The Life of an Independent Prospector
July 2012 by Jonathan Porter“JP, is it possible to make a living looking for gold with a metal detector?” I get asked this question a lot...
It’s a common symptom of gold fever for miners to be very hesitant to let go of gold they’ve found or even have it made into jewelry. I confess, I suffer from the same incurable disease!
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.
The one undeniable truth in prospecting is that the more time you spend in the field, the more gold you will find. Here are a few keys I use to help build my confidence.
…as an academic argument, when mated to the appropriate engine, is the pump really moving water at the rate of 400 GPM?
I started with, "Hey, Rusty, tell me about the time..." and that was all it took.
“Metal detecting is not a social function.” So said a good friend of mine. And it’s true. But that’s not to say the benefits of having a prospecting partner don’t outweigh those of being alone.
Some ask if a prospector can collect an entire ounce in a day. It is possible; I’ve done it before.
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