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January 2, 2017

Secret Finding Gold Nuggets

by oakley711

Secret Finding Gold Nuggets


What’s the best way for the weekend gold prospector to find some gold nuggets? Many gold prospectors agree that first you have to be in an area where gold was found before. Once you’re in these old Goldfields you’ll see a lot of past gold mining activity. Naturally, for safety sake stay away from the old mines they could turn out to be real death traps.

I should say before going out to an area to look for gold, check to be sure that it’s public or BLM land and that you are allowed to gold hunt in that area. It’s best to check with the local BLM office. Also, there are many active gold claims in these areas. You do not want to be claim jumping. So, do your research first, before heading out and be sure to stay off active claims and private land.

gold dry washer

What you should be looking for are the classic signs that people were using a gold washer in the past.  Gold dry washers leave a distinct signature of very fine dirt within a couple feet of a pile of rocks. These rocks didn’t go through the screen on the dry washer and just fell off into a pile. The fine dirt went all the way through the machine  and so the majority of the gold has been extracted from it.

gold dry wash pile

gold dry wash pile

What you should do is have a heavy duty steel rake and rake down the pile of rocks that came off of the dry washer. The vast majority of dry washers either forget to do this or just don’t have a metal detector.

minelab GPZ 7000 #1 Secret Finding Gold Nuggets

Mnelab GPZ 7000 gold detector

If the dry wash piles are really big, most likely  they were finding gold in that area. So it’s a good bet that if you take your detector over the smoothed out rock piles, you might get a signal from rocks that contain gold and were too big to go through the machine screen.

Arizona gold in quartz gold specimen

Arizona gold in quartz

Usually, the older the dry wash piles all our the better chance of you finding some gold, because the old-timers techniques were not very sophisticated.

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