East-Coast Nugget Shooting Myths, Challenges And Tricks
November 2023 by Matthew Hospodar
With the recent surge of interest in gold projects, it’s about time to revisit a subject that strikes fear into the hearts of small-scale miners: Permits.
I love it when I am in the middle of a high trash area and all the ferrous bars go away, the screen number goes to a three or an eight, and the meter is forty to a hundred. I don’t know for sure that I have found gold, but it narrows the odds down.
I had some success following this premise this summer, finding a few nuggets in places I think I overlooked in the past.
My intention was to end this discussion with waypoints and routes, then I found USGS maps of the Plainfield Quadrangle.
We dug and extracted for two more hours. This time, as I dumped the concentrates, I saw a piece of gold three-fourths of an inch long and as big around as a pencil.
I picked up a noticeably heavy, fist-sized chunk of what I thought was a heavy piece of iron. After wiping some of the dirt and clay off, I still didn't know what on earth this object was.
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