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  1. Fair to say a good time was had by all at Bill Southern's fall outing. Plenty of food. It was delicious. Bill smoked 2 briskets, I smoked 1, Kevin Hoagland smoked a pork roast, and someone smoked a turkey. There were a ton of people. Debbie Smikoski, the Minelab representative, came with two suitcases full of Minelab goodies for the drawing, which was free. Everyone walked away with some kind of Minelab goody, whether it be a hat, t-shirt, gloves, etc. Bill donated a Go-Find 40 for the drawing and I donated a pick, there were other donations made as well. Bill, Kevin, Mike Furness, Debbie, and I hosted two training sessions on the Gold Monster 1000. We trained over 50 people on this amazing little gold getter. I went back to a ravine where I had my last successful find and spent one hour walking just to get far enough and exhausted enough that I figured most detectorists would probably be tired of digging trash. That is where I started looking. There was no shortage of trash. Got a nice target that sounded pretty loud, could have been mistaken for trash but I liked where it was positioned, right on the side of the gully before it would drop into the wash. Turned out to be a nice 3.3 gram nugget, perfect pendant nugget. If you have never attended one of these spring and fall outings I encourage you to do so. Lot of fun, lot of good information shared, great food and people. The next one coming in the Spring is going to be at Quartzsite. Here's some pictures. By the way we have moved to a 4500 sq foot warehouse in Henderson. 1180 Wigwam Parkway, Suite 110, Henderson, NV 89074. I sold my office building to the Las Vegas Metro Police Department. I think given the neighborhood, the police would be the only ones safe in that building. I built my building in 1986, so it served me well for 31 years, it was time to cash out. The Metro Police are going to turn my office into a Neighborhood Criminal Justice Center. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Doc from Doc's Detecting
  2. It is time to go to Rye Patch for our annual outing. This year I have more of a plan where I want to look for gold. I've done some research but that doesn't find it for me. I'll be using the 19 a bit and high sensitivity 14 on a couple of places. I'll try to get in a few swings with the 2300. One thing I know it is going to be cold. https://www.google.com/search?q=rye+patch+weather&rlz=1C1GGGE_enCN456CN456&oq=rye&aqs=chrome.2.69i57j69i60j35i39j69i60j35i39j0.3897j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 I'll be back on Sunday. Mitchel
  3. Bill Southern & Kevin Hoagland will be hosting some Gold Monster 1000 Field training at the upcoming Nuggetshooter Outing. The outing will be held at the San Domingo Placer area in Maricopa County Arizona near Morristown Nov. 17 - 19. You must RSVP - see below or Bill’s Forum for details.
  4. Not as far as manufacturers from what I saw. I have some great footage of the event and also some ghost towns. First video will be out this Friday. Fun trip!
  5. As well as a look around there is a casual test done on a gold target between the XP Deus HF elliptical, Nokta Impact, and the new Quest 40.
  6. 2017 Rye Patch Nugget Shoot

    Just a reminder - only a couple weeks away!
  7. Hello all, here are the dates that I will be at Sawtooth Knob, Nevada. 17 May thru 26 May 2017 Come join George and I and find some gold. About fifteen of us already committed... Shep, get the guys together...And we'll weigh everything in pennyweights just for you. Check out... TRINITYAU.COM Additional updates are also on my Facebook page, Trinityau/RayMills
  8. Does anyone need a prospecting partner anywhere in Arizona, Nevada or California this week? I've got Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. My detectors are loaded. I just need to travel from Southern California. The weather is going to be great in Rye Patch or ... PM me if you have a proposal. Mitchel
  9. Emigrant Trails West will be doing a 50 minute power point presentation on the gold rush and the Lassen Trail. If you have ever been in the back roads of Northern California & Nevada , you have probably seen their railroad track markers at historical locations . This will be a interesting speaker. You are all invited. Emigrant Trails West has agreed to be our guest speaker at February meeting. Hi Scott, I received your e-mail request this morning and would be interested in doing a Power Point presentation for your group. I am the Vice-President/acting-President of Trails West, Inc., and I do several presentations a year on a topic pertaining to your request for "gold related history on the emigrant trails." Below is a short bio and description of my presentation, which is primarily about Lassen's Gold Rush Trail. Trails West, Inc. has several other members who are very knowledgeable about various Gold Rush Trails across the Sierras. Bill Bishell or I will gladly recommend speakers about specific trails into California if you have other requests. If you are interested, contact me with available dates. My Bio I am a retired educator, and for several years, I worked as a National Park Ranger at Lassen Volcanic National Park. While working there, the park had me develop a living history program about the Lassen and Nobles Pioneer Trails. I used horses, oxen, and a covered wagon to demonstrate life on the emigrant trails, and I told about the evolution of trails from the Oregon Trail to the California Trail and the importance of the Lassen Trail during the Gold Rush, how it ironically saved the lives of many of the Argonauts that took the trail in 1849, and the implications that had for Peter Lassen, who pioneered the Trail in 1848. While researching the trail history, I was impressed with the fact that Peter Lassen was one of the most prominent early pioneers in California. He has more things named for him than any other pioneer with the exception of John C. Fremont and Kit Carson, who are famous throughout the West. In addition to Lassen National Park and National Forest, there are Mount Lassen, Lassen County, Lassen College, and many more. However, on the other hand, historians have written that Lassen was a "wily and inept Dane" who deceived emigrants to get them to follow his trail to his ranch, that he "got lost all the time, and that "he couldn't tell Mount Lassen from Mount Shasta" when he was leading a wagon train to California. The accounts didn't balance, so I did extensive research on Lassen's life and legacy and wrote "Legendary Truths, Peter Lassen and His Gold Rush Trail in Fact and Fable" to correct the historical perspective. In doing so, I have sought out many emigrant journals in libraries across the country, become a member of both Trails West and the Oregon California Trails Association, worked with their historians, and I have traveled the Lassen and Nobles Trails many times including riding a mountain bike over the Lassen Trail from its start in Nevada to Lassen's Rancho in Vina California. My Power Point presentation is about 50 minutes long, covers the life of Peter Lassen, shows the route his trail follows, and speculates on the mysteries surrounding his death. Spanish Springs Library GPAA of Northern Nevada, Reno http://emigranttrailswest.org
  10. Well, I attended the Minelab Partner conference this last weekend and got to visit with a number of friends, both dealers and Minelab company folks as well. The ICMJ may not be a detector dealer, but we are a business partner in the sense that we run their ads and help them get the word out on their products. Of course I signed a paper that I could not talk about anything I saw, so that limits what I can say. However, I can say that Minelab has long been a very research and development focused company (no secret there) and everything I did see showed that they are continuing in that direction, with good stuff in the pipeline to come and good stuff in a number of categories. They will all come out in their own good time when the products are ready. The dealers I spoke with were looking forward to the release of the items that were discussed - and that's about as much as I can say. I could not make the last conference which was held in New Orleans because of conflicting commitments to the magazine, so it was good to make this one. Lots of folks were there who are involved in prospecting and metal detecting. As an example, Steve and I had visited Reed's prospecting shop in Perth years ago, and the owners were there in Las Vegas and I had a fun chance to catch up with them while I was there. There were quite a few folks from the land down under in attendance and not just folks who work for Minelab, but dealers too. The event was very well attended and I think the fact that it was held at the end of the Vegas Shot show was a factor in bringing more people there. There was a lot of good, open give and take communication. Minelab even gave out little wireless voting devices that were like a small calculator, and then they would ask to get opinions from the dealers and take input via these little voting devices - it was very cool and interesting to see the opinions of the dealers as a group in real time. It didn't take long to see that although there were a number of dealers who were prospecting focused, there were even more that were coin and treasure focused. There were also times to ask questions and make comments, with lots of good questions and comments from Gerry of Gerry's detectors in Boise and Nevada's own Doc Lousignont from Las Vegas. I also got to meet Ben Harvey, the new gentleman who will be leading Minelab North America (Gary Schafer's replacement). Ben seems like a good guy and I'm sure that folks will get to know him better over time - he's only been on the job a short time. So all in all, an excellent trip and the meetings I think were a big success. Although the forecast looked brutal for my drive down there with a bad snow storm both the day that I was going down and on the day I was coming back, it was not nearly as bad as it could have been as a fair amount of the storms from Fallon south fell as rain, not snow. Going down the snow lightened up considerably east of Sparks and cleared out before Fernley and then coming back I had bad snow over Goldfield summit and also from Fernley to my house, but I've seen worse. I had feared it would be bad most of the way and turn what is a 7+ hour trip when the weather is good into a 15 hour fight with the snow and ice, and it was just not that way. I think it took a little over 8 hours to get there and about 9.5 coming back. I rode the monorail back and forth from my hotel to the Conference hotel and that was a fun thing.
  11. 2016 Rye Patch Nuggetshoot

    You are all cordially invited to the 2016 Rye Patch Nuggetshoot. Free to attend. We plant 100 brass tokens in a 40 acre field. We are approaching $ 20 k in prizes. Which include over 10 mid range metal detectors, kids detectors, silver bars, digging tools, gift cards, hats, t-shirts, and more I can't even think of. If you would like to sponsor, shoot me your email and I will get you a sponsor package. Camping right nearby. And a potluck dinner on Saturday night.
  12. All veterans, active duty, and dependants are invited. Vets outing July 23rd and 24th.ppt
  13. So the ICMJ Prospectors Summit consists of two days of show with a large number of equipment dealers at the El Dorado Fairgrounds and two days of prospecting at the Gleeson Diggings – an old hydraulic Gold pit in Placer County. The Gleeson mine is private property, but by special arrangement it is open to us for two days every other year, and there is a fee to attend to pay for portable bathrooms, for the mine operator to dig up dirt for us, etc. Everyone has a great time, but on Monday I had fun helping a guy who was digging with his metal detector. I generally wander around seeing if anyone needs any help, but I do a little prospecting of my own as well. So I was wandering around and came upon Ray Mills who was helping a guy who had a Fisher Gold Bug Pro. They had dug out one small nugget out of the bedrock, but they thought they had another target as well. The problem was that the ground was very noisy and the GB Pro was having difficulty distinguishing between a target and the loud, mineralized bedrock. The mineral noise was overwhelming the target signal. It seemed like perhaps they had lost the target to me, so I went to grab my SDC 2300, which I was pretty certain would at least do better on the mineralized ground – enough to recover that second gold nugget. Sure enough the SDC cut through the mineral ground noise and clearly identified the target, which was about four inches away from where they were looking for it. I showed the guy how to recover it with a spoon and sure enough, it was a little nugget about 2 grains in size. I searched the spot and there was another target close by – I promised the guy at the spot I was not trying to take his gold, just to identify the nearby targets for him. There turned out to be several and as I would swing over them, because I wasn’t using headphones and had the speaker on so all could hear, Ray would say something like “there’s another one”. After the guy had dug a couple more small nuggets, one spot appeared to be a little louder and as he dug on it, it turned out to be a crevice filled with little flakes and nuggets. I’ve attached a photo I took of the crevice with some of the gold pointed out with arrows. I thought that was pretty impressive until Ray helped him extract a clod of cemented gravel from the bottom of the crevice that was just filled with little nuggets. I’ve attached a photo of that too, as it was very impressive – more so even that the previous nuggets. I told him – “You know that’s the type of thing that will give a guy a bad case of gold fever” – and he said – “I know!” with a big smile across his face. The biggest nugget he got in that spot was only about 8 grains, but I figure he got at least a quarter ounce of gold in total. Another gent started in on a spot I had identified about 15 feet away in a little shattered quartz vein. The first guy was content to clean out his little nugget crevice and work the area around it. So the second guy got some nice gold out of the shattered quartz vein spot – sometimes shattered little quartz veins and blobs in the bedrock can make for a good gold catch, and this one was just that. I would guess he got a couple pennyweight out of it before a young boy, about 10 years of age who was on his first prospecting trip came along and took over. He wailed on that vein with his pick and dug around it and he got some nice gold too, also probably around a couple pennyweight. At the end of the day, after everyone had walked away from that spot, I took my SDC 2300 over and still managed to locate another 2 grain nugget. It was a small area and I would guess there was at least a half ounce in total and a lot of happy folks. Lots of other stories and everyone had a great time at both hands on days at the Gleeson mine. as I have time, I may post a few more accounts of the folks digging for gold at the ICMJ summit - there are a number of interesting tales.
  14. Rye Patch Nugget Shoot 2015

    Everyone is invited to the free nuggetshoot on September 19th. Thousands of dollars in prizes. nugget_shoot_2015_flyer.pdf
  15. Welcome Steve to Sweet Home OR. Steve was able to stop by for a visit Wed. night, the night of our club meeting. Sooo of course we talked him into speaking at the meeting. It didn't take much talking in fact it didn't take any at all. If you don't know Steve he is a great guy and probably the best speaker when it comes to his passion, GOLD. I've known Steve for 15 years and he is a natural when it comes to using and speaking about metal detecting, metal detectors and gold in it's many forms. Thank you Steve! We will hook up in Northern Nevada and spend some time together detecting for gold. Hopefully it will be as good next time as it was last time. Thanks again, Steve Houston
  16. Hi Guys Anyone belong to the [AAGP] in Phx. Arizona Just curious about the claims and such? Think I may go to one of there meetings & check em out. Thx for any replys.
  17. Bill Southern is hosting an outing at Gold Basin November 7th through the 9th. Details at http://www.nuggetshooter.ipbhost.com/index.php?showtopic=27534 If the thread is any indication there will be quite a few people in attendance.
  18. Ray Mills put the word out publically at http://arizonaoutback.ipbhost.com/index.php?showtopic=11817 and on other forums about a get-together in the Sawtooth Mountain area near Sulphur, NV. Never been there before and this will be a chance not only to see the place but to meet Ray and others I have not met before. Anyway, I hope to get there just before dark and hang out for two or three days. I decided just to be different I would grab my Garrett ATX for this trip. I think it is feeling a little jilted since the SDC showed up so I figure I better give it a little love. It should be a good area for the ATX - relatively open, flat terrain. The guys started getting there on Saturday so hopefully somebody will have gold to show off by the time I get there. It is like any place lots of people know about and with easy access in that the easy stuff is gone, and there does not appear to ever have been a lot of easy stuff. But the area is large so gold can still be found. http://nevadanuggethunters.myfreeforum.org/archive/sawtooth-placers__o_t__t_123.html
  19. Hello all, a few of my friends are going to Sawtooth Mtn, Nv for some detecting. The dates are 17,18,19,20 April. If the weather is a no go then we are looking at the following weekend, 24,25,26,27 April. Anyone wishing to meet up with a great group of people shoot me a PM for details. TRINITYAU/RAYMILLS
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