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Ray Mills
Ray Mills is a fifth generation Californian. He was raised in Trinity County but lives in Redding, Ca. He has been prospecting all his life other than his time served in the military. He enjoys hunting surface pockets with a metal detector. He also loves to fly fish for the local Steelhead. At fifty nine he still enjoys backpacking into the Trinity Alps in his search for gold. He works in the nursing field. All leftover time is devoted to his wife of almost forty years, Debbie.

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Articles by Ray Mills
Divide and Conquer—Detecting Old Placer Grounds with Friends

He no sooner had turned around and started moving when I hollered again that I had another nice one.

February 2014 (Vol. 83, No. 6)
Bedrock

I am going to break bedrock down a bit and explain my view of the varying scenarios I come across in the field.

March 2014 (Vol. 83, No. 7)
Detecting for Gold in Nevada

Within a few minutes I got my first signal and dug out a small flake about three grains.

April 2014 (Vol. 83, No. 8)
Search Coils and Techniques

This article is intended to try to help someone who is breaking into gold detecting and using a pulse induction (PI) detector.

May 2014 (Vol. 83, No. 9)
Detecting Old Pocket Diggings

Looking around, I could tell that this was an old hand-digging. As I walked around the perimeter of the digging I could see shovel and pick marks scratched on the clean, hard clay and bedrock.

February 2013 (Vol. 82. No. 6)
Looking for that Hidden Placer

I detect in a wide array of situations. I like to search for places that no one has been to. I really like to find areas that have never been worked at all.

March 2013 (Vol. 82, No. 7)
Detecting For Gold—Are You Up For It?

Over the years that I have been detecting for gold I have had many of the same questions come up. I decided to write this article to hopefully answer some questions that a person wishing to detect for gold may have.

April 2013 (Vol. 82, No. 8)
Ancient River Channels of Trinity County

Trinity County is located in the far northwest corner of California and stirs up many different memories for those who have been there.

June 2013 (Vol. 82, No. 10)
Prospecting Research

These are just some of the ways I have been able to find new spots to metal detect for gold.

August 2013 ( Vol. 82, No. 12)
Time for a New Approach: Detecting Float Gold

The first pieces found were in a spot that most gold hunters would not even detect, right in the middle of a downslope meadow.

September 2013 (Vol. 83, No. 1)
Dry Washing to Capture Fine Gold

There may be lots of smaller gold I cannot hear with a detector, but it looks just fine in my pan once it is out of the crevice.

November 2013 (Vol. 83, No. 3)
Sniping for Gold

Sniping for gold… what does it mean to you? To me, sniping is taking a mask and snorkel along with a screwdriver and squeeze bottle to search for gold lying on or in bedrock.

August 2012 (Vol. 81, No. 12)
Detecting for Gold—Finding Nuggets Where You Least Expect Them

Many friends have come up to my locale to detect for gold. I am writing this article hoping that it may help anyone who uses a detector to prospect for gold nuggets.

September 2012 (Vol. 82, No. 1)
Tips for Detecting Old Hydraulic Pits

There are several counties around Shasta County that offer very good gold detecting. Many of these locations are old hydraulic pits. While detecting these old pits over the years I have come up with some ideas on how to go about hunting them.

October 2012 (Vol. 82, No. 2)
Tips on Crevicing for Gold

When everything is still dry, one of my favorite methods of prospecting is using a straw to blow out small cracks and crevices that dot the exposed bedrock along a stream.

November 2012 (Vol. 82, No. 3)
Detecting Old Ground Sluice Locations

Ground sluicing, surfacing and scratching are a few names given to the recovery of gold in shallow areas. Where I live, the hills are dotted with small surface diggings.

December 2012 (Vol. 82, No. 4)