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July 2014 by Fred MasonEvery year there are large nuggets found by the diligent, and occasionally by the lucky newbie.
This is the story of a nugget patch I’ve been working on that is a bit unusual. I won’t be telling you where it is located, but I will tell you how I found it and how I’ve worked it.
What do you do when you’ve located a promising deposit of gold or gemstones, but it’s trapped in solid rock?
Maybe we could find a few pieces of ore from that tunnel? It was worth a try. The old timers didn’t have that stamp mill for looks, so we set off to get some samples.
Once you have a detector, learn how to use it and get out in the field—you can’t find anything with it in your garage.
During my adventures I’ve learned a few key best practices that help me to consistently find gold nuggets with my detectors. You can apply many of these best practices to any type of prospecting. These best practices are really common sense; however, they are easy to neglect.
This year was a test. We had never done anything like this before, yet we grossed $30,000 in the short time we had to mine.
Gold probably is one of the easiest things in the world to cheat an absentee owner out of. He would generally have no way of really knowing if a guy had found 3 nuggets or 30 nuggets on his claim.
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