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What is your favorite gold prospecting activity?

Panning
18
17%
Sluicing
14
13%
Metal Detecting
5
5%
High Banking
7
7%
Dredging
43
41%
Hard Rock Prospecting
6
6%
Mossing/Sniping
6
6%
Playing with your own gold
6
6%
 
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What's your favorite gold prospecting activity?

Postby shack » Sun Mar 30, 2014 9:33 am

Gold prospecting is a hobby with a broad range of activities. What's your favorite?

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Re: What's your favorite gold prospecting activity?

Postby Moorsey » Sun Mar 30, 2014 11:45 am

Shack you left off my favorite looking at and playing with " MY GOLD "
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Re: What's your favorite gold prospecting activity?

Postby Anglosaxon » Sun Mar 30, 2014 3:33 pm

maybe add ,mossing and crevising
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Re: What's your favorite gold prospecting activity?

Postby Anglosaxon » Sun Mar 30, 2014 3:37 pm

And i would probably pick dredging along with most others but cant really be a favorite if we don't have a dredge.I knew dredging would win by a landslide.Imo the best is what takes less effort and show most gains.
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Re: What's your favorite gold prospecting activity?

Postby shack » Sun Mar 30, 2014 4:20 pm

I added those ones mentioned.

Edit: Modifying the post slicks the votes. You'll have to vote again!
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Re: What's your favorite gold prospecting activity?

Postby Gold Seeker » Sun Mar 30, 2014 5:53 pm

There're too many choices :shock: , I like them all :lol: , but since I could only pick one, it was dredging. :D
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Re: What's your favorite gold prospecting activity?

Postby sanman » Sun Mar 30, 2014 7:46 pm

Well, my true love is to build it and make it work...most would be in the dredging department...
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Re: What's your favorite gold prospecting activity?

Postby Darin » Sun Mar 30, 2014 9:32 pm

I picked Dredging not because the amount of material I can move with my 4", I like being under water seeing what I'm dredging, the different layers etc. I think its relaxing, easy to lose track of time and stay down for hours.
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Re: What's your favorite gold prospecting activity?

Postby greendave » Mon Mar 31, 2014 11:04 am

I'm in the same boat, I chose dredging, not because i own one, but i've done it a handful of times to know there's nothing like chasing bedrock cracks.
BUT...

Metal detecting is an interesting topic. I've been fortunate enough to swing coils in the Desert SW many times. All the hours and miles of walking, digging trash, digging good targets only to be highly disappointed surely add up. But i've been fortunate enough to get a coil over two nuggets, my first one was 1.34 grams several years back and that was surely fun, but just recently i scored a 0.26ozt nugget, 14" deep. It was just a faint whisper when i first heard it, then digging down 2-3 inches, a louder signal, then getting deeper and deeper into undisturbed ground, signal getting louder and louder, wanting to swing the pick frantically but being patient so as to not damage the nugget, to getting the pinpointer out, to finally unearthing the nugget.....that was the single biggest rush by far, in my prospecting/rockhounding life. All in all the process took about 20 minutes or so, a nice quick workout for the ol' heartbeat.....then back to frustration knowing there's more on the same hillside, just can't seem to find em :)


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Re: What's your favorite gold prospecting activity?

Postby l1ranger » Mon Mar 31, 2014 11:27 am

i had to go with panning, but specifically cleanup back home with the pans.

im sluicing on the creek, but love the cleanup. as the trash washes off and the specks start to show through the black sands, good times.
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Re: What's your favorite gold prospecting activity?

Postby adawg » Mon Mar 31, 2014 4:27 pm

Yeah, had to go with dredging, but a day on the creek with little more than a pan and shovel is good times too ..
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Re: What's your favorite gold prospecting activity?

Postby shack » Mon Mar 31, 2014 4:39 pm

I went with dredging as my favorite, although any kind of gold prospecting is just fine by me! :D
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Re: What's your favorite gold prospecting activity?

Postby kruzman » Thu Apr 03, 2014 8:43 am

This is a hard question as I love all of it. However, panning allows me to take advantage of every opportunity to come my way as I can take it with me, have one in the car, etc. and only requires a puddle of water, makes no noise to disturb my peace and quite in the outdoors, etc that it probably needs to be listed first. When work just starts to suck so bad that you need to get away for an hour, nothing beats just sitting on the bank in the shade with a pan, or walking along the river observing how the water has modified the land around it, and re-deposited material.
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Re: What's your favorite gold prospecting activity?

Postby shack » Sat May 21, 2016 6:30 pm

This poll has been up for some time and has almost 100 responses. I think it's neat to see the diversity of they hobby and see how a broad swath of prospectors like to enjoy all aspects of gold prospecting. Cool!
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