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Police Urge Author to End Treasure Hunt

The plea from State Police Chief Pete Kassetas follows what authorities believe is the latest death related to the effort to uncover Forrest Fenn’s treasure.

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Thinking Outside The Creek


Imagine for a minute the year is 1850. You’ve read and heard that gold was discovered in California and the creeks are so rich you can just scoop it up with your hands.

Want to Go to Australia?


Every year there are large nuggets found by the diligent, and occasionally by the lucky newbie.

The Value of Old Patches


Nuggets make for the best memories and this patch was just adding to mine. In the hours of daylight I had left, I worked from that nugget to the bottom of the patch, collecting eight more nuggets.

Prospecting Tales: Forest Service, Fires and Bears—Oh My!


I woke up on Sunday morning, August 10, to heavy smoke. I saw where it was coming from, but it seemed like it was a long way off so I thought I was okay for the time being.

Research Tools for The Modern Prospector


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Get Boots On The Ground For Patch Hunting


The first requirement is permission from a land owner. This can be tricky and it’s always a bit nerve-racking to approach a stranger cold with such a request.

Extracting & Smelting Your Gold


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