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  1. 9 points
    My assistant Jaffa 🤗 He doesn’t wander away at all, always by my side trying to get me to throw a stick. He drops it on my coil while detecting to force me to stop and throw it .
  2. 5 points
    It's tough Norm when they get on. I swore off any new dogs when we had four (three English Bulldogs and a Golden) go over the course of two years, and it just seemed like two years of heartbreak. My English Bulldog Teddy in particular was real hard on me. But my wife and I would come home and it was just way too quiet... no little happy herd at the door. And so back into the land of furry people we went. And never a regret as all the rest have been some of the best. This was probably my best behaved prospecting buddy. Actually my fathers pup back in 1979 but I would "borrow" him for prospecting trips. He was a purebred Golden Retriever registered as Autumn Blaze but we just called him Blaze. A perfect trail dog in bear country. He always went ahead on the trail, but never out of sight. He would stop at turns and such and wait. Just a great guy and like most Golden's a friend to everyone. I liked this photo I took on the trail into my old claims at Stetson Creek, Alaska. Autumn Blaze in the middle of autumn colors.
  3. 5 points
    Mia, the prospecting Dog. To her detecting is just walkies all day long. Relegated to accompanying me here at home on our property since being tagged by a snake in 2017 then 2 weeks later getting smacked again! You wouldn’t know it because she’s so fit and active but age is now catching up so afternoon naps are now the norm, for me anyway if she’ll let me. 🙂 JP
  4. 4 points
    Here is my little guy, his name is Rambo, and if you get on his bad side he'll show you why he's got that name. He maybe small but he is fearless 🙂
  5. 4 points
    yes...they break our hearts in the end, but all we can do is give them the best life possible, and then say "goodbye". then go get another. I'm on my 14th now. God, I pray they'll be waiting for me when I pass. Jim
  6. 4 points
    This is my prospecting dog Dasha, yesterday. After detecting a good spot she often helps by dropping big yellow nuggets in my pan. Now if I could only adjust her discrimination for sticks and tennis balls....
  7. 4 points
    Lila B. McNaughty loves to hang at the claim....protects me from all the chipmunks and squirrels 😄
  8. 3 points
    My best friend Hank, they always leave to soon.....
  9. 3 points
    Miss Elvis as a pup...with playmate😍
  10. 3 points
    and he needed to confirm my address to ship my repaired compadre back to me. I sent in my compadre, I think it was last October, for warranty work. Then, two days later I read that they had laid off all their employees. Hadn't heard a thing since and wasn't overly distraught since I hardly ever use the compadre and I had a new equinox. But, out of the blue yesterday Vince calls and says he put a new disc pot and a new coil on my compadre and is sending it home. So if anyone else here had shipped one for warranty work and thought they might never get it back because the company went under there's still hope. It seems he's still working on making good on all the warranty claims as long as they were made before they decided to call it quits. I'm actually now looking forward to getting that little compadre back! I never did use it a whole lot, but it has found me two gold rings.
  11. 3 points
    Yeah...I have to be careful where I take Heidi, too. Last fall i wanted to prospect a particular canyon and ran into signs warning of potentially lethal traps in the area. They were trapping wolves, and the rancher told me the traps were non-lethal, but even a leghold for a wolf would probably break Heidi's leg, so I went elsewhere. I also try to never take her into snake country when the snakes are active. She's had the rattlesnake shots every year, but I'd rather not risk it. Limits where i can go, but not a big deal. I can't imagine a piece of gold big enough I'd risk Heidi to have it. Jim
  12. 3 points
    Billy The Kid, my current prospecting dog, where it is safe to take him.
  13. 3 points
    Good positive fun, showcasing the wacked downunder sense of humour, usually caused by too much exposure to sunlight and/or XXXX, homebrew or whatever.
  14. 2 points
    Hi Jin, The original mention in this post of this leaf being used for toilet paper was from the plant that grows in the old sluiced working that Simon & I were detecting. The plants were planted & used for toilet paper by the gold rush day Chinese miners. As was tobacco plants. And many different plum trees that are still producing fruit today. Also the bloody briar rose bushes that are just a menace weed plant today that the Chinese planted & used to make rose hip tea to drink for its vitamin C properties. Wilding thyme is also another massive invasive weed now. Although not in these old workings. Good luck out there JW 🤠
  15. 2 points
    How many of you have a non-human prospecting or detecting buddy? Dog, cat, burro, reconnaissance bird... whatever. Post a pic and tell us about them. Here is chance to brag about our best friends!
  16. 2 points
    That will keep your coil low and slow.
  17. 2 points
    Wonderful thread Mr Herschbach! My best partner just got too old. I Don't think there will ever be another like him so I haven't replaced him. As the old poem goes "I'd given my heart for a dog to tear". I hope Strick and Sourdough Scott weigh in. They each have outstanding four legged partners.
  18. 2 points
    Steve, the figure 8 coil has recently been made here in Australia and one was sent to Detech in Bulgaria where interest has been shown in producing it . Howard Rockey, the builder of the QED has one. It is incredibly light and has great coverage and surprising depth. The part that interests me is that it performs well on the QED, and makes for an even lighter QED set up. This combination blitzes the SDC in tests that I have seen.
  19. 2 points
    Not really, the SDC is more than just a smaller coil. It’s a whole detector suitable for a whole different range of detecting scenarios. I think it was marketed for its compactness, waterproofing, maybe it’s weight not just its coil size. One thing I have proved to myself now over and over is the SDC compliments the Z remarkably, and not just for coil size. As an SDC owner I won’t be needing a smaller vodka jobbie for my Z, but if I didn’t already have an SDC I’d sure as heck be investigating one. Also I can’t see Z owners wanting a smaller coil buying an SDC to fill that gap especially now that the Russians have arrived. But then with the reluctance to cut the umbilical, maybe some will.
  20. 2 points
    Madtuna: what the hell is the bait for? So sorry for your losses🙁 Steve: oh yeah, it’s so tough when their time is up...took me a year and a half to get over putting my beloved toy poodle down when she had endstage cancer. But then saw Lila at the humane society and she filled the void😊
  21. 2 points
    Hey Guys, Hopefully I didn't get anyone too fired up about the use of a smaller coil on the GPZ. I think there would be some benefit to a smaller coil, especially if Minelab brought it out. The biggest issue I have is the modification to use a aftermarket coil on the GPZ right now. Many can't justify toasting a $8,000 metal detector, which we know has already happened. That being said, I have found extremely small gold, down to under a grain (480 grains to 1 Troy ounce) with the 14x13. I'm sure I'm missing smaller gold in spots. However, personally I don't have weeks on end to spend going back over the same locations to squeak out another dink or two. Like I mentioned before, you can play this game a handfuls of times ..... I could go hunt an areas with the GPZ and get maybe 95% of the detectable gold with the 14x13. I could then return again with a smaller coil, lets say a small X-coil and get another 1-2% of the gold missed that was smaller. I could then get a high end VLF like the Gold Monster 1000 and go back and get a few more really tiny nuggets for another 1-2%. I could then even spend an entire day drywashing/vac pacing the area down to bedrock and find that last 1% of the gold (fines, pickers and maybe another dink or so). The effort, for me at least, to worry about that last 5% of gold that could require several more days worth of hunting, I would rather use those 2-3 days searching for a new spot or patch. This is just my hunting style, since I might be much more limited on free time than others that prospecting part-time or full-time. Below is some smaller gold I found awhile back, before the heat made it here. A few of the nuggets are right at 1 grain, so I know I can find them on bedrock or maybe down an inch or so. Jasong - I do not own any claims on Rich Hill or any Leases. I believe I know where you are talking about and I do know friends that have areas back there. I have worked with different groups over the years. In the Winter seasons I spend a lot of time exploring the back country of Arizona on a quad. Take care,
  22. 2 points
    Like it but I`ve used my quota, afternoon naps and if you age like seems to be the norm, off to sleep with the chooks but up at 2 annoying the Missus, dogs and even the chooks.
  23. 2 points
    Just a longshot WAG: was your home once heated by coal? Mark Gillespie, a regular poster here, has told of a schoolyard where he can only hunt with a Pulse Induction (PI) type of detector because in the past the waste from coal burning (known as 'coke', I believe in Britain, and what we used to call 'cinders' when I was growing up) was spread there. Chase's suggestion to try your detector in a local park should remedy the problem you're having if I happen to have hit on its source.
  24. 2 points
    Also recently we got another dog, so he is now in training. He is a king shepard border collie mix and is only 5 months old and 50 lbs, full grown he i will be around 110 to 120 lbs. So needless to say he is going to get a pack and carry stuff for me and ward off bears and other wild animals lol.
  25. 2 points
    Yep Jax the gold dog, he is my overwatch when my head is in the water.
  26. 2 points
    First of all, thanks for taking the time to fill in some of these details. Unless your machine is broken (unlikely, but still a possibility at this point), I think we can help you but we will still need some more info. I gather from your response regarding your brief Bounty Hunter pipe locating experience that you have very little general experience metal detecting for discrete, small in-ground targets. Lack of basic metal detecting skills can be somewhat at play here. That can affect your expectations and I think that may be also affecting how you are setting up the Equinox and interpreting the Equinox signals and can be causing difficulties in communicating the issues you are experiencing. I also don’t doubt your local conditions are contributing to your issues. So I will have to ask you some more questions to attempt to figure out what is going on. For example, need some more clarity from the above quote - dug down and what? Were you able to recover any targets? If so, what were they? Were the strong signals two ways (I.e., equally strong when swinging right to left and as well as left to right?). Full reset was a good first step. What mode/settings did you PRIMARILY use after you reset the machine? What exactly did you set “manually”. I usually advise not making any manual settings adjustments on the Equinox when starting out (other than auto noise cancel and ground balance if needed), and use Park 1 at the default settings and learn the machine with that mode exclusively. The reason is that each mode (Park 1, Park 2, Field 1, Field 2, Beach 1/2, Gold) behaves differently and if you are new to Equinox and especially metal detecting, you can become quickly overwhelmed switching modes because it can be like you are learning 3 or 4 new machines at once, not one. And believe me, you don’t want to be learning more than one machine while also learning how to metal detect. You can take it one step further and just hunt in single frequency (10 or 15 kHz) as Steve suggested to take even more complexity out of the equation until Equinox starts to click for you. If you have adjusted settings away from the defaults, suggest you factory reset and start again with a clean slate and use my suggestions above on the mode and frequency settings. Make sure you are using the default discrimination settings to filter out iron and ground noise. Mode? What did the display numbers read for each target? Have you tried any other locations. Local parks or other large farm fields? BTW, veteran metal detectorists typically need 100 hours swinging a machine in the field before they feel comfortable about what the machine is telling them about buried trash and keeper targets. What have you found? You should sample some trash test targets in addition to coins to help you differentiate trash and keepers and so you can see how they display and sound. Doubt brick pieces would cause your issues. What makes you think bricks are in the ground? Have you dug any bricks? Did you run the coil over recovered bricks to see if the detector responds to them? Any Overhead power lines in the area, electric fences, invisible dog fences, noisy power transformer? Yes, sorry for using the acronym. VDI stands for visual display indication. What numbers were being displayed when these 100’s of signals were being heard? You may also hear the similar term TID which stands for target ID. Every target gives a fairly unique ID number. Knowing what ID numbers are displaying on your 100’s of target signals in your yard can help us decipher what those might be. High conductors like copper, silver, and clad coins will ring up in the 20’s and 30’s. Some larger aluminum objects like beer cans can ring up here, too. Mid conductors like nickels, small aluminum, brass, and gold jewelry will ring up in the low teens or single digits. And iron targets (unless large targets like pipes and horseshoes) will ring up as negative numbers. From what you are describing, your problem sounds different than Bethany’s soil issues which are primarily affecting detectable target depth, but they could be related. See if you can fill in the above gaps and hopefully we can get this machine clicking for you.
  27. 1 point
    KiwiJW, Mrs JW and I went on a bit of an unusual mission over the weekend. The NZ Minelab dealer contacted me last week saying he has a mission should I choose to accept it, He knew someone who bought a nice house with a gold mine as it's backyard, she wanted to know if there was still gold to be found on it as she would buy a detector for a bit of fun. She wasn't overly serious about making anything out of it, just liked the idea of knowing if gold was there as it would be a novelty to send visitors out with a detector. She said we could keep anything we find if we managed to find anything, I was hoping for an old Chinese coin. JW had been to the area before although I don't think he had great success but with this being a private property gold mine that was quite well hidden perhaps nobody had hit it before. Not to mention it was completely covered in scrub, over the past two years since buying it she had been clearing it only leaving the good stuff, amazing job for one very determined woman. The Chinese miners planted out a range of plum trees, tobacco plants, briar rose for their tea and who knows what else. They also planted these cool little plants they used for toilet paper, it's a shame I didn't get a photo of one. Nice big soft thick cushy furry leaves, probably better than real toilet paper. It was tempting to test some out. John brought his Caravan along, all the comforts of home We were able to park it up right next to the Gold mine. Coffees ready to roll. The mine was huge, daunting to work out where to start so I relied more on JW as he has much more of an idea about this sort of thing, so we jumped on our VLF's, JW on his Monster and me on the Nox. I left the 11" coil on to give me more ground coverage in such a massive area. JW manned up and used the 5" GM coil, not daunted at all 🙂 It just keep going and going and going, imagine having that as your backyard. I'd love it. We tried and tried to find gold, but nothing.... JW found an old penny, but promptly lost it again It was old sluiced workings and there was still a lot of the old equipment laying around, pipes and bits of the sluice gun. The main part of the gun looked to be a feature in her town now. We went for dinner at the local pub that night with the lady that owns the mine and her neighbours who were very interested in trying to find gold. Mrs JW fired up the Jukebox, in turn JW shook his booty to the tunes which the entire pub couldn't help but notice much to my and Mr's JW's amusement. When it was time to leave we went up and paid the bill and the publican asked where we were from and turns out he lived near me for 30 or so years and moved up to that area to run a trommel and a couple of diggers. He did quite well but messed up with paperwork so had to end the mining so he bought the pub instead. He informed us the area only had tiny flour gold so our detectors were useless. JW already suspected this. I really thought we'd get something so armed with our new information JW decided it's time to go back to basics to avoid a skunk. She had a pond with a cool little hut in the gold mine too, turns out the hut also came from my town, she got it delivered. Very weird set of circumstances. JW tried a few pans, no luck, then he tried out some of the dirt rabbits left after digging their holes, and what do you know, he got gold! He got 1 tiny little flake 🙂 The water was near freezing! He tackled another pan of rabbit hole soil and got another couple of bits then handed over the pan to me, I got 5 bits on my first pan of rabbit dirt, then another few bits on my second pan, including a big one.......... for this location. We called it quits and did a tour of the local area and it's mining history and found this old mini bucket dredge. Then a snow storm started to kick in so we made our way home, weekend over.... an enjoyable experience and I learnt quite a bit.
  28. 1 point
    Im hearing you. My family thinks ive gone mad. Especially after each trip where i dont find gold and say im selling my gear. But a day later im on the forums and doing more research frothing at the mouth ready for the next trip.
  29. 1 point
    Hi Andyy, Don't worry about ruffling feathers, that's in the equation. I have no doubt the SDC is fantastic at what it does - I am saying it seems silly to buy a whole other detector if one had the choice of that, or buying a smaller coil for the GPZ, that's all...
  30. 1 point
    Hey Flak, please don't get me wrong. I agree in part with you and hope I did not ruffle your feathers. My main opinion on this is that the SDC and GPZ are an unbeatable combo. Like everyone else, I would just like to know how much closer the 10" coil gets us to the SDC. I have seen what an SDC can do, for sure. I do believe the ZED technology would beat the SDC if there were an 8" coil. But 10" Xcoil on a ZED, I am not sure. I just want to get closer. And quality is a great concern of mine, as well. I just hope that when the one Russian carved everything out and wrapped the wire for my 10" Xcoil, that he was having a good day. The point about .. why pay a lot of money to get smaller and smaller gold? is definitely valid. The small coil is expensive and will take a while to pay off. I have been out twice and still would need about 9 more trips to come close. (at my current rate) But since when are we into prospecting for the money? My goal is only to more often have a glimmer of gold in my hands to show my family... maybe with the hope that I look a little less crazy at the end of the day. Andyy
  31. 1 point
    The dimness of the coil LED had no consequence cause the coil took s full charge and shows full on the remote. A bit odd they don’t give charging instructions with the coil- just so you know if you’re doing it correctly
  32. 1 point
    I like other people dogs. If i had a choice of owning one it would be a GOLDEN RETRIEVER if it lived up to it name sake Steve.
  33. 1 point
    This was my new pup also called Elvis. I didn't want a new mate because of the risk of baits, but everybody else said I needed a new dog. I got back home a couple of weeks ago to find this little fella waiting for me. He was very hard not to fall in love with in the short week I had him. Unfortuately he took a bait and I had to shoot him too. We don't bait anywhere near the homestead and all I can think of is maybe one fell out of the bags when the baits were delivered and he found it. The bait truck driver was the fella who delivered the pup. Not a good idea bringing a dog out here.
  34. 1 point
    This is Elvis. She was the best mate I ever had. Broke my heart when I had to shoot her after she got bit by a dirty big Mulga snake. Was the hardest bullet I've ever fired.
  35. 1 point
    Well Andyy, that may be true but it doesn't change the fact that, in essence, the SDC becomes a 3700 dollar smaller coil. That's an extravagance most of us cannot afford.
  36. 1 point
    To this day I have never, despite very heavy lobbying efforts, been able to get anyone to recreate the Jim Karbowski Bigfoot coil. 3” x 18” figure 8 winding, highly EMI resistant and perhaps the best park and field jewelry coil ever made when paired with a DFX or V3i. Used ones over a decade later sell for twice what they did new. I keep a V3i for no other reason than that it will run a Bigfoot. But despite the fact they often sell for over $500 used nobody will make them. Why? Tedious hand built coils, every one a work of art. Nothing wrong with hand made at all as long as the maker takes care and has pride in the work.
  37. 1 point
    A western grey kangaroo, not a dog but I have no doubt she`d follow me about out there. She was one the Missus (Wildlife Carer) raised from a joey, but unfortunately because of her head injury that killed her Mum she could not be released into the wild as most are.
  38. 1 point
    Yup...Heidi, the rabbit dog. Wouldn't know what to do without her.
  39. 1 point
    You really need to get to the Golden Triangle Phrunt, lately it has been a max in the single digits & showers, terrible detecting weather. Only good thing about those mystery meat pies is warming your hands with them.
  40. 1 point
    Yeah, the run flat routine your thinking of Horst was for nicad batteries. Its actually the opposite for lithium batteries and you want to not run them down completely if you don't have too. (Thanks Chase, I missed that he was doing that)
  41. 1 point
    Dogs ARE human Steve. We should all strive to me be as DOG as possible. They love unequivocally, they forgive and they always try and enjoy every moment. JP My detecting buddy Mia, look at that smile. 🙂
  42. 1 point
    The dirty secret for a long time in metal detector land is the variance in coil performance. I visited the Whites factory once. Basically all their coils and other manufacturer coils were hand built and most still are. Machines set up most of the components, but somebody has to lay the windings into the slots as seen in the photos above. There usually is a large amount of tuning via a few components in the coil to offset the inevitable variances in positioning, wire resistance... whatever. The coil can be perfect before the epoxy gets poured, then the epoxy hardens and shifts the winding slightly... coil out of tune again. The coil is assembled and tested multiple times and then one final check. If if falls within an acceptable range the coil ships. If the coil fails for some reason, it simply goes in a discard bin. The discard bin at Whites at that time had a lot of coils. Assembling them is as much art as science and the failure rate is/was pretty high though I have no statistics. And no way to fix economically after the fact, so rather than do that it was better to just make another one. The problem then is the ones that ship. They do vary, and nobody knows by how much since no manufacturer wants to say. I do know that nearly all the out of box failures I saw as a dealer were new coils that were dead on arrival, so that means some do slip though that are completely dead. That also means many must slip though that work but are substandard. To make it worse on a lot of older machines in particular each machine and coil are tuned to work as a matched set. How many people know that a Gold Bug 2 is tuned for the coil it ships with, and every time you change the coil you probably now have a slight mismatch? I have sent GB2 detectors back to Fisher just to have them tuned for a new coil. Fisher probably would prefer I did not post that! I have always wondered how many people out there think Machine XYZ that everyone else likes sucks simply because they got a substandard coil on theirs. I would think a major company like Minelab tries to make coils 100% by machine with almost no variance, but I honestly have no idea if that’s possible. Can a factory production line pop out coils with no human involved? I would love to know but I doubt it. Looking at the X Coil I would say that each one is an individual work of art, with no two exactly the same. I’m not saying that in a bad way... it’s been like that more than people realize since day one with coils. Right now though probably more so with the X coil than most. Each one is basically a custom made coil. Variance is inevitable. How much? Well if you ever get a bad coil that’s the answer. A lot of variance between good and dead on arrival. Check out this video around the 4:00 minute mark and notice how many times one coil gets tuned. All you need is a worker bee with a hangover or a fight with their spouse on their mind and.... And here is another, also start at 4:00 mark...
  43. 1 point
    Steve’s Mining & Metal Detecting Journal Hi Josh and welcome to the forum. I don’t keep a diary in general, just notes when I am on trips. I have a pile of little notebooks... whatever was handy at the time. Sometimes it’s just notes on a piece of paper. It does not take much. When I got started at all this as a teenager I got in the habit of keeping a tiny notebook and making simple daily notes. Just reminders of key events of the day, note about weather, whatever. In some cases I would get more detailed in geology observations about where I was finding gold. I also have been a photography bug since early on, and simply taking lots of photos can be a trip journal. I normally did both and sure regret the times I did not. There are entire trips I know I made to Chisana but basically I don’t remember them at all since I took no notes or photos. That was revealed to me when I wrote up this thread. There was never a huge plan behind it all but in retrospect it is one of the best things I ever did. Forty years later what do we really have anyway? It’s either memories or nothing. Those notes and photos are far more valuable to me now than any gold I ever found. Sharing them on the internet is a way of insuring they get out there for posterity. Long after I am gone the stories will be archived on a server somewhere. These days it’s even easier. A cell phone can both take the photos and the daily notes, and that’s just what I did on my U.K. trip last fall I really encourage everyone to record any special events via a journal and photos. You will thank yourself years later and regret it if you don’t.
  44. 1 point
    A story has surfaced about a meteorite found about 4 years ago in Maryborough. https://10daily.com.au/news/australia/a190716bcjmr/man-hunting-for-gold-finds-four-billion-year-old-meteorite-instead-20190717
  45. 1 point
    If the magnets are weakening rub a strong magnet over them in one direction multiple times, it will fix them up. Maybe if you have a rare earth magnet on your pick if you prospect for gold. I do it all the time to screw drivers. I rub a magnet out of an old dead computer hard drive over them to magnetize them so I don't lose the tiny little screws when repairing laptops.
  46. 1 point
    This is likely the problem. Did you try the second cable?
  47. 1 point
    But why would someone with a GPZ want to pay $3750 for essentially a smaller coil? I guess that's considered "good business" but I don't necessarily agree.
  48. 1 point
    Hi Rick In most detector coils there is a conductive coat of black paint that forms a Faraday shield between the coil and the ground to reduce electric capacitance effects. Is there some kind of shield that is not shown in this photo? I don’t see a shield in the Minelab photo either. Perhaps it is not needed in the GPZ 7000 Zero Voltage Transmission (ZVT) design? Thank you for this interesting photo and have a good day, Chet
  49. 1 point
    Pam, you didn't say where you were hunting, turf, beach or what. Here is my advice. Pick a program that you like the way the audio sounds. Lower the disc to -30. Nothing notched. Put it in 3 frequency correlate mode. Set the Correlate setting to somewhere between 5 and 10 points. The default is 20 points and that is too big....10 is good, try for 8. 8 will give more trash rejection. And then just dig whatever gives a good repeatable response. You should be able to cover ground and get your coil over more likely ring targets and skip a lot of trash. Remember that Correlate is comparing the two strongest reporting frequencies. Due to the nature of the frequency selection, one of those frequencies will always be 7.5 kHz. It is easy to correlate high conductors because 2.5 kHz is close to 7.5 kHz, however.... For low conductors, there is a greater span between 22.5 kHz and 7.5 kHz. This means its harder to correlate targets between these two frequencies. So when you use fewer correlate points it removes a lot of low conductive trash. Rings conduct a lot better than most low conductive trash so you can keep most rings responding in a narrower correlated window. Bottom line is that you cover more ground and are only hearing and digging signals that have better chances of being a ring. Hope that that helps, Good luck, Mike
  50. 1 point
    Rye Patch is not "all claimed up". Very few areas are ever "all claimed up". It's a lot of research work to find them but just about every good mineralized area has spots open to prospecting and location. Rail Dawg has done the research process at Rye Patch and located several nice claims. Land status research has been an important part of prospecting for thousands of years. It's a basic prospector's skill that thousands of people in the U.S. make their livelihood from. Those prospectors are usually formed into groups of three or four people and they are known in the industry as either Junior mining companies or Junior Exploration companies. They are an integral part of the world mining industry. Prospecting isn't just about beeping up a few nuggets. It can be, and often is, the ticket for the little guy to make real money while learning about a mineralized area. Don't get discouraged by the volume of claims in a popular easily accessed area. There will be unclaimed areas, often in very surprising places that everyone will tell you are "all claimed up".
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