Mud Men: Pocket Miners of Southwest Oregon Part II
March 2011 by Tom BohmkerHow many more clays seams lie adjacent to known shear zones and quartz veins in the pocket areas of southwestern Oregon?
I grew up in Southern California, and found my first nugget there, so I know my way around. Because there is good gold there, I thought it might be helpful to take a look at the many placer gold opportunities found in the southern part of the state.
The first time I found gold in the creek here is when I decided to try a new place to drywash on a hill not far from the dirt path I was on.
It’s worthwhile for the prospector using a metal detector to know a little bit more about the association of iron and gold as well as how iron minerals affect your metal detector.
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.
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.
This article is about our recent gold prospecting adventure, which has yielded over 20 ounces of specimen gold—with more to come.
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