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Great start for the New Year Lunk, and I wish you more luck in the hunts yet to come.

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Yup, if I had to guess who would tease the first nugget of '21 it would be you Lunk.

Happy New Year.

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You're swinging and I'm waiting for breakup?....Soooo jealous!  Carry on and nice gold!

keep em coming!!!

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Your knowledge, discipline and patience have yielded success again. Great way to start the year. 
Happy Golden New Year!

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Nice job Lunk, your finds are helping me get through this recovery period with my Achilles tendon. Lol. Keep them coming.

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That's a Sweet way to bring in the New Year !!!!!!

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Happy Golden New Year 


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