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    Gold Prospecting, metal detecting, geology, maps
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    4 inch gold dredge, GPX 4800, GM1000, Equinox 800, LiDAR maps, various sluices highbankers and pans.

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  1. Fun little outing from a year or two ago. No gold found but the day was cut short by an east coast land mine aka ground bees. I use lidar to discuss my methodology and reasoning for detecting this area. I also discuss what I look for when detecting for gold on the east coast out side of stream channels. you can get a good idea of the challenges faced when detecting for gold on the east coast, (thick leaf mat, organic topsoil increases the depth that a detector has to see through to even reach possible good ground. Vegetation covers everything etc. Hope y’all enjoy. Feed back is always appreciated.
  2. It’s a wildlife management area now. No mineral removal no picking plants not metal detecting no sluicing no panning. Basically only for hunters. Bunch of crap really it’s my tax money and they won’t let you do anything on the dam property that now covers over 8000 acres I believe. Gerry - if you ever coming out VA let me know. My mentor was a relic hunter for 30 years or more in VA and only happened to fall into nugget hunting. Many of the Va civil war battle fields happened on top of or in close proximity to many old gold mines.
  3. My buddy still has them and more. And the east coast generally doesn’t suffer from being picked over with detectors. It takes private property access to get on any old mine site and most people don’t detect out here and if they do you still have hundreds of acres of heavily wooded and brush covered terrain. I think that I’d you picked up the east coast gold belt and changed the climate to something AZ with little vegetation and opened it up with a claim system and not private property you would have lots of gold nuggets being found and new patches be located all the time. But many of these properties haven’t been touched since the 1800s. And very little modern prospecting has taken place including big companies searching for high grade deposits. But some of that is changing.
  4. Here are some of the big chunks found by my mentor back 10 years ago or so with a gpx4500 and later 5000. Biggest chunk in the upper left corner is just shy of 7 ounces. The coin is a quarter. All Va gold.
  5. Alaska detector - like I said with the gpx I’m mainly picking up scraps left behind by my nugget shooting mentor. Weight wise more with the gpx. But my mentor has many ounce nuggets and a 7 ounce one pulled from the locations. the best location is now no longer accessible. It was bought by the state and no detecting is allowed on state property.
  6. Afreakofnature yes I know him. I may see if he would let me borrow it lol. As far as I know so far he has not found any gold with it in Va but COVID killed his year since he is a medical professional.
  7. The pictures are of nuggets I’ve found in VA using the gpx 4800 and the gold monster 1000. The gpx finds were all on hill tops and hillsides at location in and around old gold mines. These locations were found by a good friend of mine back 10 years ago or so. I’m just picking up scraps compared to what they found. The gold monster finds were in creek finds at a property that I mainly dredge. Only a few areas of the creek have produced any gold to detecting. While dredging this creek it produced up to 12 gram nugget so far. I’ve detected all around the hillsides around the creek with the gpx and haven’t found any gold. It’s been frustrating lol. the vast majority of my nugget collection not shown in the pictures has come from dredging. Nugget shooting in VA is more of a winter activity when I get bored lol. I’d love to give a gpz a shot as it may be able to detect small gold deep enough to punch through all the leaf litter organics and topsoil But I can’t drop that kind of money on an unknown
  8. Thanks Gerry! And I must say that I’m following in the footsteps of a good friend now who has had by far the best success of nugget shooting in VA. I’ve learned from him with nugget shooting and his collection puts mine to shame. And I have gotten access to places that he discovered though I’ve so far found one patch of my own lol. I’ll hopefully have some exciting stuff to share in the near future as I may have gained access to an area that has an unmined high grade gold deposit under it. So it may be amazing or may bear nothing lol. Time will tell.
  9. I primarily dredge to find gold in the east. I also metal detect for nuggets but I generally only do that in locations where I have found nuggets while dredging or panning. Nugget shooting is the most frustrating form of prospecting on the east coast. Be prepared to possibly go years with only finding trash. With panning and dredging I can pretty much say that I’ve never been skunked but with detectors it’s quite the opposite. In VA the gpx series reigns supreme so far for pulling out nuggets outside of the creeks. But of 30+ Old mine site detected only 5 have produced actually nugget patches and not random one off finds. In the creeks any of the vlf detectors do well but I’m switching to the equinox 800 as primary now that I sold my monster. most other finds with detectors I hear about on the east coast generally seem to be one off got lucky finds and not actual patches that produce many nuggets. just some good for thought for you. I hope this helps.
  10. With a detector only in Virginia which is unique for detecting gold. Don’t hear much about east coast nugget shooting.
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  12. Hey everyone! I recently managed to get my website launched that is dealing primarily with providing LIDAR to prospectors and detectorists. I will say after taking almost a month to build i appreciated what Steve does here now even more!. The website is directed at LIDAR for prospectors and detectorists, but my eventual goal is for it to be the go to source for prospecting research as well, this is because i am slowly adding to the Document Library that i been building there, and over the coming months i will be adding all the various prospecting and mining related documents that ive found in my research. The overall plan is to make the document library the a one stop place for all gold related documents, that way when a prospector is doing research he doesn't have to scour the web for obscure hard to find articles. After you look at the site please leave feed back here as this is the first website that ive built and it was learning process to say the least! Well here is the link! https://theprospectinggeologist.com/
  13. Hey everyone! Its been a while since i posted last. Recently i did a comparison video of the Proline and Keene full size 4 inch dredges. It think it is a great resource for those looking to buy a dredge in the near future. I go through each component and talk about my reasoning and though process behind why one is preferred over the other. This is definitely not a video for fanboys of either brand lol. The main point of it is to get potential dredge buyers thinking about there intended use of the dredge and how various features on either one may be better for there intended use. Hope yall enjoy and please leave any feed back. Discussions are the reason im here !
  14. Hey everyone, been awhile since i posted last. But here is a video i did that goes through and shows you how to make lidar maps from the available free lidar data, using free programs. Unfortunately the lidar data is not available everywhere and there are certain file types that the free programs cannot work with. But for areas that have good data available, lidar maps are amazing for scoping out an area before ever setting boots on the ground. I am by no means an expert and others on here like Clay Diggins are very knowledgeable on the subject. Here are some previous posts on the subject: January 22, 2014 Light Detection And Ranging (LiDAR) July 12, 2018 Just Discovered Lidar. Amazing Insight Into Old Sites. Feb 22, 2019 https://www.detectorprospector.com/forums/topic/8778-gold-prospecting-with-lidar/ For those who dont want to delve into figuring out how to make the maps, I still make them on request as well. Thanks for watching, hope yall enjoy!
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