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Very nice hunting with some nice looking gold.

Good luck on your next hunt and stay safe out there.

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20 hours ago, billdean said:

Well, I think I have that little area cleaned out now. I thought I would put all the pictures in one thread. So far its been a great start to the season. Many more miles to hunt. I hope I can keep it going, but I know all to well what happens when one area drys up. Just hope to keep that skunk away for awhile longer. If I did my math right it is a total of 15.35 grams! The biggest being 10.01 grams and the smallest, well I am not sure it even weighed anything. 

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Well done. 👍👍

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Heck yeah you are getting us Northern boys all fired up.  Ground is frozen up this way.  May try sunny slopes in a few days as we might hit 40's.

Nice gold and thanks for sharing. 

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Why do you think the specimens look black, were they iron oxide covered or is that a photo issue? Cleaned up nicely though, good work.

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28 minutes ago, geof_junk said:

It is normal for some nuggets.

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I really like the contrast of it- do you know what type of oxide that may be? I’ve read it can be magnesium or iron. The lower middle one is striking.

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3 hours ago, GotAU? said:

I really like the contrast of it- do you know what type of oxide that may be? I’ve read it can be magnesium or iron. The lower middle one is striking.

Some close to the source gold, reefs, can be coated in Black Jack. I found a fair bit near reefs in my time coated or partially coated in it. Some areas not so. Most maybe say near and in some areas of Castlemaine Victoria. Black Oxide coating. Some though I got in a deep lead area where very much of the gold from several grams down to say .2 looked as black as soot. I actually kept a half g bit from back in 1990 ish black as soot from 200 feep deep mine. I knew an old guy then, 1990s he was 95 then. I showed him some bits from the lead, and he as a young guy worked it for a mining company. Said, they never saw the black gold. Id say they missed a fortune in it there.

Try and dish out my black bit in the coming days. Ill find it. 

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