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  1. 36 points
    OK, so not really a BIG adventure....I just like the title!😄 I decided the Zed needed to get out and play, so we headed to northern Nv for a week...skipped my usual Rye Patch, and hunted 3 other areas instead. My 1st bit of gold was from Placerites, a sassy piece: Got a dink at Sawtooth, then moved on elsewhere. Had a couple skunked days but still enjoyed the scenery: Even found me a cool high desert hood ornament lol! Ended up with over a quarter oz, including a rough beauty of 3.9 grams about 12” deep: Wanted to meet Steve at the Nugget Shoot, but had to head home to meet up with some loggers up by my cabin. All in all, a great trip!
  2. 32 points
    Hi Guys, I have been a bit slack in coughing up posts of my adventures & finds over the last couple of weekends. So I will go back a couple of weekends to my first mountain E-bike mission up into the hills chasing gold. The challenge was always going to be just how do I carry everything on me on the bike. My only choice was to put it all into my backpack. Pro swing harness with WM12 & B&Z booster & twin speakers clipped onto it. Pick, pick holder & belt. Smoko bag & coffee thermos. The Zed with coil & shaft sticking out the top of the pack. That was going to be the biggest obstacle negotiating through bush & past rocky outcrops without getting the detector caught up on something & getting thrown off the bike, hopefully not down a ravine, or worse...breaking the detector shaft. Oh well....we will find out. So I was all packed up ready to go. Bike on the bike rack & I was off. Simon has committed himself to skiing every weekend day until the end of the ski season. So no Simon. He was up there somewhere on Coronet Peak. I got to as far as I could drive & got the bike all set up ready to go. It was all uphill from here. Having the backpack on certainly didn't help too much with balance & poise on the bike. I need to centralise the detector & tie it tight so it doesn't flop about. Lesson one. While it certainly was a lot quicker getting up the hill than walking, it was still bloody hard work & I was pretty knackered when I got to as far as I could ride. I then had to ditch the bike & carry on with backpack on & climb higher. Tee shirt was soaking wet. Still had a fair way to go Still a bit of snow in the shadows. Note the high sluiced gully center top of pic & the material "flowing" into the creek. Heading on up. That horizontal line cutting across the browe of the hill is a water race that would have feed the sluicing of that gully in the above pic. Up & up & time for a breather. Absolutely stunning country. I love it. Looking back down to the gully floor & the whole floor of the gully has been turned over by the old timers. All done by hand. After having a look around & a bit of a reconoscience I started detecting. I chose some exposed schist bedrock. I got a sweet sounding signal. Bingo. On the same run of bedrock another signal. I am way up from the gully floor but in a bit of a natural run off. Another small bit of gold. I noticed some rotten crumbling looking schist bedrock on a steep slope that looked promising. Got another signal. looking down the gully. A nice slug it was. There were a few finds that I didn't bother taking any pics as it was pretty steep & I always turn my phone off as it interferes with the detector. So sometimes it is a bit of a pain turning it on to take photos, so on some I didn't bother. I had to start thinking about heading out so I started my walk back down. Detecting as I went. I got to some alluvial/glacial gravels that were just above some old workings. I got a nice sounding signal. Looking down on the same dig Another sassy bit of gold. On the same gravels I got another nice hit. This one went down to a bit of depth. My biggest bit of the day. Then on the edge of some bedrock & these gravels, another signal. Another small bit of the good stuff. That was my lot, I had to get a wriggle on to get out before dark. Still had a bit of a walk back to the bike & then a bit of an uphill grind to get up out of this gully for the big downhill back to my wagon. I had seen quite a few broken glass bottles & on my walk back to the bike I saw a bit of green glass only just visible in the dirt. I carefully scraped around it with my pick. Expecting it to be just another broken bottle. But it wasn't. Gosh...that is a first. They are always broken. That one came home. On my walk back to the bike I came across three of my mates, & the only other life I saw all day apart from a few rabbits, which sums up the type of country I was in. Mountain goats. Had a close call riding the bike back down. I got a bit over confident coming down a very narrow part of the track with some over hanging brush. Sort of forgot about the detector sticking up out as much as it was. It clipped a bush & very nearly threw me off & over a bluff. Don't tell Mrs JW, ok Simon.....It tore the skid plate off the coil & I was so thankful it didn't break the shaft. Whew....& the skid plate did not sail off over the bluff. Sure was fun coming down, apart from that close call. WAY quicker & easier than walking. End result on the gold front was 12 pieces for 3.54 grams & believe it or not. Not one piece of rubbish. Cheers. Good luck out there JW
  3. 27 points
    So all week long I was fantasizing about the new spot I found where I found the 2 deep nickels on bedrock, and after hearing the stories about Prospectors putting a nickel in the ground to replace a nugget I figured I was on to a new hotspot... Well, it was a big bust. The 20 ft of wash I detected was the only part that had anything. Scouting new areas is either hero or zero. It's been zero for me for a while. I gave up on the new spot and decided to hit an old area where we have had some success. I decided to drive in a different way, and hit it from a new direction, to maybe see things from a different perspective. I ended up in a wash where my buddy Dave had pulled a couple out of a year ago. By the time I realized I was in that same wash, I was already digging targets. Maybe the monsoons moved some stuff around, because I know Dave hardly misses a crumb. After I dug my first nugget, a 2g chunk I slowed it down and moved the coil under all the shrubs in the wash. That was where I found the other 2 nuggets. A nice patch of 3. And I prevented another skunk. Tried to take a video of the last dig, not sure if I will post. I like the quartz one. Cheers, Chris
  4. 24 points
    I haven’t posted of late, been a long Smokey and hot Summer in NorCal which keep me in controlled atmospheric conditions, lol. Now, since it’s cooling off somewhat, I made my first Rye Patch Trip of the season. This solo trip was perfect, only had to worry about myself and how long my cooler ice would last, only had two bags of ice! Arrived and set up camp and hit a Patch for a late afternoon swing to see if I could get the skunk off my back. Skunk was off with a dink nugget to the poke and a good nights sleep with the moon blazing! Well to make a 2 1/2 day hunt short, I had fun and met a few other Prospectors enjoying our hobby as well. It’s a nice change of scenery from the woods/manzanita of NorCal to open plains of the desert. As many of you know Rye Patch isn’t what it use to be...or is it! Well, I ran out of beer and steam in my engine and headed home, knowing I left gold for the next trip(s)...until the next hunt! Big one was 3.53 dwts for a total of a little over 9 dwts. LuckyLundy
  5. 21 points
    Hi Guys, The weekend after my E-Bike mission I just went for a quick afternoon detect on the saturday to more just continue hacking into a solid schist rock that I had got a nice signal in with the Zed but I had to abandon it as I felt sorry for my pick & needed to attack it with a cold chisel & hammer. Check out that post here. So I arrived with my cold chisel & hammer & hacked into the schist rock. Signal still there. When suddenly I saw it. @%*#🤬 Two bloody wires, one yellow & one white. Looks like a drill hole & possibly electrical detonator wires. 🤬 Bugger. So nothing else for it but to carry on detecting. I did my mountain goat thing scrambling down & around cliff faces. Poking & proding the coil where I could. Got a sweet little signal. You will see the scrape about half way between the coil & just below that rabbit hole in that glacial material. A nice little slug. That was my lot though & being pissed of with those wires I headed home. Sunday was a beautiful spring day & was spent tidying up the section, weed eating & mowing the lawns. Mrs JW tidied up the gardens & planted some sunflower seeds. So no detecting. The next day monday we woke up to SNOW. WTF...I know I have already put some pics up of this but I will show some again just for this post. Crazy. Somewhere under there are the lawns I mowed on a beautiful bammy spring day the day before. It was all gone in a couple of days. So the weekend just gone I went out for a late afternoon detect to a local spot on the Saturday. I wasn't holding my breath on getting anything as I have thrashed this area over the years with my Gp 3000, GPX 4500 & the Zed. Getting gold with all of them but I had come up dry on the last couple of time in passing through this spot with the Zed. Well...I was pleasantly surprised. I got a faint but very positive hit at the base of a run of some schist bedrock. Was on the edge of deeper ground from the run of schist bedrock. But the bedrock wasnt too far down before I was smashing into it & peeling it out. Signal was still in there so I knew it was going to be gold. Getting down into a bit of a crevice & then the signal was out. Then directly up from that dig & up on top of that run of schist bedrock I got the faintest of whispers in among the folds of schist. So I hacked into it ripping the schist open. The Zed can be a devil to pinpoint, especially when the gold is small. So I wasnt sure which of those crevices I had opened up that the signal was coming from. Ended up being that one in the middle with the rusty looking material in it. I then got a faint signal directly on top of the schist & there was no crevice or opening of loamy material. Just solid schist with lichen all over it. One scrape & it had moved. Ah....shotgun pellet. But no it was a small bit of gold. Things then dried up for a bit so I wondered on to another old spot of mine where I had got nothing since my GP 3000 days. Not even with the 4500 or the Zed in the conservative settings. But this time I was in 18 sensitivity. Got a good hit. It went to a bit of depth & the signal was still in there. Got down to the schist bedrock & it was still there. Hacking into the schist & still there. I now knew it was going to be gold. It was. Then only a foot away another another signal. Again down to the schist bedrock. And....Bingo I had to call it quits on that one, but tomorrow was another day....& I would be back to finish off this old haunt...again So end result for the afternoon was 6 little bits for 2.59 grams. I was rapt with that. Sunday to be continued..... Good luck out there. JW
  6. 21 points
    Not getting much detecting time in lately.....but managed a few hours at the beach. Found these 5 rings and two silver dimes at the same beach. All the rings were found in the water. The rosie and merc were found around picnic tables. The gold ring is 14K and weighs in at 12.25 grams. The silver ring with the amethyst also has fire opal in it. The three other rings are all 925 silver.
  7. 21 points
    Hi all, I had time for a half day hunt today, so I planned on going back to a couple spots we had found gold in the past, hoping to squeeze out another nugget or 2. Plan a was a bust so I made a beeline toward the truck. On the way walking over random ground perpendicular to all the washes I hit a nice smooth signal on a small ridge. Dug down about 6 inches and got it out of the hole. Turned out being a fist sized rock. Thought it was a hot rock at first, but the signal was too good, so I was hoping it was a possible meteorite. Washed it off and immediately saw quartz. So now I was hoping for a speci. (Which I have never seen from this area) I washed it off a little more and saw some gold!!! Not sure how much is in there, but when I got home and cleaned it better, I found more gold than I was expecting. I got back to the truck and was headed home when my girlfriend said they were running a couple of hours late, so I had a bit more time to detect. I decided to try a completely new area expanding a known gold district on my way home. I made my way into the hills to the place I wanted to check out. Looked promising, very similar geologic to the place I was just at. I only had time for about 20 minutes of detecting. So I headed up the nearest wash. Got a little way up and hit a nice mellow deep signal, dug down about a foot and half and found a 1961 nickel on bedrock, 3 feet away hit a similar signal let than a foot deep on bedrock again..another nickel 1984. Strange this was really out of the way and didn't find any trash. Only detected a small part of the wash when I had to head home. You can zoom in on the quartz and see a couple of spots of gold. Chris
  8. 21 points
    I`m still experimenting with cameras and this is a shot of the small stuff I have found over the last few months. I`m not looking for point oners but that`s what I`ve mainly been getting. I`ve dug plenty of deep holes, but unfortunately no deep gold, only deep rubbish. It`s a good thing this is just a hobby for me. 🙂
  9. 19 points
    Thanks Steve, I never expected to get anything for it and didn't want anything for it as I enjoyed doing it and put my new found hobby to a good use doing a good deed but it paid off in the end that's for sure, they gave me two sheep for my freezer (that's a lot of meat) and I won the find of the month competition! The Gift card is for $250 USD, which is about 380 NZD. Just awesome! 🙂 ❤️
  10. 17 points
    Temps here in Sunny Yuma are still unbearable, but I got out for a few hrs early this AM to play with the Equinox 800 and 6" coil. I went back to the same spot as last week, an area of relatively flat drywash tailings. I poked around for half Hr in the Gold II setting but the hot rocks were becoming quite tedious. Even if you apply some discrimination, they blow through the filter with a choppy broken tone. I remembered that our skilled Moderator has said, many months ago, that he was quite confident in finding small gold in the Park II mode. I thought I'd give it a try figuring the hot rocks would come in the low tone and gold would pop through in the higher tones. I picked a spot of choppy hot ground and put down my 1/4 gram test nugget. It zipped through with a nice high tone and the choppy hot ground more or less disappeared. I ran the Sens up to 23, no discrimination, everything else factory preset in Park II. It was truly amazing, the hot rock tones were gone. Park II also runs with no threshold so the machine was nearly dead silent. I went back over the ground I had just covered and started popping these tiny bits of gold. Half of them came out of boot scrapes I had left last week. I did not rely on the VID numbers, just the tone. If the machine grunted a low tone but fluttered a high tone I dug. I pulled up some tiny pieces of rusted steel and wire, but enough of those targets turned into gold to keep me digging. I watched the VID numbers on a couple targets. They started out negative VID -7, -8, but when uncovered popped 0 or +1, all the while with a high tone. As we discussed on the last thread, VID numbers for gold vary, but now it's clear that relying on VID is going to miss gold. The tones were certainly more reliable than VID in this situation. And clearly, Park II is plenty sensitive to small gold. These 10 pieces combined would not register on my scale. I used a sewing needle for scale, they are that tiny. I suspect that the hot rocks were screened out by the "iron bias" filter, perhaps Steve can shed more light on that aspect. This machine is really starting to impress me.
  11. 17 points
    Every 3rd Friday of the month the metal detecting club I belong to allows us to display our 'finds of the month' as a competition. The categories are listed on the white board below my display. This month my display number was 19. I had an entry for each category this month. All of the items were found with the 800 using the 11" coil. (You can see the club info and pictures of past finds here: http://prospectorsclub.org/ ) I've put in a few hours over the last week because conditions were good. What I didn't show were the coins that I found which was about $50. So I dug a lot of holes when you add in the trash! About 3 nights ago I went out on a low tide and was not finding much on my first beach. I was getting ready to go and I found a piece of micro jewelry. I didn't really want to leave so I began a SLOW grid of the area. Just about every target started out as a negative number. I kept gridding and found another micro piece as one of the studs, nothing very exciting but a target. I locked into the slow pattern at the 'bottom of the hill' which is the end of the steep part of a beach slant. I ended up with 5-6 small pieces and was satisfied with that. Sometimes after I grid I look at the holes I've dug and consider the depth of the targets and extend that line or cross over where I've been before. One of these times I extended the grid and came back to the pattern and I heard a 17. Well, the Nox does 13, 20,21,30,31 and 15s quite often so 17 was a digger in all metal. I took my normal couple of scoops and the target was still there. This was the deepest target in the grid. I looked in the scoop after about 9 inches and a 10k 6g ring was shinning at me in the moonlight. This was a shock. It was out of place and it didn't sound like that type of target. The ring is pretty solid. I could not tell from the sound. One of my criticisms of the 800 is that it doesn't make heavier, more massive items louder. Larger items like aluminium cans detect over a much larger area but I don't get a sense of 'density' from the audio target signal. So, I guess the 17 is because the gold has more copper or silver to make it the 10k. It is a nice class ring. I'm still trying to find the owner. The other items in the picture all have a story too including the two silver dimes and two silver chains. I'll try to remember them if you ask me. Mitchel
  12. 17 points
    Hey everyone, I get out on Sundays. Some half days and some full days. Half days you don't get much except a lot of clad, and full days you will work your butt off literally, for a few worth mentioning finds. You really gotta work these parks. You have to find areas where there aren't crowds so driving around finding that right spot takes time from your day. Leaving the house at 6am or earlier is the norm for me. I'm still on a buffalo/V nickel quest and averaging 20 -30 nickels per hunt. Got a buffalo this past Sunday, 2 silver dimes and a few wheats. I come home dirty/sweaty due to the heat but I'm liking every minute of it. I hope everyone had a great weekend hunt.
  13. 15 points
    - - - over an hour from the Nineties. I haven't successfully transposed it to digital format yet but I'm still working on it. The sound is present but my capture device isn't yet picking it up. I'm a bit over the moon about it really, some welcome good news following a tough week shooting drought weakened sheep - - Starring are some memorable characters from the earlier years of gold detecting, as well as some nice gold. Here's some early screen grabs, hopefully the final MPEG's will be of higher quality. 5 oz from Guys Rush, Rheola VIC. found at depth with Jimmy Stewarts 36" "Bismarck": 30 oz from Guy's Rush, Rheola VIC, found at depth with Jimmy Stewarts 36" "Bismarck":
  14. 14 points
    I live in Edmonton, Alberta. Been metal detecting for years.....I dabbled in prospecting over 20 years ago and got the bug this year. I am running a highbanker in the North Saskatchewan River, which flows through Edmonton. Only flour gold present. I am spoiled! A 5 minute drive, and I can set up my equipment and dig. No claims, no dredging but 5 year ($50.00) mining licence required. I enjoy the many surprises coming out of the river.....petrified wood, petrified dino. bones and the odd relic or coin. The exercise and fresh air are the other rewards. Below are my most recent finds from last week. We got an early snow, but went out anyway! Below is a pic......the ring I found metal detecting (14.2grams.)
  15. 14 points
    The 80s and 90s were a time of great change in Alaska. One issue was the integration of a number of large new National Parks, Wildlife Refuges, etc. created in the 1970's that lead to a lot of conflict with land owners either near or suddenly inside of a park or refuge. These people became known as "inholders" and it took quite some time for all the conflict to settle down (some remains to this day) but everyone slowly adjusted to the new situation. The mines at Chisana were now inside the Preserve (Refuge) portion of Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve. The Preserve is different than the Park in that activities like hunting are allowable. Mining claims was an issue that took a lot of time to sort. In order to mine at all any claim has to pass a validity exam (not required on most "normal" mining claims) and then have a fully approved plan of operations. All the new requirements lead to a severe reduction in the number of claims. The claims at Chisana are some of the only active claims left, having fully passed the validity exam stage and permitting process. I was involved in this process and will mention some more about it later. In the meantime however operations were quite limited on the claims, with only small scale dredging, highbanking, and metal detecting permitted on at least some of the ground. One thing I was discovering was that although the old records made it sound like multi-ounce nuggets might be possible in the area, the reality is the gold is generally smaller, with quarter to half ounce nuggets being the normal "large nugget" finds. Most of the nuggets found metal detecting, as can be seen in the photos earlier, are smaller in size. There is ample smaller gold, such that if a location is found metal detecting that reveals a lot of small gold, then there is almost for sure going to be more there to be found with a gold pan or sluice box. Here is a location along a trail in the bench workings where we found gold right along the trail itself with metal detectors. The gold was small and lots of it, so the solution was to fill five gallon buckets. These were loaded into an ATV trailer borrowed from the claim owner at the time. Filling buckets with gold bearing material The trailer was then pulled down to the creek and the buckets dumped into as Keene sluice box. Unloading the buckets Sluice box set up and ready to feed I had finally graduated to pulse induction metal detectors, and brought my Minelab SD 2200D up to the ground for a go at the gold. The SD of course worked well, but as I had discovered already it does not really shine in low mineral ground with small gold. Hot VLF detectors run well in this ground, and so they leave very little for a PI to find, primarily because there is a lack of really large, deep gold. I know of only a few nuggets found at Gold Hill that weigh over an ounce in the last few decades and unfortunately I did not find them. Most were found by dredging operations, with one nugget of about three ounces found by another claim owner with a metal detector. The SD 2200D did find a nice nugget of about 8 pennyweight, which is the largest I have found on this ground. Steve with Minelab SD 2200D pointing at spot 8 dwt nugget was found This was another short three day weekend trip. The problem being a working stiff is getting time during the short but busy Alaska summer to do things like this. Since I was an airplane bum relying on my father for trips, we often hooked up for Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day three day weekend expeditions. Still, in addition to nuggets found while detecting, a couple ounces of nice gold were recovered with the sluice box operation. Steve with a couple ounces gold - photo courtesy Jeff Reed Gold is not the only thing you can find with a metal detector at Chisana. There are a few copper nuggets in the area and I would find a small one now and then. However, this rock gave a great signal with almost no metal showing. The copper staining is obvious however. Copper nodule - see the thin line? I have a small rock saw just for jobs like this, and so I cut the nodule in half when I got home (see the cut line in photo above). Solid copper core revealed Well, I kind of rushed this last bit. The fact is I have covered this in more detail before at Steve's Mining Journal in an entry. Plus, I want to get more up to the present where I have lots more tales and photos to show and tell! Here is the story at the Journal: Metal Detecting for Gold at Chisana, Alaska - 7/21/00 To be continued...
  16. 13 points
    Hi Folks I had a great hunt at the beginning of September with the Equinox. At this site I discovered a nice handful of Native American Kettle Points, Jesuit missionary rings and a tinkler cone or two along with some later 1700's artifacts. One of the rings was an L Heart ring which was worn by the missionary, while the other ring was one that they gave to the Native Americans. Overall a great hunt that will be hard for me to top. I can't wait to get back and try for more. HH
  17. 13 points
    Minelab Equinox 800 does it again! 22ct gold ring at 10 inches deep in the sand. This is not my find, it's my father's that he found a couple of days ago. 2.7 grams 0f lovely 22ct gold.
  18. 13 points
    One thing I always found fascinating at Chisana was the effort expended to bring water to bench locations - gold bearing areas far above the current stream area. The terrain is steep, and the bedrock is fractured to great depth. This made ditches a poor solutions for much of the area, and wooden boxes or "flumes" had to be constructed to carry water to the desired mining areas. Just getting the lumber to the site was a major undertaking. The gold bearing creeks are well above treeline. That being the case the lumber was whipsawed in the valley below then pulled by horses to the valleys above. More impressive was the engineering feats involved. The flume would start far upstream at creek level and then follow a more gentle grade than the creek itself, eventually bringing water miles downstream and hundreds of feet above the current stream level. In the process gullies were bridged and the entire structure built across cliff faces. Most of the old flume system is gone or in serious disrepair, but sections remain to tell the tale. Click on images for larger views.... View down lower Little Eldorado Creek - flume high on hill in distance Closer look at flume above mouth of Little Eldorado Creek And closer yet... Upper Bonanza view of flume system - much of the wood has been scavenged over the years Flume crossing cliff areas Detail of flume construction Flume winding around the terrain The old flume system close up To be continued... Make your own Alaska Gold Rush Adventure!! This long tale has a secondary goal - to advertise two 20 acre mining claims that my friends have for sale on lower Bonanza Creek. This is basically canyon dredging ground with minimal prospects for metal detecting for gold. See the details here. I am not involved in the sale beyond just helping advertise it so please do aim all inquiries for details about the claims for sale to the email address in the ad.
  19. 12 points
    To find something, anything gold, I tried beaches, water detecting, playgrounds, etc... and finally scored! 😂 10k. Rang up 13-14 on the Equinox 600 which is usually pull tabs.
  20. 12 points
    Congratulations Simon, good job on the ring return!
  21. 12 points
    Went for an afternoon hunt yesterday to an area that had several music festivals over the years. I didn't expect to find any silver coins, and I didn't. A relatively small area produced a good number of coins, pull tabs and other miscellaneous junk along with a Swiss Army knife that was in three pieces. The handles had become separated from the knife. After getting home and inspecting my finds,I discovered the knife handles are 925 sterling with an engraved name on one of them.I will try to contact that person. A very expensive little knife
  22. 12 points
    Last night after work i went to the beach for 9pm . It was dark and difficult to see much but i could tell that the normal areas i search were to built up to find much so i went East and saw that it was a lot better . though still built up. My Nox was updated last week and i wanted to see what it was like .There was no WIFI or EMI about and the machine was stable . I didn't expect much and the Summer crowds have gone , but if the beach had ripped a bit that might produce some older stuff . From the start i started to find coinage and for the entire "almost" 1.5 miles i found coinage till 2am when i finished to get the Bus home . There were no rings about as i was on the dry and quite high up the beach , though below high tide mark. None of the targets were very deep , at most 6 inches . But the targets were more stable and clearer . By the time i finished the hunt i had found exactly £72.00p in spendable coinage and a few foreign coins and 7 fishing weights . My next hunt will be Saturday night for high tide till 5am when out . I think the Nox is working better but when i put my phone on and searched late in the night i found it still suffers WIFI interference , i turned it off and it cleared . I dont use the boxed headphones but use Gray Ghosts with an adapter plugged into the WM08 . The second picture is the coinage straight out of the finds pouch.
  23. 12 points
    I found this great badge in an old barn
  24. 12 points
    I visited Chisana and Bonanza Creek specifically in the 1990's but my records are pretty thin for this time period. The White's Goldmaster II revolutionized metal detecting in Alaska with its hot 50 kHz circuit. Alaska is not the land of large gold nuggets like Australia. In fact, large nuggets are very rare in Alaska, with the bulk of the gold produced being very fine gold as found by the bucket line dredge fleets in the state. The generally small gold size, and relatively low ground mineralization means hot VLF detectors work well for Alaskan prospecting. The Goldmaster series were the first really successful nugget detectors in Alaska, followed by the Fisher Gold Bug 2. As you can see below, my small nugget finds really took off with the Goldmaster! Every few years I would take the latest, newest model of metal detector to Chisana and find some more gold. Here are a few photos from the 1990's.... Steve with early White's Goldmaster hunting the bench workings at Bonanza Creek Bonanza gold found... And more Bonanza bench gold.... Put it in a pile with the fines and better light.... Steve at Chisana with Minelab XT17000 metal detector To be continued....
  25. 11 points
    Got out this weekend with an old sourdough. Work first (Rye Patch Nugget Shoot) then play after. Found this little booger a few inches deep in the alkali. Hot rocks abound, but the XGB was able to help tremendously. My technique for that is find a hot rock, then slowly sweep the coil over both open ground and the rock. Within a few swings the XGB grabs both samples and that's when I hit the lock button and start swinging. Not foolproof but definitely helps you dig less mineral and more metal. For any younger guys like me, there is no substitute for putting time in with a prospector who knows more than you. The amount you can learn from them eclipses what you will learn on your own, and it is well worth it. Thanks to all on this forum for sharing their knowledge. I don't get out as much as I'd like to so it's nice to bring some gold home every once in a while.