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Guide To Successful Gold Hunting / Prospecting Tips

by Aline Mutch (2020-07-28)

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If you want to become a lot more successful at gold prospecting or gold nugget prospecting, the first thing to realise is that good research can make your job a lot easier whilst out in the field.  Widespread internet availability today makes your research a whole lot easier and there is a great deal of information out there that you can search for.  Another good resource of information is the local library in the area where you plan to go gold prospecting.  Another aspect not to overlook is research via old books on the subject or even the diaries of old gold miners if you can find these.  All of these avenues will eventually turn up for you, some awesome information and greatly increase your chances of finding a spot where you can find worthwhile deposits of gold that will be worth your time, locating and finding for yourself.

What else can you do?

Try finding old newspapers, old bulletins and geological books about mining, especially for gold.  Geological maps can also help you in your search and you should be able able to find these too, via your local state university, another option.  There is an old saying which goes along the lines of, 'To find gold, go where gold has already been found'.  So, try and find out where the placer workings were located, and try to find spots that others might have overlooked.  Also contact governmental agencies in the area where you intend to prospect as all these avenues will assist you in your such to one degree or another.  Also contact any geology and prospecting clubs or associations in the area where you intend to start prospecting and don't be afraid to ask of those members questions relevant to the subject, remember, most people like to talk about subjects which they have a passion for and sometimes depending on the circumstances, they may give you some really good pointers on good places to prospect for gold.

Remember also to always make sure that in the area where you intend to start your gold prospecting that you have in advance all the required permissions from the land owner and don't be surprised if s/he is very annoyed with you, if you do not seek this permission first.  It is polite and common courtesy to ask first.  Again preparation is key.  Driving long distances only to find out the land status does not permit gold prospecting can be very disheartening.  If you do your research in advance, many of these kind of problems can be overcome which will aid vastly to your overall enjoyment whilst prospecting for gold nuggets out in the field.

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