Looking for that Hidden Placer
March 2013 by Ray MillsI 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.
The higher the sensitivity setting, the louder and sharper the signal from a gold nugget or other metal target.
Watching for these areas is one of my primary targets during the winter. It doesn’t take but a few inches of the surface moving away to give a fantastic target response that you didn’t hear prior to the washing of the surface.
How to go about the entire process of prospecting is a big question. The answer comes down to research and preparation.
I love to dry wash old nugget patches found by detector operators, and I have found my fair share of gold dry washing those areas. I have also found a few nuggets using a detector on the bedrock exposed by dry washing the patches.
The more experienced prospectors know these lesser known spots are the types of places where big finds are still made.
Now that you are actually going to be out there doing some prospecting, I may be able to help.
We panned out maybe three gold pans of the material and we were shocked at the gold that was there. This rock appeared to be rich.
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