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  1. Spent my last good detecting trip with friends for 4 days before driving out to Rye Patch proper and proceeded to give a gold detector class to 12 lucky folks. This will be my last trip down there for 2022 and I wanted to give an update and share some finds. 1st things was good to see Lundy parked at an old patch scuffing up with few nuggies. He sure talks highly of the 10" Ellip GOLD-HAWK coin on the end of his GPX-6000 and even showed me the proof. He's a pretty good hunter ol Lundy, so please don't expect to get same results as he. I think he had at least a half dozen nuggies sitting on it tailgate. Now is our turn. With the weather turning cold on us we had to bundle up pretty well, but it was the winds that was most annoying. Headphones were a must and you still needed a hat over those just to cut out the whistling from the headphone frames. Guess what I found out during this. Those earbud around the neck things Doc sells sure make a difference on hearing but not so much on keeping the ears warm. We woke up to 2 days of fresh snow early in the week and decided not to drive very far off the main roads. It was voted on and accepted that we stay in phone range and so we hunted for old coins/relics/do-dads. I enjoy these kinds of multi hunt trips and NNV is such a perfect area to do so as there are many towns, camps, stops along the highway and also a few small picker nugget patches not that far from there as well. 1st site produced 2 coins and a couple tokens. My brother banged the 1st one an 1909-S Barber dime and then backed that up with an 1884 IH cent. Pic of the dime. I had not even got on the board yet and little brother is making me feel old. Funny how things come full circle in life. At once I was the top dog detectorist of us two and it seems the last few yrs, he’s been outdoing me. Anyway. I sniffed out an interesting oblong piece of brass and can read “2 for 25 Cent on it. Not sure what it is as there is no name to associate. I did score two tokens and think one of them could be a collectors piece. The DEWY BAR of Salt Lake City UT, Good for 5 cent (below) The other one STEVENS & JOHNSON from National NEV from the Ice Palace SALOON for 12 ½ cents. (see below) I actually enjoy tokens more than coins as they have more history behind them. Then I stumbled across a really interesting coin, a US 2 Cent Copper dated 1876. That was my highlight coin for the trip, heck actually my best for the year. My brother managed a V nickel and an 1887 Seated Dime as well. One of the most unique digs was a ramrod guide from an 1800’s rifle. My big silver of the trip was a 1920 Walking Half Dollar just a scuff under the dirt. Not sure how this was missed by so many people as the site gets detected all the time. An interesting pic for you all to figure out what that cement looking thing is. Funny I have seen them before but never up close. Anyone know? Now lets get to the gold the stuff this forum is best at. One day of no rain/snow we drove out to Sawtooth and 3 of us hunted over half the day. 2 small dinks with the 6000 is all we were able to round up mostly because of trying to find a new patch. We know when looking for new gold areas, the chances of success go down drastically. But thats' also how you can stumble across a new site. After that, we boogied back to camp at Rye Patch proper. We had 30 minutes of light and so why not. I grab a detector and 4 targets later I have 3 dinks stuck under my lip. Man it’s funny how camp and the burn barrel just keep on giving. Problem is they just get smaller and smaller each year. Many people always say, "never leave gold to find gold". That's exactly how this day went. 2/3rd a day for 2 small pickers and 30 minutes at a known site for 3 dinks (pic below). The 3 on the coin came from Rye Patch proper. The class had a fantastic group of hard core wannabees. Even with the weather in the 30’s these troopers just kept on absorbing knowledge from staff and I. Gold started to get found on Saturday and by Sunday most students actually had great focus and nuggets were starting to pop. I think be the time it was all said and done, we ended up with a dozen pieces of gold and 5 or 6 smiling faces. It just amazes me how fast most folks can dial in their detectors/skills when around a few Field Experts for a few days. That’s exactly why we offer what we do. Below 3 pics is a customer from CA and his 1st Rye Patch, NV gold with his GPZ-7000 and small X coil. A customer from Idaho using an SDC-2300 found a picker and then after class scooped up 3 or 4 more. ( I guess the class did him well.) see his 2 pics below. Another CA guy with his GPX-6000 and the GOLDHAWK Coil. He was the gold hawg of the trip as I think his total ended up at half a dozen. Below 4 he found while I was there. Lunk was able to share his knowledge with the group before heading south to warm weather land. He grabbed an Axiom just to show it around and in the few minutes of swinging he does what Lunk does best. (below pic) I’m sure Lunk is down there in AZ right now charting his next desert hunt and ready to count his gold. One of the things we’ll offer our customers this winter is to get up with Lunk for a 1 day 1 on 1. In times past we have not really shared this as it’s time for Lunk to find gold or meteorites to help him get through the winter. Because we have a good number of folks who want to do training in AZ during the winter and they don’t click well in large groups, we decided to offer the 1 on 1 or 1 with a couple option. Lunk will be offering 2 types of training days. 1 for finding gold with your detector and the other for finding meteorites with your detector. Contact me for more details and we’ll go from there. That's it this year for Rye Patch, NV and possibly even here in Idaho as we still have snow on the ground from a week ago. I'll be updating my website Calendar of Events for 2023 after the 1st week of Jan. In the mean time, check out a few new videos on my website www.gerrysdetectors.com and then click on Videos. Time to start selling the Axiom and getting ready for a warm weather hunt. Keep in low and swing it slow...the detector you goof.😉 Gerry
  2. Australia gets all the glory and headlines for big gold and well earned. But what about our fine "Silver State" (yes Nevada is called the silver state), do we have big gold? My personal best solid nugget is 3/4 ozt so nothing compared to others I've seen. Now you want to talk about some of my friends and or customers finds and they go up into the multi ounces. 6 oz in the middle. Nevada is also known for some really good specimen gold. My PB is this about a 1 pounder (a mouthful). I've seen some whoppers much better and better though. Below is a boulder of 80 pound. And they were deep too. Found using either a 20" or a 25" coil, I can't remember. There has also been a few really nice patches found by my guys and I was lucky enough to get a few pics. Would enjoy seeing others pics and or stories.
  3. Choose from list is obvious, choose from map allows you to download for offline use, doesn't just open up a map view as you'd expect, very cool. https://forgottennevada.org/sites/index.html
  4. Just getting caught up and returning from Rye Patch NV and the 3 Days Field Training class my Staff/I offered. Even though I stress to folks that finding gold is not the most important part of the class. The 3 days with my Field Staff/I is really all about knowledge and how much of it you can retain. But the feeling of a rattler in the bottle makes for a better ride home. With the drier soil conditions and the majority of customers using the newest technology detectors, we were able to have a very high gold nugget count. In fact, this is one of the most Successful 3 days trips I have held in the last 5 or 6 yrs. Approx 40 nuggets were recovered by the group as a whole. Yes we had and always do have a few who did not go home with a nugget. As I feel, that’s really not as important as going home with detector knowledge. Part of the training is to compare undug targets with the different detectors in the class so we all get to see, hear and learn from those rare opportunities. When you get to swing your own detector over the spot and hopefully hear the signal, you start the process of building confidence in your detector and your coil control to get optimum signal response. On occasion we find some model of detectors do not do as well as others and that is knowledge gained, even though sometimes hard to swallow. The best wow target was approx. 10” depth and found with a GPX-6000. From the surface none of the VLF’s could hear it, the GPX-5000 did not, as well as the GPZ-7000’s. After 2” removed, the GPZ still had issues. 2 more inches removed and the ZED gave a dirty signal (kind of like a small piece of wire), but the 6000 was just simple loud and clear. At about 6” depth the VLF heard it but their target ID read IRON. (realize every detector on the market has a max depth of proper ID before the system is unreliable). Finally at 8” the NOX had proper ID of a non ferrous target and we were all getting excited expecting the customer to score his 1st Rye Patch nugget. Well you know gold hunting, it turned lead. The most nuggets recovered were by 2 of the repeat customers. One of them has been on top of the technology change and realizes the importance of hunting the old sites with the newest machines for best chance of success. He shed the weight of the GPZ-7000 to shine with the new lighter GPX-6000 and his efforts were golden. The other (his hunting buddy) stepped up from an SDC-2300 to the 6000 and this was his best trip to RP ever. Just goes to show those old patches can still produce nuggets if you have the new GPX-6000 in your hands. We had 2 hard chargers in the class (GPX-5000 and a GPZ-7000) that went home with plenty of knowledge and education, but did not find a NV nugget. I’m not saying those models of detectors are no good, but just realize this is Rye Patch, the same area hunted with every PI since the early 90’s. The good thing for these customers of those models, my staff/I were able to shine light on when we’d be using some of the features/capabilities of those model of detectors. The GPX-5000 has IRON ID capabilities for trash areas and the GPZ-7000 can find the biggest of gold at near 4’ depth. The dangers of Rye Patch are still there. 4 flat tires that I am aware of, 1 dead battery on a truck and a caved in tent from the high winds. The snakes are out and the Mormon crickets were on the move. If you are going to go. I highly recommend for those who are not familiar with Rye Patch to check in at Gold Digger Saloon. Danny, the owner has some of the better ground (claims) that have not been hunted as hard as the surrounding area. I think he charges $20 or $25 for a day which is pretty reasonable. The best part is you get a map so you know where you are and not on any others persons claim. If you enjoy Pizza, they absolutely have the best pizza and coldest beer around. Summery of the weekend. Older model detectors don’t stand much of a chance when compared to the new. Still a few nuggets left, but they are getting smaller and fewer. Even if you have a new detector, if you don’t know what you are doing, the deck is stack against you at Rye Patch. The lake is gone…it dried up. One of my Staff said it best. Cell phone = detector. Who owns a 10 yr old cell phone and goes to Rye Patch and expects to find gold. Pics are of my customers and some of the Rye Patch gold success/smiles shared.
  5. https://minerals.nv.gov/uploadedFiles/mineralsnvgov/content/Programs/Mining/MiningForms/MM2020_p032_text.pdf 28 page pdf Nevada mine address contact directory 2021 https://dir.nv.gov/uploadedFiles/dirnvgov/content/News/2021 Mine Directory complete.pdf
  6. Had a great time metal detecting for gold nuggets with Steve Herschbach and Steve Freeman (Condor) over the weekend of April 8-10th. We camped out for 2 nights and for the most part the weather was great. Sunday morning was in the teens. But we packed up and got out early due to some mechanical issues with Steve (Condor)'s truck. I can't thank them enough for the great time and conversations. They are both a wealth of knowledge and experience. I had a truck load of metal detectors packed with me which included the the GPX 5000, Equinox, Deus 1, Deus 2 and Legend. But got a surprise when Steve Herschbach insisted I use his GPX 6000 to ensure I would find gold. So he used the 7000 and Steve Freeman and I used 6000's most of the time. We all found gold and that made the trip even more enjoyable. But honestly I could have found nothing and been perfectly content just getting out with them. Over the course of the 2 days I found 13 nuggets ranging from 1 gram down to pinhead sized nuggets, total of 3.2 grams. Some of you are going to laugh, but that's the most gold I've ever found in a weekend. I did some gold hunting 15 years ago in Lost Basin AZ when we had property down there and I could walk across the street and pick up a nugget here and there. And more recently using the Deus 1 with the HF coils to snag a small nugget here and there in Gold and Lost Basin. So most of my experience has been with AZ. I would assume the success I saw this weekend can be attributed the detector used, location and expert advice. So I thank you again Steve and Steve. Below are some pictures of the gold I found and a video (Day 1) if your interested in watching, I'll post day 2 video later. Hopefully Steve and Steve will chime in with some thoughts and pictures of their nuggets.
  7. Having moved to Northern Nevada, I’ve gotten use to a chilly Winter temperatures. I will say, I enjoy the Chill vs Heat any day! This year we had the wettest December ever in Reno and then January the driest on record. About mid January a Buddy dropped me a message to hit a spot he just had some luck at in the Rye Patch area. Thinking I’m a smart prospector Robin and I, scheduled new floors to be installed that week, plus Robin’s Birthday is at the end of January! Well the floors look great in the House and 4 days to celebrate Robin’s Birthday left me the last day in January to make the hunt happen. I arrived to our hunting area at a Balmy 41 degrees at 10 Am. Met up with prospecting Buddy Larry and he showed me the spot of his 7 nugget patch. He pointed to a spot 1/4 mile away that he got 3 nuggets at late last year. That’s all the info I need and started the grind to establish a patch or run of nuggets to a new patch. Didn’t take long as we both scored color. We ended the first day with some nice nuggets with Larry scoring a 2.8 dwt’er. Next morning at 19 degrees we hit it again. I scored 4 more and Larry got 2 more nuggets before we called it with no glory patch at both ends of the 1/4 mile run of nuggets. It’s a large area and we’ve found gold close by. So this hunt will continue…but there are so many other spots to find gold at! Until the next Hunt. LuckyLundy
  8. First off I hope everyone has a Happy New Year and 2022 is full of outdoor detecting adventures that exceed your wildest expectations. I personnaly can't get out enough and when I do frankly a loser day is a winner for me.....of course a few nuggets will make it even better! I'm tossing out to the readers a location I found about a year ago. It's very unmentioned on the web and pretty much anywhere. The townsite of Saint Marys outside of Imlay NV. It's on the banks of the Humboldt River. Only one stone foundation still around. This location is commemorated with a trail marker on the California Emigrant Trail. When detecting I found and unbelievable cache of boot tacks. A saucer, square nail and a small intact perfume bottle. I was using my now in mothballs Whites DFX 300. I can't blame the equipment I'm new to detecting. I plan to go back with my Gold Bug and see if I can find more than boot tacks. The reason I'm posting this is.....does anyone have any information about this townsite? Have a safe New Years to all.
  9. Well my staff/I just finished the season and wrap up of field training for 2021 and our customers...and boy did it go out with a bang and big belly's thanks to Chef Rusty Bucket. Smoked ribs, Bourbon shrimp in garlic sauce, berry pie and ice cream, smoked Brisket, bacon wrapped stuffed jalapenos and more. Wish I would have taken more pics of the food. As I have said before, the food/drinks/people are part of why I enjoy these trips, as I know the gold will eventually come. As many know, Gerry’s Detectors has been training out there at the burn barrel with a few different staff members since the 90’s. We have been using just about every model of gold detector from the top manufactures as well as coils to see what the best results are. The comparisons of customers detectors continue to see the improvements of technologies and capabilities which is what we want. Yes there are times a more expensive detector may not produce the best signal response on that particular targets, but it’s what it is and part of learning. Some of what we found most amazing and it’s exactly what I expected would happen during the training at RP. The gold nuggets being found during the 3 days of class was the most of any session in at least 5+ yrs. More people went home with actual Rye Patch gold than what my staff/I have witnessed in quite a long time. The knowledge shared was the same stuff we always go over, but the knowledge retained was higher. The class size is usually around the same, but the amount of golden smiles of success was better than many yrs prior. We know the VLF detectors when fit with small coils are going to find a few pickers, but to see the bigger PI machines perform so well and produce such higher %’s of beautiful NV gold was most impressive. So lets go over it again to see what my Staff/I observed, in no particular order. Knowledge of customers detectors was actually retained, smiles of happy customers making the right choice of detectors, the amount of successful customers who went home with gold and the overall numbers of gold nuggets dug by the students. There is one thing that I corollate all these positives and it’s the new GPX-6000, period. Yes we had SDC-2300’s, GPZ-7000, GPX-5000’s and the usual VLF’s in the class being learned by the students and those who were there with the GPX-6000 had the most Success. But the success of gold nugget finds was just part of the fun. Ease of operation and simplicity we’ve never seen from a PI Minelab was also most impressive. The customers were actually not afraid of their detectors. They didn’t worry if the timing and or sequence of adjustments was correct, as the GPX-6000 is pretty much a turn on and go. The old way, a big multi page instruction manual (is missing) and now we get a 3 step Quick Start…and it’s true. 1) Turn On. 2) Raise/Lower Coil for 10s, 3) Begin Detecting. Are you kidding me, no way that can’t be true. We just paid $6000 for one of the latest technology fine tuned gold detectors in the world and all we get in the box to help learn, is 3 short steps with a combined total of 10 words? Well folks, it’s all true and so is the amount of happy customers who invested in our training and the new GPX-6000. If anyone thinks there was some other reason for the above, please chime in as all indicators are bulls eyed at the GPX-6000. Overall the trip went exceptionally well consider the 100 yr rain storm that came through while we were down there. I still love the natural beauty of Northern NV in the fall and the colors on the gold nuggets we dug. Hopefully the Spring/Summer class will be just as productive with a group of new enthusiastic customers and more gold being unearthed.
  10. I purchased the GPX 6000 from @Gerry in Idaho a few months back and had only taken it out once for about 45 minutes and had to put it away because it was screaming at me due to iron scattered everywhere. Fast forward to this past weekend, I went down to Rye Patch to @Gerry in Idaho's training to really get out and try this thing out. I ended the trip with 8 pieces totaling 3.7 grams, cleaned. The biggest piece was pretty cool so I am including pictures of both sides of that one, 1.5 grams cleaned. All 8 were found right around the burn barrel area. Thank you to Gerry and all of his staff for a great time and knowledge! @Lunk @afreakofnature and the rest of the team.
  11. Rye Patch is a scenic area (for its own reasons), this time of yr. If you can catch warm Temps in 60s, no wind, and sunny days, it doesn't get much better. Add the chance to cross paths with some DP members makes it even better. A few other things allowing an adventurous trip, a hairy legged tarantula, some more intricate nuggets and always a handful of lucky crystals. I have been blessed so far with all. Including chatting with members, Condor, Bill in CO, Chet and Tom from CA., and today hopefully a few others. Memories to add to my scrapbook.
  12. Early wet Weather in Northern Nevada, sure messed up a few of my hunts! But, this last Hunt was called Rain or Shine! Be there or miss out with the original hunting party. We had half the amount of coils on the ground during this hunt and managed to find a few sweet spots of dinks to add to our pokes. Rain on us with snow in the ground 200’ above us all 4-Days! 6000, Retune Button got a workout. I kept the 11” Mono on. Tried the DD for a few hours with no luck, don’t know if the ground and line I took was bad, but the guys behind me where finding nuggets…so back to the 11”. My truck is out in the drive way in the wet Weather still loaded up with me gear! Getting wet again to unload it, I can’t wait 🤨 Until the next Hunt! LuckyLundy
  13. We had a 3 party hunt scheduled Condor, LuckyLarry and myself. I set sail East Bound and down on I-80 to Rye Patch from Reno. I texted the Boyz and received a text back from Condor that his Truck was sick and couldn’t make this trip! Well just meant more Rib Eyes on my dinner plate! LuckyLarry, was on his way from Elko to Rye Patch and the timing was perfect he followed me in to our camp site! Temperature Gauge was a solid 97 at the 3 O’Clock hour. Larry, hunted out here in the Hey Days of Rye Patch. He was just learning Gold Detecting back then and scored many nice nuggets! But, ended up being a Top Notch Relic Hunter. That’s how we met. We met on the Internet with me needing some old Relic’s ID. He was my go to guy to tell me the history of anything I’d dig up in the Goldfields of California. Of course, I avoided these extra trashy old camp sites and would pass the location to Larry for his Relic hunts when he traveled to California. We set up camp and hopped into my RZR Buggy into the heat to swing our 6000’s on my old patches. Finding left over nuggets that our older models missed, but the heat! Had to hit a 100 before some clouds moved in to cool things down! Them clouds had rain and in front of them was the wind. Headed back to Camp to beat the rain, as I left my Trucks Windows half open which was the way the wind and rain was blowing in. Made it back to camp wet Windows up with a gust of wind that had to be over 50 mph. Well early to bed with showers on and off and the next morning with more rain to heavy to detect in which gave us time to eat some cookies and for me to remember where some more old patches where at to swing on. Gone for 4-Days with 2 1/2 days of good detecting! We ended up with 20 Dinks each! Two Lucky 🍀 guys with plenty of smiles for our efforts fighting Mother Natures last blasts of Summer! I figure I’m now about 80% done with having the 6000 over our old patches in Rye Patch. I’m sure we left gold in the patches we hunted for further visits…never can get them all and every day is a different day! Until the next Hunt! LuckyLundy
  14. It's been drizzling all day, now turned to heavy rain and thunder. If you're planning a trip out here plan accordingly.
  15. The weather may have turned for the better in Northern Nevada. It was time to get out and check how my GPZ 7000, would handle the moisture/salt from the Winter Storms. I pulled into the Burn Barrel to camp, but it was like pulling into a KOA. I unloaded my trusty RZR and hit the trail to find a nugget. I ran into several folks out trying their luck, all had smiles on their faces and enjoying our outdoor hobby. I was told that Gerry was having his training at the Burn Barrel which explained the crowd of RV’s. I did get time for a short visit with Gerry and Lunk, before heading out. The soil, is a little noisy with High Yield/Normal. Using Difficult settled it down perfectly, but not my preferred setting for dink nuggets. Anyways, I hunted in Normal and ground balanced often to give my ears a rest from the noisy ground. I didn’t find any dink nuggets which are the Bread & Butter to any poke, but did find a couple of Steak & Lobster nuggets before loading up and heading home from the short Dirt Recon Trip. There’s gold out there, you just need to get your coil over it, I need some Bread & Butter Nuggets to complete my meal. Talking about meals, my Dog Marley refused to eat his normal dog grub on this trip, and only wanted what I brought “Fried Chicken”. Until the next Hunt! LuckyLundy
  16. I am not affiliated with this company nor am I an investor. I do like a map they have put together. It shows gold 'finds' all over norther Nevada with the center in Winnemucca. They want investors and I liked reading some of the discovery info. What do you think? I took a 'day trip' one Sunday north of Winnemucca leaving from Rye Patch. It is a long distance up there. Getting back I drove on the longest dirt road I've ever been on. I know they are much longer in Australia but this road was a 'short cut' with 80 miles of nothing. I should not have done it alone. It wasn't in the summer but I still wouldn't do it again. https://investingnews.com/company-profiles/bald-eagle-gold-tsxv-big/
  17. Years ago I had a wise customer who was always trying to make things better. He spent much of his free time chasing gold nuggets at Rye Patch, NV in the 90's and early 2000's (when pickings were good). He always wanted to cover ground and chase the big ones. One time he calls me to order some Coiltek coil wiring (extension) as he has long dreams. I seen him out there with his new long shaft and boy was it longer than I had expected. Has anyone seen anything similar or just as crazy? On a side note, this beautiful Horse Nugget of 6 ounces was found in the road at Rye Patch proper. Seems most of us had walked over it for years thinking a beer can in the middle of the road when in fact it was the biggest piece of gold I have seen come from Rye Patch. I know one of my Staff found a 5+ oz'er one time and Chuck/Gracie from TX showed me a 5 oz'er, but this one has character. If anyone knows of bigger gold nuggets from actual Rye Patch proper or of a longer shaft on their Minelab, I'd love to see. Enjoy everyone and stay out of my swing path, all 30 feet of it.
  18. Today was short and good. While reading about the geology of rattlesnake mountain and getting sidetracked on the census report for the population of Virginia City and 1860 versus 1870, I came across the fact that there was like 11 Chinese people in 1860 recorded, and 711 or something in 1870. How long ago that was, and how bustling those streets must have been as it was as great as paris? Well today, not too far from Virginia City three new kids, half Chinese, could be added to that number. We were really only supposed to go out to deliver some Uber eats. However, sometimes it's really hard to focus when you have the GPC 7000 and Fisher 75 in the car for easy access. Telling adventures of the mountain climb yesterday with their brave mother, we tried to go through the glorious spectacular Christmas lights decorated neighborhood, combing for that place we just visited. We found the park, which was much closer to the mountains then we parked yesterday, however the official park for some strange reason closed at 5:00. Anybody that knows the real power of the GPZ knows that it's very hard to turn off before 5:00. Rather than be trapped on the inside, we elected to park near the street within hiking distance. The full hearty at simple plan, was to run as fast as we could to the closest Mount ravine and just grab nuggets by the fistful. The children were good grabbing things they practiced on their great American Halloween for 2 years now. They had shovels and by other kids might be grabbing a pickaxe on minecraft, they had the real deal. They might have a lollipop in their mouth but their eye said they were hungry for gold. We quickly gathered the gear from the car grab the dog and sprinted across the meadow much like that famous guy Chevy Chase from National Lampoon's doing his wallet world Sprint. Unfortunately we had to slow down, my wife was sore from yesterday it was somewhat lagging behind, and my youngest son Apollo forgot to put his belt on and his pants were falling down almost, while he was wearing his brother's hiking shoes which were two and a half sizes too big. I had intended to take him out to buy some new shoes, however he will for Lee volunteered the shoe money to help us get that shiny GPz.... So, with the sun going down, the wife and dog crawling, and the pants that could barely stay up, I had no choice. We quickly raised the detector in the air right there on the spot and did the noise cancellation and Ferris Middle ground balancing magical gold dance. After reading last night post after post after post in this forum, I finally came across the post that Steve wrote about the firmware upgrade containing the couple new functions which I completely did not operate correctly the first day. The one function in particular, allows you to cover more ground quickly... I guess that's the something your other something your other option. Thank God they use little graphical icons cuz I can't think of the exact name off the top of my head. So slowly walking through this field, remembering that the Basque people who live there once before and I guess in 1950 or something or sometime after there was a great flood that flooded the whole valley which is somewhat perplexing to me because it seems to be a desert so I have a hard time imagining a flood there Well I let my kids know that even though we couldn't make it to the ravine,there was a probability we collect nuggets, all the way back to the car before the sun went down. So in that rushed hour and a half, we hit and Dug three targets. And I didn't even I have to explain to the kids that each Target could be the largest nugget in Nevada history. I can tell they already knew. Well of course, it was rather fine display of used ammunition... The kids had a great time learning the siren calls of the GPZ 7000, how to do the silencing and ground balancing dance.. and that there's way more suspense digging in the ground than waiting at home to watch a new Netflix series. I can't wait to get out again, there's so many places that we're learning about. The recent episode of Jeff Williams taught us about the Oriental and thule canyon and gold point.... And after their first day out... They won't think of reading this form and the other gold prospecting forms as tough homework assignments, but rather a road to get their own goals. Because they all know they get to keep whatever gold they find. 2020 was pretty bad, 2021 is probably going to be a little bit worse, but I think the GPz s going to make it a lot better.. The fisher f75 will play its part, and hopefully we'll be able to pick up a used gold monster 1000... Eating the elephant bite by bite https://photos.app.goo.gl/SMvFJM5PDib7Vc7o6
  19. Anyone know of any info on this mine in Storey Co. NV. I have access to it by the claim current claim holder and im trying to find out any history from someone who may know. I have heard there was some placer found there at some point in time.
  20. I’ve heard of folks hunting the Rye Patch area of Nevada. How do they gain access? Do they have their own claim? Are there Open to the Public areas? What about Local Prospecting Clubs? Thanks! Walt
  21. As a few of you may know October in the High Desert is the time to be there! This October, I hardly seen another prospector! Seen, more folks scouting for hunting season than anything. I gave a few Chuckar & Antelope Hunters a pointy finger. But, the Goldfields pretty much empty and to myself. Well, with the Sun setting earlier and 7 pm, just a little early to rack out. I bought a big Black Light Flashlight, to hunt some glow in the dark rocks for our new rock garden area of our backyard. It was fun, riding the RZR around the desert at night shining that light off to the side. Seen all kids of stuff that reflects at night. Some I didn’t bother picking up as you can see. I need to find some other glow in the dark minerals other than Orange, lol. But, my 2 days was spent collecting a few nuggets also. There’s gold out there, just need to get your coil over them...Until the next Hunt! Rick
  22. It’s been a busy Summer for Robin and I. We wanted to Escape, Flee the once Great State of California. We hardly recognized it any longer...well in order to do that we needed to spruce up our home to put up for sale, same time find a home in the greater Reno area. Since Reno, was only a little over 100 miles from us in California, we rented one then two storage units and I made runs to storage units using my pickup truck. We only needed to rent a U-Haul for the big stuff when we closed on the home in Reno. We closed on the home in California for perfect timing, thought I was going to have to dip in my Beer money and make two mortgage payments, lol. Anyways, I know I personally move Home Depot, Lowe’s & RC Willey stock to higher ground...plus, we just had 28 yards of concrete work done! I needed a get away and find me a nugget on some proven grounds. Doc from Doc’s Detecting Supply from Henderson, NV sent me a Moving out of California Gift Pack and Welcome to Nevada Detector Bling gift. A New Swing Assist Guide Arm and his new Gold Spot Scoop. I must say, I like the new Swing Arm and his scoop has ridges on the bottom like a Gold Pan...which I will say one of the nuggets I dug up, I seen it stuck on the back riffles like you’d see gold in you pan, which raised and eyebrow! Anyways, I had Rye Patch to myself. Not a soul was out there, so I made some big dust trails in my RZR and headed to a patch to get my Nugget Fix on. Ground was dry and in some places very dry...so Adjusting your Sensitivity was a must to hear these squeaky signals. Always a very slow swing when going over proven ground...when the ducks are all gone, only the smartest nuggets are left. You have to out smart them warily guys to coax them into your poke. Rye Patch, is like your hungry but, cant find anything in the Frig. I learned a longtime ago, if your hungry there’s something in that Frig to put a smile on your face! Sure, you need to learn a few secrets of Rye Patch and of your machine...or my favorite Whiskey 🥃 and Steaks 🥩.
  23. From Placer Gold Deposits of Nevada, USGS Bulletin 1356, By Maureen G. Johnson 1973 HISTORY OF PLACER MINING IN NEVADA The first authenticated discovery of placer gold in Nevada was made in 1849 by Abner Blackburn, a member of an emigrant train to California, at the junction of Gold Canyon and the Carson River at the present site of Dayton, Lyon County (De Quille, 1891; Vanderburg, 1936a). Parties of men worked the gravels in Gold Canyon and nearby Six Mile Canyon, Storey County, for 8 years before the source of the placers, the Ophir silver lode, was discovered by Peter O'Reiley and Patrick McLaughlin in 1857 while digging a small water hole for placer mining in Six Mile Canyon (De Quille, 1891). Other lode discoveries in the immediate area followed, and soon the whole world knew of the Comstock lode in Nevada. Although placer mining continued on a small scale in Gold Canyon and Six Mile Canyon, and other placers were discovered elsewhere in the State, the richness and fame of the Comstock lode far overshadowed the importance of placer production and new placer discoveries. Following the discovery of placers at Gold Canyon, placer discoveries in Nevada were broadly in three periods: the 1860's to 1880's, when many small deposits throughout the State were discovered and sporadically worked and several large placers were discovered and extensively worked; the short period between 1906 and 1910, when very rich placers were discovered at Lynn, Battle Mountain, Manhattan, and Round Mountain; the early 1930's, when economic conditions created by the depression caused a renewed interest in placer mining, and many individuals sought, and a few discovered, new placer areas throughout the State. The location of the placers described in this report is shown on plate 1. Very little factual information can be found about the early periods of placer mining in Nevada. For many placers, the only reports available are hearsay estimates of production and speculations about the extent of the placer ground based on remnants of placer pits, shafts, and other workings. Many of the placers said to have had a high production between 1860 and 1890 were worked by Chinese miners who came to Nevada during the building of the railroads and stayed on to work at mining and other activities. The Chinese were reputed to be secretive with their earnings from the placers and did not ship the gold to the mint by Wells Fargo or other shippers. They worked the gravels very thoroughly in areas where American miners did not wish to expend great labor to win the gold. The placers in the Sierra and Spring Valley districts, Pershing County, were worked by Chinese miners; they have a very high estimated production before 1900 and a comparatively low known production since that time. One reason for the lack of information about early placer-mining activity in Nevada was the great attention given to the rich silver-lode districts such as the Comstock, Eureka, and Reese River districts. Whereas in many other States, the discovery of gold placers stimulated the search for lode-gold deposits and other gold placers, in Nevada early attention was devoted to searching for rich silver lodes not necessarily associated with derived placers. The comparatively late discovery of some of the richest placers in the State has afforded a very clear picture of the development of placer mining during the 1900's. The discovery of rich silver ores at Tonopah in 1900 and rich gold ores at Goldfield in 1902 stimulated great activity in mining exploration throughout Nevada. Many placers discovered during the 1906–10 period were found by men looking for ores similar to ores at Tonopah and Goldfield. Placer mining at Manhattan and Round Mountain districts, Nye County, and Battle Mountain district, Lander County, began with numerous small drywash operations in the gravels, then expanded as water supplies were developed for sluicing and hydraulic methods of mining. Late in the history of these districts, but long after many other placer districts were inactive, large-scale dredging operations began. The success of the dredge operations in these semiarid districts is unique in the history of placer mining in the Southwestern States. Placer mining history in the other districts is typical of desert placer mining throughout the southwest. Most production resulted from the relatively intense period of prospecting immediately following discovery; a decline in placer-mining activity followed, then a small revival during the early 1930's. The economic depression of the early 1930's stimulated investigations of many Nevada placer districts for the purpose of developing large-scale placer-mining operations. By the late 1930's, many mining companies had investigated many placer areas and had formulated plans to develop certain areas. The placer activity of the 1930's was abruptly halted by the beginning of World War II and the passage of War Board Order L–208, which restricted gold mining throughout the country. The dredge operation at Manhattan was given special permission to continue operations, although on a reduced scale, and, as a result, placer gold production after 1942 did not decline as markedly in Nevada as in other States. Most of the placer mining was done by the basic methods of drywashing, sluicing, and rarely, small-scale hydraulic mining. In addition to the large dredge operations at Manhattan, Round Mountain, and Battle Mountain, other dredges operated in different districts, notably Silver City, Lyon County; Spring Valley, Pershing County; Van Duzer, Elko County; and Bullion, Lander County. Since the completion of the Round Mountain dredge operation in 1959, placer mining in Nevada has progressively diminished in importance. GOLD PRODUCTION FROM PLACER DEPOSITS The U.S. Bureau of Mines (1967, p.15) cites 1,900,000 troy ounces of placer gold produced in Nevada from 1792 to 1964. I estimate a total production of 1, 700,000 ounces of placer gold for the State from the first placer discovery to 1968. The U.S. Bureau of Mines estimate includes some unauthenticated reports of very high placer gold production from some districts worked before 1900. The most productive placer districts in Nevada are the Battle Mountain district, Lander County; Silver City district, Lyon County; Manhattan and Round Mountain districts, Nye County; Spring Valley and Sierra districts, Pershing County; and Osceola district, White Pine County. Most of the gold recovered before 1900, an estimated 905,850 ounces, was recovered by many individuals using drywashers or small sluices to work gravels brought to the surface from shafts or pits. In the major districts (Silver City, Spring Valley, Sierra, and Osceola) worked intensely between 1849 and 1890, the miners dug numerous shafts, tunnels, and adits in the gravels. At Osceola, large banks of gravel were hydraulicked, leaving sheer cliffs of unworked gravels exposed today. After 1900, drywashers, small sluices, and small concentrating machines continued tp be used in placers throughout the State, but, except for the very productive first few years of drywashing at Manhattan, Round Mountain, and Battle Mountain (1906-15), the greatest part of the placer gold was recovered by large dredging operations. Figure 1 is a graphic representation of the total amount of placer gold recovered yearly in Nevada (1900-68) and the contributors to the major production peaks. Dredge mining in Nevada started in 1911, when the Federal Mining Co. used a small wooden dredge to work gravels in Spring Valley Canyon (Pershing County). The operation was only moderately successful, but it encouraged other companies to consider desert dredge mining. During the periods 1920-23, 1940-42, and 1946-47, dredges worked in the relatively well-watered Carson River at Gold Canyon (Dayton, Lyon County). Small dredges worked gravels in a number of districts throughout the State (such as the Bullion district, Lander County; the Willow Creek district, Pershing County; and the Olinghouse district, Washoe County), but in many of these operations, the water was not sufficient for the use of floating dredges, and other conveyances were used to transport the gravels to the dredge, which acted as a central washing plant. The era of major large-scale desert dredge operations began in 1939, when a floating bucketline dredge was brought to Manhattan Gulch (Nye County). When operations ceased in 1946, this same dredge was transported to Battle Mountain (Lander County) to work the placers in the Copper Canyon fan from 1947 to 1955. In the 1950's, a non-floating dredge was used at Round Mountain (Nye County) to recover large amounts of placer gold from a deep pit. Since cessation of dredge operations at Round Mountain in 1959, placer gold production in Nevada has returned to small-scale sporadic or part time operations by individuals. SUMMARY Placer gold has been found in 115 mining districts in Nevada. Many of these districts have produced, or are said to have produced, only a few ounces of placer gold. Thirteen districts have produced more than 10,000 ounces. Although placer gold has been recovered from each of the 17 counties in Nevada, most of the placers are in the western part of the State (see pl. 1) in the area termed the "Western Metallogenic Province," which is characterized by the dominance of precious metal ores (Roberts, 1946a). A few placers (all of minor importance except the Osceola district) are found in the eastern part of the State in the area termed the "Eastern Metallogenic Province," which is characterized by the dominance of base-metal ores. Most of the placer gold found in Nevada has been derived from veins and replacement deposits that have been successfully worked for the gold and silver content of the ores. In the few districts where source of the gold is unknown, it is presumed to be small scattered veins in the adjacent bedrock. In most of the very productive lode mining districts, only small amounts of placer gold have been recovered, whereas in the very productive placer districts, lode-gold production is close to, and sometimes less than, placer gold production. An exception is the Silver City district (Lyon County) , which has yielded a high production of placer gold derived from ores of the Comstock lode (Lyon and Storey Counties), the largest silver producing district in the State.
  24. In an effort to convince my wife to move to Nevada, I would like to know more about gemstones and non-metallic fossicking/collecting in the Silver State. If I can show her that the state will be a great place for other rock collecting, it will add greatly to my "gold, gold, no state income tax, gold" argument for a move. We are looking in the Hawthorne/Fernley/Fallon area. I know about the opal mines up by Virgin Valley, and garnets found in the Ruby mountains. And of course the different gold and silver districts, which sadly, she doesn't care about. She is most into roaming the desert and surface hunting while I swing a detector nearby. My attempts at putting a detector in her hands have not been successful, even when finding gold nuggets. Maybe she is broken. Anyways I'm mostly interested in personal experience, pictures, and anecdotes of gemstones and other non-metallic surface finds in the state. Please don't post your spots, keep those secrets to yourself!
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