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Steve Herschbach (Senior Writer)
Steve has been an avid prospector and detectorist since 1972. He retired from owning one of the largest prospecting and metal detecting stores in the country and is now a full time prospector, writer, and metal detecting consultant. He welcomes questions and comments via email.

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Articles by Steve Herschbach
Gold Placers of the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

The biggest obstacle is that like many streams on the Kenai Peninsula, high water during the summer months from snow melt and rain can make dredging nearly impossible. The best dredging is in the colder months of the year.

January 2014 (Vol. 83, No. 5)
Copper Deposits of Alaska

Only the famous Kennecott copper mine was able to continue operating through the Depression owing to the exceptional richness of its ore.

February 2014 (Vol. 83, No. 6)
Gold of the Iditarod Mining District, Alaska

It was the middle of winter and the valley was covered in snow, making prospecting a matter of sinking shafts in the ground.

March 2014 (Vol. 83, No. 7)
Finding Gold with a VLF Detector—Part I

The very first thing to find out...is if the detector has the ability to be ground balanced.

April 2014 (Vol. 83, No. 8)
Finding Gold with a VLF Detector—Part II

It is this ability to hear and respond to the faintest of audio signals that I believe separates the best nugget hunters from everyone else.

May 2014 (Vol. 83, No. 9)
Finding Gold with a VLF Detector—Part III

The higher the sensitivity setting, the louder and sharper the signal from a gold nugget or other metal target.

June 2014 (Vol. 83, No. 10)
The Pedro Gold Dredge

The decision was made to move the dredge intact, a massive undertaking indeed. The goal was to move it only one mile to the Busby’s Chicken Gold Camp, but what a mile that was to be.

October 2014 (Vol. 84, No. 2)
Finding Gold in Tailing Piles

Old mine workings and tailing piles can represent opportunities on many levels, from the chance to simply find a nugget on up to the commercial reworking of the old tailings for profit.

December 2014 (Vol. 84, No. 4)
Turning Hobby Mining into Business Mining

The first thing a person should do is seriously consider whether they want to go mining as a hobby or a business, and the tax implications of the choice.

March 2013 (Vol. 82, No. 7)
Paperwork Guy—A Cautionary Tale

I recently grew complacent, and it caused me to make a mistake that resulted in the loss of a mining claim. It brought my mining plans for the summer to a complete halt.

April 2013 (Vol. 82, No. 8)
Your Guide to Prospecting in Alaska

Alaska is getting a lot of interest these days, not least because of all the gold prospecting shows on television. Hardly a month seems to pass without some new prospecting show being announced, and a couple of the most popular feature Alaska.

May 2013 (Vol. 82, No. 9)
Which Nugget Detector Should I Get?

The most commonly asked question in metal detecting is, “Which metal detector should I get?” People worry a lot about not getting the right machine. They do not want to waste their money and their time with the wrong metal detector.

June 2013 (Vol. 82, No. 10)
An Alaskan in the Lower 48

Our destination was some old hydraulic workings where the old miners had washed literally mountains of material away to expose gold in ancient river channels.

July 2013 (Vol. 82, No. 11)
Fortymile, Alaska Prospecting Adventure

Some creeks have nuggets, while others, particulary the rivers, nothing but fine gold.

August 2013 ( Vol. 82, No. 12)
It's Hard to Find Gold!

...even the best prospectors have times when they do not find gold. It is all about taking chances against tough odds and succeeding.

October 2013 (Vol. 83, No. 2)
The Subsurface Suction Dredge

The problems of the submersible dredge tube are addressed by the subsurface dredge, where the enclosed sluice recovery tube is suspended from a flotation assembly...

November 2013 (Vol. 83, No. 3)
Ganes Creek Hits 10 Years—Part I

Find huge gold nuggets with your metal detector! That has been the promise, and for a lucky group of detectorists in the Ganes Creek “Pound Club” the reality of finding gold at Ganes Creek, Alaska.

May 2012 (Vol. 81, No. 9)
Ganes Creek Hits 10 Years—Part II

You keep all you find at Ganes, with weekly tallies kept for a loose competition that I find helps motivate me. I seriously try to find more nuggets than anyone else in a given week, and usually make it or close to it.

June 2012 (Vol. 81, No. 10)
Picks & Pans: Prospecting at Mills Creek, Alaska

I particularly enjoyed this little expedition. It is always nice to get out and spend time with my father, Bud Herschbach. He has taken a liking to Mills Creek and was anxious to return and look for more nuggets.

March 2000 (Vol. 69, No. 7)
Picks & Pans: Detecting in Kauai, Hawaii

Winter in Alaska! What is an Alaskan gold miner to do? Go somewhere warm to look for gold, that's what!

July 2000 (Vol. 69, No. 11)