Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Dredging Tips (and a Rant or Two, Part 2)

 (Keene Engineering 5" suction dredge with multi-stage sluice box recovery system.)

I'm back with more gold suction dredge tips for you. That, and a few more rants against the sheer idiocy of the petty bureaucrats, cheesy politicians, and lunatic fringe special interests who have essentially signed the death warrant on suction dredging in the western United States. May the black pox afflict their nether regions and may they all suffer 100 years of darkness, evil, and misfortune. (Read on and you'll see how I REALLY feel!)

Monday, October 5, 2015

Dredging Tips (and a Rant or Two, Part 1)

 (The most efficient gold getter.)

Some of you have hit me up via e-mail asking me why I seldom (if ever) write anything about suction dredging. It's a valid query and here's my two-part answer: 1) I don't dredge anymore, and 2) suction dredging is on its way out in the West and Southwest, never to be seen or heard from again. If you weren't aware of the latter you soon will me on that. Despite all this, I've put together some basic tips about suction dredging that may prove useful to you, so read on.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Sometimes It's a Game of Inches

 (Ma Nature is capricious but beautiful.)

At times small-scale gold mining and prospecting can be as rewarding as it is frustrating. One way of ensuring that you experience more rewards and less frustration in your mining and prospecting activities is understanding that, much like football, it's a game of inches. Read on and I'll explain what I mean.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Leave No Stone Unturned

Although small-scale gold miners who've been around the mining block for some time understand the importance of being thorough in their prospecting and mining activities, many newcomers fail to grasp the significance of this often overlooked detail. In mining and prospecting, the devil is in the details and you can bank on that fact.

Monday, September 21, 2015

"Sniffing" Out Junk Metal to Get the Gold (Part 2)

 (You couldn't ask for a more beautiful location to prospect.)

Some very good and highly informative comments were sent in regarding my earlier post in this series and I think some of you readers out there might want to take a look at them, especially if you're not well-versed in using a gold detector to "sniff" out potential placer gold deposition points. In this post I have a bit more to say in this regard and I have also included numerous photos of the location where my pard Ernie Martinez and I have been prospecting.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

"Sniffing" Out Junk Metal to Get the Gold

 (Fisher's Gold Bug Pro.)

Until just recently, I haven't had occasion to use my Fisher Gold Bug Pro much, although I have bench tested it and took it for a spin in the field on one occasion a couple of years back. However, over the past two months I've been swinging this great little detector at a placer site in Northern New, not for nuggets since this location contains only very small gold for the most part. What I'm learning is that the Gold Bug Pro is very good at "sniffing" out potential placer gold pockets and in this post I'll explain the details.