Take a Kid Detecting
January 2014 by Jonathan PorterI thought things started off okay until I realized I had forgotten some of my gear and had to return to the house. My troubled start was not helped when my boy came up to me a few minutes after my return to show me his first nugget of the day.
When I was recently in West Africa, I got to see and play with my first, phony, Chinese knock-off metal detector.
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What today appears to be a “road to nowhere” was once a road to somewhere. At today’s precious metal prices that somewhere can be of great importance to you.
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.
“I heard him hollering down in the hole as soon as I got there,” he said. “I was just glad to see him alive.”
How to go about the entire process of prospecting is a big question. The answer comes down to research and preparation.
Just three weeks ago one of our prospecting team members decided to go back to this location on his own. He had a new detector and wanted to try it out some.
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