Shack detector or even a GB2 with a 9 Volt battery, could go deeper and give you back 8 Volts change!
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