Tips for Detecting Old Hydraulic Pits
October 2012 by Ray MillsThere are several counties around Shasta County that offer very good gold detecting. Many of these locations are old hydraulic pits. While detecting these old pits over the years I have come up with some ideas on how to go about hunting them.
I probably swung over a few targets without noticing them. My first target came about ten minutes later as I went over a part of the high bench in this wide section of the dry wash.
The gold in this area can get quite large. Most of the pieces are about half a pennyweight on average.
I’m sure we all have, at some point in time, gone out detecting and ended up not having the success we thought we would have. Here are some helpful game-changers that work for me and may work for you, as well.
This new map-based tool is far superior to the old version with lots of potential layers and information that a prospector can use in research.
Designing my own dredge...
Because the old timers were so good at locating the better paying deposits—most of them along clay seams in this particular area—it makes good sense to try and locate these clay lines at old mining sites.
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