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Ray Mills

Ray Mills

The author is a fifth generation Californian. He was raised in Trinity County but lives in Redding, California. He has been prospecting all his life other than his time served in the military. He enjoys hunting surface pockets with a metal detector. His book, Detecting for Gold, Adventures, Trips and Tips, is available in E-book format and is available at He welcomes questions or comments.

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Look Harder

Understanding Rocks Can Help You Prospect And Detect Successfully

More Indicators And Tips

Autumn Gold

A Hole In One

Hiding Out In The Open

Off to the Sierra Again

I Said it Once & I'll Say it twice, Record Those Indicators!

Golden Indicators

Chasing Those Crumbs

Half Moons

More about Indicators

The Big Picture

Detecting the Hills of Hornitos

Locating Intrusions in Host

Record Those Indicators

Let Nature Help

On the Road

Making the Jump to Electronic Prospecting

A Short But Productive Hunt

Old Water Channels Provide Important Clues

A Walk Through The Gold Indicators

Are You Being Followed?

Gold Detecting—Are You Up For It?

Colorado to California for Gold

An Early Christmas Gift

Cherry-Picking for Gold Nuggets

Detecting 'New Again' Spots

Indicators and Hillsides

Clues for Detecting Ancient River Channels and Flats

Pay Attention to the Features and Landmarks

Plotting and Persistence Lead to Big Gold

It's Not Always El Dorado

More Tips on How to Find Gold with A Detector

Detecting: Getting Away From The Heat And Into The Gold

Clearing the Nugget Trap with a Detector

Sharing Gold Fever with a Friend

It's Another 'Ben Day'

The Mid-Winter Nugget

Following Man-Made Ditches to Recover More Gold

Hit the Slopes to Find More Gold

My New Passion--Crystal Hunting

Crumb Hunting With A VLF Detector

My First Carolina Nugget

Green Returns And Opportunity Is Almost Gone

The Sunbaker

Detecting Wet Ground Yields More Fun Than Gold

Following the Clues

More On Gold Indicators—What to Look For

Gold Indicators—What to Look for in the Goldfields

Out of the Ashes—New Access to Gold

How to Beat the Heat--and The Bedrock

Detecting Canyon Bedrock in The Sierras

Blackberries and Gold

Trash! A Hindrance Or Hot Spot For Hidden Gold?

Follow the Line

Detecting the Fringe Areas

Detecting and Recovering Those Tiny Pieces

More on Detecting Pocket Gold

Prospecting Knowledge -- Pass It On!

Old Patch, New Detector

Detecting Basics: Lose the Bad Habits Not the Gold

That First Nugget

What's In A Name?

A New Prospecting Spot

Attention to Detail - Part II

Successful Detecting Requires Attention to Detail—Part I

Pocket Gold

Sunshine and Gold

Picking Our Way Through Bedrock

Detecting Clay Seams

Piles of Gold

Detecting During Summer Heat

Companion Gold

A Golden Summer

Detecting Alone -- What to Look For

Finding Streams of Gold

Search Coils and Techniques

Detecting for Gold in Nevada


Divide and Conquer—Detecting Old Placer Grounds with Friends

Dry Washing to Capture Fine Gold

Time for a New Approach: Detecting Float Gold

Prospecting Research

Ancient River Channels of Trinity County

Detecting For Gold—Are You Up For It?

Looking for that Hidden Placer

Detecting Old Pocket Diggings

Detecting Old Ground Sluice Locations

Tips on Crevicing for Gold

Tips for Detecting Old Hydraulic Pits

Detecting for Gold—Finding Nuggets Where You Least Expect Them

Sniping for Gold


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