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Picks & Pans: Red Mountain Planted Nugget Hunt

While there are many ways to conduct a planted nugget hunt, this article describes one way that several mining associations can get together and sponsor such an event. In this hunt, the Antelope Valley Treasure Hunter Society’s claim in the Randsburg Mining District was used as the huntfield. It was chosen because...

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Life in the Alaska Gold Rush


The discovery of gold in the Klondike in August 1896 brought a rush that became a bonanza for a few, and hardship and disaster for many. The remoteness of the discovery site, and the extremely harsh climate made the effort to recover gold foolhardy for all but the most prepared.

Buying a Mining Claim: Questions to Ask


At one time or another, many miners will look seriously at purchasing a mining claim...Usually it’s a significant financial commitment, so how do you know if you are getting a good deal?

Payette Forest Sides With Mining Company


The US Forest Service is siding with a mining company’s bid to reopen roads and drill test holes in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness.

Ask The Experts—Highbanker legal in CA?; Best place to sell raw gold?


Q: If a high banker is outfitted with a suction hose, is it considered a dredge in CA even if it is sitting on the ground? Also, how do I find the best places to sell raw gold (flour, pickers, nuggets, gold in quartz, etc.)?

Small-Scale Prospecting & Mining (A Little History)


During the 49’er gold rush, because of harsh winters and adverse river conditions, the working season could be restricted for a week or more at a time. Moreover, many of the “argonauts” (a term dating back to the adventures of the early Greek gold seekers in seeking the Golden Fleece), were unprepared both mentally and physically to meet the harsh conditions.

Home Office Deductions


The Internal Revenue Service recently announced (IR-2013-5) a new, simplified option for those who use a home office, which would apply to owners of home-based mining or prospecting operations and businesses.

Ask The Experts — Could you please write an article explaining core samples?


Q: How about an article on understanding core samples? I am getting emails from mining companies with core sample reports and I am not sure as to what I am reading!

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