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Mike Furness

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Mike Furness last won the day on January 13

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About Mike Furness

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  • Birthday 02/02/1949

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    Prescott Valley AZ
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    Hunting, Metal Detecting, Tournament Bass Fishing from my Kayak, Remote desert RV camping

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  1. Mike Furness

    New TX member

    Welcome Todd ... looking forward to the knowledge share ... both ways!
  2. Mike Furness

    Hard Lesson Learned For A Little Nugget

    ...And so many of us go out into the vast wilderness by ourselves! I know I do anyway! I have to assume many of you on this board do the same.
  3. Mike Furness

    Hard Lesson Learned For A Little Nugget

    Hey Martin ... Had that happen a long time ago hunting in North Western Maine ... The North Maine Woods ... Spent the night as you did but in the morning a logger happened by on his way to the choppin he was working. Nice guy ... not only did he jump my truck but shared his thermos of STRONG hot coffee! Those French Canadiens sure know how to make good coffee. So we had some laughs during coffee 'break' and then went our separate ways. Two or three years later I ran across him again and asked if he remembered me ... ay-epp! he says! We talked for a few minutes and then I went to the back of my truck and pulled out a new bottle of Jim Beam and gave it to him! He was thrilled! I told him he couldn't open it until the work day was done. He agreed! Never ran into him again but sure was grateful for that first encounter.
  4. Welcome to the forum Robert.
  5. Mike Furness

    Gold Detectors For Sale

    Happy New Year 2019! I have 4 detectors I would like to see someone get some benefit from. I would be happy to give anyone who buys one of these machines a lesson on how to get started so you can go and use it right away if you pick the machine up locally. (I teach with Bill Southern here at Nugget Shooter so you will be getting what you need to get started.) All prices are cash or pay pal (friends and family please). Cashiers checks would be OK BUT I will have to wait until it clears the bank before releasing the detector. Shipping if not picked up locally is on the buyer and will be estimated at time of purchase. Minelab GPZ 7000 ... top of the line Minelab machine .... $5200.00 Minelab SDC 2300 ... stock equipment plus 3 sets of rechargeable batteries .... $2500.00 Fisher Gold Bug Pro ... two coils: 5" round DD, 10" elliptical DD included ... $400.00 White's Gold Master V-Sat ... older tech but super sensitive, 10" elliptical coil and White's carry bag .... $250.00 AB Prospecting Gas Powered Bucket Vac ... used very little .... $250.00 Questions or pictures provided on request via a PM.
  6. Mike Furness

    Making arrows

    Looks like a nice helical fletching on the vanes. And I like the traditional nock notched into the arrow shaft rather than the more modern plastic. Well done!
  7. Mike Furness


    Happy Belated Birthday Jim ... hope it was a fun day!
  8. Mike Furness

    Happy Birthday Mitchel mn90403

    Happy Belated B'Day Mitchel ... Hope it was a great one!
  9. Mike Furness

    In 2019 live your life gratefully.

    Good stuff there Doc! I have resolved to look at this new year with the glass half full rather than half empty! And to see the positives in all items that I come across whenever possible! I am not naive enough to think all will be so but if I look chances are I will be able to find it! Thank you for your words of wisdom and kindness!
  10. Mike Furness

    Making arrows

    Not CHEAP Dave just frugal ... your money better served in your pocket! Home Depot has plenty in their pockets!
  11. nice Nugget Mike ... Had the same on a battery once. Can I assume you are using a GPX series from Minelab. If you are all I did was leave my detector running with a 'fully' charged battery. When it ran down and shut off the detector I recharged and it was good from that point on.
  12. Mike Furness

    Prescott Area Camping Ban

    Speaking of places getting trashed ... The last time I was up by the GPAA JJ and Soldier Boy, RRPC Mary Francis claims I noticed a few abandoned tent campsites that had at least a month or so trash still remaining including a broken down 2-3 man pop-up tent. Looked like they just got tired of being there so just left leaving all their trash and cheap equipment. it's a no wonder we get closed out of good places when this crap takes place.
  13. Mike Furness

    Chainsaw etiquette

    Touching up the chain with the proper size file on a regular basis is important to keeping the saw 'chipping' versus making sawdust. I cut somewhere between 75-80 cord of hardwood and softwood this past summer to supply a local camping population with firewood. Most of this wood was dragged out of wetlands and river edges in Southern NH and had been air drying for a couple of years prior to me hitting it with a saw. Some of those old oaks and rock maples that had 'dryed' in the water ... yes water does 'dry' wood ... it washes out the resins, pitch if you will, that make 'green wood to wet to burn properly... Anyway those logs were tough on the saw chain. I would stop about every hour and hit a couple of strokes with the file on each tooth ... took about 10 minutes to do right on that 20" bar. About once a week I would take a flat bastard file to the rakers ... only needed to remove about a 1/32 or less each time. And I only used top grade Oregon Chain. Conveniently, by the way, they had a mark on the top of each tooth so that I could maintain the correct angle for the edge. So long as you filed parallel to that mark and perpendicular to the bar the cahin was mounted to you could do no wrong. That mark if filed beyond was also the point at which teeth started to break off if I hit any 'grit' in the water cured wood. By using the chains the way I did I only killed two chains over the summer and when I left the third chain was still chipping well. I guess after using a saw for 45 years or so you get used to just taking a water and file break every hour or so and the chains just last!
  14. Mike Furness


    Three months of not for lack of trying to get the gold! Congrats on kicking that rolly-polly skunk to the curb ... or perhaps the cliff!
  15. Mike Furness

    First GM1000 Nugget -- A Nice One

    Beginner's Luck or no ... that is a heck of a slug! Congrats!