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If I go to BLM in Arizona to locate land to metal detect on, how long can I look for gold before I decide to file a claim or not file a claim?

Also is camping allowed?

Thank you!

Rim

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Hey rim here is a good place to start... hope this helps

http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/prog/mining/requirements.html

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Rimshot

You can look for gold as long as you like,as long as you are looking

on open ground. There is no requirement to file a claim ,to prospect

or do casual use mining activities. A claim only holds your rights to

the minerals after they are located ,against all others,and the feds.

You can camp up to 14 days on BLM ground,then you have to move.

The hardest part is knowing where you are,and knowing where all the

mining claims,withdrawn areas,private land,and state land is. Trespassing

on any of those can ruin your day.

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Hey rim here is a good place to start... hope this helps

http://www.blm.gov/a...quirements.html

Thank's Ore,

I already had that site saved but when I make an attempt to read, for the most part it all looks like Greek to me. IMO one shouldn't have to hold a masters degree in english to comprehend a site like that. But keep in mind, i'm a full blooded Redneck...haha!!

Hey man I just noticed you are 75% Cherokee and you like treasure tales. I guess you already read the one about the Cherokee indians and the Mexicans hauling chest of gold and silver coins and burying them in the Little Cypress creek close to Gilmer, Texas.

That's about 25 miles north of me. But I think they lied about the location. I'm not sure if there were any bridges or barge crossing the Sabine River back in those days. I think they could have dumped it off on my 2 acres... :D

I'm about 4 miles south of the Sabine. The Sabine also has steep embankment's where I cross over. And there ain't no way you're going to drive a wagon across it either.

Rim

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Rimshot

You can look for gold as long as you like,as long as you are looking

on open ground. There is no requirement to file a claim ,to prospect

or do casual use mining activities. A claim only holds your rights to

the minerals after they are located ,against all others,and the feds.

You can camp up to 14 days on BLM ground,then you have to move.

The hardest part is knowing where you are,and knowing where all the

mining claims,withdrawn areas,private land,and state land is. Trespassing

on any of those can ruin your day.

Thank you sawmill!

In the blue writing above, do I have to completely vacate the 20 acre site or can I just move my camping gear say 50 yards and set up camp again on same 20 acres?

Also, if I do have to vacate the site, how long do I have to wait before I can return to site?

Rim

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Hello Rim ,

i spent 5 years living in texas but the only thing i hunted back then were buzztails . Most treasure tales are tarnished with misleading info to keep the treasure safe. Any time the tale is re-told it gets modded just a little bit. It would be awesome if the treasure chests were on your land and you found them. That would make my day. Just keep the good karma flowing , you just never know what might happen. Have an awesome day !!!

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Rimshot

You are allowed to camp for 14 days in the same place out of 28

consecutive days. The 28 and 14 days start from the time you set up

camp. On the 29th day you can come back and camp there again for

another 14 days. When you move ,the law requires that you move at

least 25 miles from your original camp spot.

Just so you are aware,they do keep an eye open for camps that have

stayed in one place too long. If they catch you,they will give you so many

hours to leave. If you don't leave in that time ,they will tow your vehicles,

and write tickets.

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Rimshot, as usual, sawmill is right on. I've been a full time RV'er for 8 years and have spent a lot of time camped on BLM land. Some rangers are very aware of what goes on in their area and they keep a notebook of dates, places and license plate numbers. Just go by the book and pack everything out when you leave. Oh, and be aware of existing mining claims and the Antiquities Act.

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Ok sawmill and Dakota Slim. I think that covers all of my needs to know. Thank's a bunch! Now all i need to do is practice with my Megellan. It's a shame these things don't have an alarm on them when I get outside my boundaries.

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