Can you guys suggest me a country that let people pan for gold without any / or special permission ?
My goal is to make over $100 Everyday
Thank you in advance
Recently read Lucky's post about his Rye Patch adventure. Nice job guys and gal. He mentioned "we cover hundreds of acres with our coils a day". I'm pretty sure he didn't mean that literally, it just felt that way. Anyway, it got me wondering how much ground are we covering with our coil in day.
For the sake of simplicity let's assume we are swinging a 12" coil in a 6' arc. Therefore we cover 6 sq. ft each swing. To cover an acre (43560 sq. ft) we need to make 43560/6=7260 swings. Also let's assume we are taking 3 sec./swing. Then 7260 swings x 3 sec/swing=21780 sec or 21780/3600sec/hr=6.05 hrs. So to put your coil over an acre of ground with a modest swing rate takes about 6 hours excluding any digging, eating, or whatever.
You could cut that time by swinging faster or using a bigger coil, but covering an acre takes a fairly long time. You also could move faster and pass over ground between each swing, but your coil is still only seeing one acre. Food for thought.
Damn, I got to get a hobby.
By Clay Diggins
Land Matters has posted an explanation and map of the proposed BLM Vulture Mountains Rec Area lease in Arizona. The lease would involve withdrawing the area from claim location.
This is a popular and productive gold prospecting area just Northwest of Phoenix Arizona. It's adjacent to the active Vulture Mine one of the oldest and most productive gold mines in Arizona. There are a lot of claims there at present. If you have claims in the area or just enjoy prospecting the Vulture region this might be a good time to let the BLM know your thoughts on their proposal. Comments need to be submitted by December 23, 2016.
You can see the withdrawal proposal and interactive map on the News and Views front page.
This is part of Land Matters ongoing effort to track and map all proposed mineral withdrawals. This is a very ambitious project but one that several Land Matters users have requested. If you know of any current withdrawal proposals that you would like to see featured please contact Land Matters at email@example.com.
By Guest Jennifer
Hi all.... well after spending an uneventful time on the top of Rye Patch, I made my way to Gold Basin to see that area. After mentioning to Doc (Doc's Detecting) that I was in the area and asking him if he had any suggestions for areas to check out, he not only suggested some great areas, he drove here at 3am the next day and we met at 5:30 on Gold Basin and had an AWESOME day detecting.. it was finally a chance to meet one of the first people I started chatting with on the forums years ago upon joining........ I was on my 2300 (that I purchased from Doc earlier this year) and he was on his 7000. Well by the end of the day, he'd hit a bit (one of which he let me dig and keep as it was too deep for my 2300 till he'd removed a bit of the overburden), I'd hit a bit (of trash) but the company and the scenery were better than any nugget I'd have hoped to find....
Doc and I parted ways that afternoon and after realizing that evening that I'd left my snake chaps in his truck and they were now back in Vegas, we made plans to meet up on Sat to get them... I figured the 2 hour drive was better than the 2 week wait for the postal service and the chance of getting bit in the bush out alone..... plans changed that evening and I decided to just have him send them to me UPS and I'd risk one day in the rattle fields..... I'm glad I did.....
I went out to an area several miles from where Doc took me (out of respect for his areas), I then drove around scoping out other areas (not on club claims) and didn't find much, upon starting the trip back into Meadview, I was about to jump onto the main dirt road back to the highway and something tapped me on the shoulder and said (in Doc's own voice)... that spot looks real interesting...... and I turned around and went back..... After putting on what seemed like a full on leather-fest of gear, harnesses, pick holders, speakers, amps, Glock .40 etc etc etc.... (loaded for bear with no snake chaps, smart Jennifer), I proceeded to start up a nice little gully... not a dig hole in sight and BAAAAAAM.... (LESS THAN 20' UP THE WASH) woooooo yea baby.... the sound we love to hear.... suuuuuwweeeeeeeet... dig dig dig.... woooooowwwwwaaawwwwwoooowwaaaaaa..dig dig dig..... sweat curse dig.... BOING!!!!!!! Taddaaaaaaaaaaaa...... plop, into the mouth it went ....
This entire gully (actually it's a series of parallel gullies) were dig hole free, this slug (and it felt like a Northern California slug) would have been found with a tin can on a string, it was down about a foot, was found with a GPX5000 and a Nugget Finder Advantage 14" elliptical.... it was getting late so I only dug the one, I'm saving the rest of the gullies for when my Sensei (Doc) can take a day off and come back and work the area with me, me on my 5k and him on his 7k.
Doc, thank you for being a true advocate for our hobby, you didn't have to take a day off to show me the area, let alone drive 2 hours each way to do so..... men like you make me proud to be part of this community.....
It's nothing special for a lot of people, but for me.... every nugget has a story (as most of you have heard of my long winded nugget stories in the past) and for me, this was not only my first Gold Basin nugget, it was my first American nugget (most of my work has been done in Australia and Canada).
Almost 1/4 ounce, 7 grams..... and as I type this email, it's enjoying a nice warm bubble (acid) bath to make it even puuuuuuurdier.... (about $332.00 on today's spot price, a bit closer to getting that GPZ)......... I wonder if my 5000 would stop talking to me if he realized he was the maker of his own demise? I feel like an IT Manager asking an IT professional to train the new guy from Bangladore who only speaks Punjabi, who's going to get his job once training's complete. :)
Doc, thanks again... I had a great day with you and wouldn't have found this memory without your help.... come back and help me finish what I started.
By Digger Bob
We all know it, but how many of us actually do it? I'm talking about asking your friends and total strangers about places to hunt. Many old timers know about places that no one else does. And they know other people who know places, and they know people, and so on. Once you gain their trust and are honest and straightforward with them, all kinds of doors can be opened to you.
Here is a perfect example; It's actually a long story how this came about but suffice to say, this little piece came from an "estate" that her late husband had acquired many years before. This, along with several antique tools, were bought for less than $50. She had no use for them anymore and had no family members that were interested.
I've looked online for similar items but haven't found anything this big or impressive out there. There is a small label on the back that says "Anaconda mine". No idea which one as there are at least three of them in the west. In the direct sunlight the display of color is breathtaking!