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  1. In my limited experience, it won't restrict you. There are things to not disturb like corrals that will show up on google maps and the USGS maps, and wells, but other than that it has not restricted me. Not being raised on a farm, if I see a bull, I give it a very wide berth. Once in a while a cow may knock over my claim markers or poop in the creek I want to work.
  2. All I will add to the advice above, is that with the three claims you mentioned, I'd look them up in the online county recorder records by the PLSS township, range and section in Yavapai County, and in Maricopa county by the filer's last name. That will give a map of what the claim looks like. That's how I narrow down the 640 acres total and subtract from it the open claims. Using My Land Matters to further make sure its available, I check to make sure it is BLM or National Forest land. There's certain areas where prospecting is not allowed that can fall on those lands like designated Wilderness Areas, National Monuments, (I think) scenic riverways, and probably a couple I can't remember. There's a way to turn those layers on mylandmatters. I was surprised to find out how many of those mining restricted areas exist. Can't remember if it is the mining claims section or elsewhere. Once I narrow down the place I want to go, I will bring up county records to look for filings within the last couple of weeks. Land Matters does not update daily, but updates every couple of weeks. They also pull from the BLM database, and not the hundreds of counties. Someone needs to file with the county to make the claim official and can delay the filing with the BLM. That way I can know the land I'm going to is open. Once on site, I also do a due diligence look that the area is not claimed. It takes up to two weeks for a claim to appear in the recorders office when I file with the county, so boots on the ground can show someone just barely beat you there. When I do this, I have confidence that this area I'm going to is open. The only time I didn't do this and let someone else do my work, I showed up and someone told me the area I was looking at was claimed. Since I could not back up me being there, I left, and later found out that 20 acres was actually still open. Doing it right, I'll spend 40 hours of time researching the section I will be prospecting before putting boots on ground. Planned development can interfere with a claim. For example, somewhere West of the White tanks mountains, a 2,000' wide I-11 corridor will be built which will go by Aguilla and somewhat close to the vulture mine. There's no real decision on the route yet. Another thing is to research the BLM's local district travel plans. Over the next few years, the BLM will restrict motorized vehicle usage in 60% of its lands. I found this out after going to the Hassunyumpa district and finding I could not drive as far to the potential claim as I wanted because I saw a "Road Closed to Motorized Vehicles." Ended up getting there, but had to walk a mile and a half further than I planned. I found that particular area valueless, but a lithium company went through and claimed that section. Still can't find the Hassunyumpa TMP, so I don't know what roads are open until I get out there. Sucks when road closures ruin a week of planning. There's some things I'm not that smart on like the BLM plats and the decades of looking through federal registers that will show land withdrawn from prospecting. I like what Bob said about finding areas that are claimed up, and finding an open 10 or 20 acres in that section to look at. I will only caution in the LSD area local to me, on the fringe of the gold bearing zones, I think there's clusters of areas claimed that I feel are worthless, that are only claimed because that section has 19 claims in it compared to much fewer for the surrounding sections, so "it must be good."
  3. I really don't think its a diamond. You could always take it to a pawn shop and see what they say. I don't think it'd be nice though. The picture makes it look like a piece of concrete, but when I magnify the picture it looks like an average piece of quarts I used to find in the glacial gravels in Massachusetts.
  4. Quartz can be found just around anywhere, so I would recommend trying it on some localy found quarts samples. I would like to know how that device works and I think it is through thermal and electrical conductivity, so perhaps you found something close. I'm a little skeptical of $15 detectors whether they be for gold or diamonds. This single Diamond Selector II of yours took the top 5 diamond selector devices, all five spots, one device. That is another red flag for me of a marketer that created its own top 5 list to sell its product. I'm no professional, but I think you've identified a design flaw in the device you bought.
  5. Pics make it look like wood. Possibly from a hollowed out tree. Even looks like there's an insect hole in it.
  6. Prospecting in the East is not the same. The National Forests are not open to claims, and I doubt there are BLM lands. Its really getting to know the public land rules for the specific area you want, or hoping you can find a land owner in that area willing to let you prospect. Can't speak specifically to South Carolina, but in the Uwharrie National Forest in North Carolina, they allowed panning, but only in the creek, and I can't remember if hand tools were allowed. I do remember in the two years I lived in North Carolina, I never tried prospecting. Didn't take a trip to the gem mines neither. One of my cooworkers in NC was an avid relic hunter, mostly coins and rings. He was able to get permission from property owners to metal detect some old farms. The GPAA website shows no leased areas open to them in South Carolina, but in North Carolina has 9 mostly gem areas available. The GPAA chapter for South Carolina can be found at: https://www.goldprospectors.org/Community/AboutGPAAChapters
  7. There's so many things the metal flakes could be besides metal. The easiest to eliminate is mica. I don't see metal in the pic. Native metals are very rare in rocks, mostly because they react over the years and turn into compounds. Billpeters is a good authority, and he says no characteristics.
  8. I can't see metallic flakes in the pics. To me, I see small white quartz. Perhaps a close up would help. Does the silver flake crumble or flake when pressed with a pin? If so, that points towards Mica, and not metal. Not a meteorite guy, and I've only been to one ASU meteor showing, but what struck me about their confirmed finds was how thin the fusion crust was. The Glendale meteor had a paper thin fusion crust. The photo you have makes your crust look much too thick.
  9. When stationed in Korea, a guy brought the engine kit install kit to put on bicycles. They were supposed to be hill assist kits. Never saw him riding it to work much. He was also not a skinny guy. Just based off how little he used it and I never saw one of these around base, I think it'd be great for driving in a flat paved area, but not hilly like I was at or trails. These have been around a while, but have never really taken off.
  10. What else can I do short of calling the forest ranger up to determine road usage? After driving hours once to be met by a road closed sign, I've been much more cautious. Planning a trip IVO Payson along FR 300 South of Route 87. Forest service website seems like its open, but google maps shows a closed gate. I'm planning a trip to the Coconino Forest in AZ, but saw on Google that a road is closed to motrized traffic with a locked gate, despite being marked as open to all motorized registered vehicles on the Coconino Motorized Vehicle Use Map. When I go to: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/coconino/alerts-notices I find it highlighted in Blue, and when I read the restrictions, it seems open: "The following acts are prohibited on the area, roads, and trails in this area: (1) Possess or use any type of motorized vehicle off forest developed road. (2) Using any type of motorized vehicle on forest developed roads designated restricted." This forest service link lists the road as open: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/coconino/alerts-notices/?cid=stelprdb5341627 Sorry for the long winded post. I'm finding other cases where the forest service website states roads are closed during the winter, such as the lava cave, but the links I show above, show them designated open year round.
  11. All the silver I've seen as turned out to be mica. If you have a 40 X jewelers loupe, the mica usually looks less like mica and more like shiny saran wrap. There's been a few other minerals I've found that are silverfish which aren't mica. Iron Pyrite, fools gold, can look silverfish. It would make sense iron pyrite being mixed into the iron ore. EDIT: The silver I see in the photos looks like light reflecting off a crystal like in quarts. I also see you are already using some kind of loupe.
  12. The silver should be like the gold. It's got a specific gravity of 10.8, so it's twice as dense as the black sands. With the silver, it's hard to find native silver. The stuff you see would have reacted with the oxygen and changed to a green or a black compound. I haven't tried the pipe cap thing myself, but it sounds like a piston pulverizer. I stopped making my own equipment when I found I was spending less on getting it from a place like Keene, I spent too much on failed experiments in classifiers and trommels for stuff I either never used or fell apart after a couple of uses.
  13. To crush, I have a steel mortar and pestle purchased at a prospecting store. Although I get quite a workout, it is a perfect size for small stone sized samples. I had used a hammer, but bits of stone would go everywhere. Others have talked about a metal pipe with a pipe cap and placing the stone into a bigger pipe cap, and that's supposed to crush quicker. If the gold is malleable, you're on the right track. All the rocks I've ever crushed up ended up with nothing but a speck or two of gold dust. To my enuducated opinion, it looks like an iron ore from Michigan.
  14. You caN take a pin to the gold. If it crumbles, it’s mica. If it dents it could be gold. Also, you an crush it and pan. When crushed to a fine 50 mesh, it pans just like the sand from the river.
  15. Didn't really say, but this is the explanation from the website: Provide a high-priority, access-controlled, north-south transportation corridor Support improved regional mobility for people, goods, and homeland security Connect major metropolitan areas and markets with Mexico and Canada Enhance access to the high-capacity transportation network to support economic vitality I did not think the road was that bad. There was so little between Wickenburg and Vegas, I was wondering how much time that would actually save. Kingman, Wickieup, and Wickenburg slow you a little. The new 303 I-10 to 60 avoids the city.
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