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Picks & Pans: Sniping for Low Stream Gold

In southwestern Canada a couple of summers ago, the weather was extremely dry. So dry in fact, that some of the streams were at lows not seen in many decades. The wonderful advantage for sniping in the following fall was that...

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The South Pass Gold Placers, Western Wyoming


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Check The Box For Tax Savings


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Forest Occupancy Decision Stands—US Forest Service Withdraws Appeal


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Are There Any Good Prospects Left?


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Just Another Ordinary Weekend


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Digging It Dry


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Alternative Gold Leaching Methods


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