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Dig It

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  1. Please excuse me for lurking and popping up from time to time without properly introducing myself. I am retired and spend the winter months in Surprise, AZ. About 5 years ago a friend got me interesting in metal detecting. I'll have to admit that I have not yet found my first nugget, but I am learning a lot from reading posts on this forum, and spending more time with my detectors. After some initial loss of patience with the results of my detecting I spent most of my time drywashing. I was able to satisfy my fever with the drywashing gold for a few years, but now I want to refocus on detecting and finding that first one. Shoveling and inhaling dust not so good. I belong to the RRPC so I have claims to prospect, but am going have be creative to be successful. I recently joined WSPA and hope to get to some of those claims. Also, I am going to be doing some coin and relic hunting so I can do some detecting when not in gold country. Anyway, hello to all, and good hunting.


  2. Very interesting comparison. I wonder what the difference in depth on both detectors would be on a smaller nugget, say 1/4 oz. At any rate the ATX is a very interesting detector. Nice to know if you passed your coil over a deep monster chances are good you'd hear it with the ATX.

  3. Regardless of what "sawmill" thinks, I have a good understanding of what one must do to prospect on public land. I am also in several clubs. I know exactly what I would do to find new areas. I was merely asking what others do to find new detecting spots. Maybe that is how I should have asked the question in the first place. Thanks to all who tried to be helpful. To "sawmill", have a Snickers.

  4. Bedrock, you are right about research. But, assume one has researched enough to know to be looking in areas where gold has been, and is being found. Has the knowledge base, through research and experience, to know what he/she is looking for. Knows that active claims cannot be prospected. So, either you determine what general area you want to explore and research the claim status of that area so you can explore unclaimed land, or explore an area and research the claim status of the area that looks good for future prospecting. Or you have the right to explore and prospect claimed lands. What strategy is being used by those who post about their exploration trips?

  5. I read threads on this forum and others where someone has done some driving/hiking to find a new spot to detect. Sometimes nuggets are found on these exploration trips. Sounds good. I, of course, wonder where these guys are going to find new areas that are not under claim, State lands, or private property. I have to assume they are exploring claims of clubs they are members of, their own claims, claims or private property they have permission to prospect, or unclaimed Federal public land. There are few maps available that accurately show current active claims, so what is the strategy used for determining whether one is exploring areas open for prospecting or detecting?

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