Just Rambling

Looking at the economy and gold prices these days all I can say is WOW! When I started this hobby gold was still under 250.00 an ounce and it was allot of work to make 100.00 with a drywasher and that was what got me started in metal detecting for gold nuggets in the first place. Back then we were limited to VLF technology for the most part and the Pulse Induction detectors had not yet really become popular or readily available to the average prospector.

Oh, but how times have changed and over the last 20 years we have seen huge advances in metal detectors with the Minelab PI detectors being king, now with the latest technology once again the newest super detector from Minelab, the GPZ-7000 with all new ZVT technology. This detector has the ability to work virtually any gold bearing ground efficiently and quietly ignoring most ground noise and false signals. These advances have also resulted in thousands of ounces of gold being found if not more in the same time span by pros and hobbyists alike….

Now of course the Minelab Gold Monster 1000 equipped with a 24 bit micro processor on board a killer VLF running at 45 kHz is taking the industry by storm with it’s ability to hear the smallest gold as well as bigger stuff like no VLF detector before it. Folks new to this are very quickly finding their first nugget and with a price of under 800.00 most folks can afford this little beast.

The best part is that gold is still being found with detectors even if it isn’t near as “easy” as it once was mostly because access is becoming more and more limited to someone wanting to begin in prospecting without joining a club or buying a claim. This is mostly due to folks claiming up every bit of ground in most of the known placer areas of this country, why? well with gold around 1300.00 an ounce every flim-flam man, dreamer, sucker, and actual prospector are claiming all ground with any chance of there being a flake of gold in the ground!

There are more claims for sale on auction sites and website these days than I have ever seen and for high dollar with all kinds of promises of riches meant to widen the eyes of those with big dreams and deep pockets. Many buy these claims sight unseen and then want help later when they discover there is little profit to actually be made after investing into equipment and doing much backbreaking labor. Often out of frustration the claim is then dropped and reclaimed by the original seller to again be put up for sale!

These scams have always been around and always be as long as folks will fall for it, but with today’s gold prices it will become more and more common sadly. But the internet can also be a great educational tool and if these folks would do a few hours research before buying a claim and actually visit it to test the ground without the seller’s “help” much of this would simply stop.

For someone new to the hobby part of this education should come from joining one of many prospecting clubs across the country and getting out to see what mining and prospecting is really about. Many folks have never had a long term relationship with a #2 shovel and are amazed at how much hard work is involved in mining gold from it’s host material placer or hard rock. But right now there are places on many of the club claims I can use that I can take the family and camp overnight and run the drywasher recovering a couple grams of flakes and fines with the kids and grand kids. Yup takes some work, but sure is fun!

I have also started spending more time working with the drywasher by myself and have been doing pretty well for 6 to 8 hours worth of shoveling and I do not work so hard as to over do it most times. Heck with gold worth over 50.00 a gram it is fun to see a couple grams after a day in the Arizona desert just a few miles from home.

Yeah I know I was rambling some here, but I do that sometimes….

Good hunting out there, Bill

Tools? You Possess Them From Day One.

So you have over the last few years or months set yourself up to recover gold very efficiently…. Detector, sluice, pans, and other stuff ya found online or heard of others using and you are ready to hunt right? welllllllll maybe where are you going with your new stuff and why? Why what you say? what makes you think the spot you are going is “the one”? There are just a few questions you need to ask yourself my friends.

The thing is that in the year 2018 we have many more options with which to prospect for and recover gold. Yes I said recover, why? Your metal detector, sluice, #2 shovel, drywasher or any other gizmo you own only is able to find gold after YOU have done that yourself. Sorry folks, but ya can’t just “wing it” when it comes to gold prospect, nugget shooting, panning or any way you put it. You must do research like where they been, what they found, what did they find it with, how deep, and on and on and….

NO IT IS NOT EASY!!!!!!!!! sorry I yelled, but if you wans to become a prospector or miner there is allot of work involved and a multitude of was to process material once you feel it is worth time, fuel, equipment, and effort…. whoops I left out profit. Yep, yep I did because for the casual miner doing it for the pure enjoyment of spending time outdoors with friends is no looking for “profit” though it is the topic around many a campfire it may not be why you are even there.

Then you have the big buck miners that invest millions to make millions (or hope to) again the fact remains research and perhaps a tough of luck is the key to success. Always has been always will… You folks get lucky and hit it big tripping over an outcrop of gold, but more hit it big cramming their head full of the info to lead them to the metal they seek. Do you want to depend on luck or a little history, geology, and serious research?

I pick #2

I will save how for other posts or seminars I do, but YOU are the key to success, simple as that.


The New Blog…

I had another blog several years back and somehow lost all access to it except online as a reader and not administration which quickly became frustrating so I built this new one and hopefully will not lose it as well, but who knows. So if you see some stuff from time to time that sounds familiar it is because I am migrating some of my older writings over to this new site to re-share in my never ending quest to help others find gold nuggets.

So bear with me as I rebuild and I as before hope to lend a hand in helping you get over that first gold nugget with education, photos, ramblings, and some BS. I like to write and having a blog to post to helps keep me busy anyway….

So follow if ya want to read some of the stuff I don’t post elsewhere like Facebook or the Nugget Shooter Forums

I hope to see you in the goldfields….

Welcome to the Fever….

This is a new blog since somehow I lost access to my other one and I am adding this site in my continued effort to help others to find GOLD with a metal detector. I have been at this for almost 30 years now and have found pounds of gold nuggets metal detecting in the Southwestern United States. So please check in often for more advise, stories, and educational materials to help YOU find gold nuggets of your own. Though this blog is not all fancy and fluffy, here you will learn many of the methods and secrets of the pros and perhaps get a chuckle now and then.

So put this in your favorites and check back often…. Good Hunting.