Who Says You Have to Own a Claim to Find Gold?
April 2012 by R.E. DivineMost of us know making a profit as a small-scale miner is difficult; however, sometimes we combine luck with a little skill and bring home a few ounces of the yellow stuff.
When doing your initial armchair research and selecting potential areas to explore, consider all the indicators, both natural and man-made.
This article is about our recent gold prospecting adventure, which has yielded over 20 ounces of specimen gold—with more to come.
Within a few minutes I got my first signal and dug out a small flake about three grains.
Rick donned a pair of fiberglass shin guards that he normally wore dredging, just in case he uncovered the rattlesnake during his digging and rock moving. I wasn’t convinced they were going to provide enough protection.
I recently found myself wondering what would be the ultimate prospecting adventure. What would be the most amazing thing if I had no restrictions or limitations?
So why would a modern-day prospector want to learn about a method of mining that was banned by the courts more than a century ago?
I didn’t think too much of our dredge hole and we were both considering a move when we hit bedrock. There was a good quantity of flakes and fines, but no nuggets.
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