Good source for panning for gold?

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  1. HollowHead

    HollowHead Firm member

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    As if I don't have enough hobbies already, but I'd like to try panning. Is there a good publication or reputable web resource for a beginner to access? Most of the sites I've found through casual surfing want you to by four-digit sluices, pumps, F-350s, magnetometers, German triple balance-beam scales, etc. I just want to hit the streams here with a garage sale wok and a six-pack. Thanks. HH
     
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    This is one of my things. It is actually very simple to learn.

    Gold is heavy. thus it is almost always on the bottom. Learn to dig.

    That is about it. Everything else is a detail. Enjoy the beer.
     

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    Thanks, and very helpful. I couldn't find it in quick search, but are you allowed to pan in national parks? Yellowstone is across the street. HH
     
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    Don't know for sure about panning in the park. I have an old mine claim book that I can check to see if GPAA has any claims in your area. It's a few years old but it will give you an idea if anything is close.
     
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    Javelin Got Glock? Silver Member

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    Go dig up your garden. Let us know if you find something. :supergrin:
     
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    I bought two pans at Sportsmans Warehouse years ago. One small and one larger. Had a whole seven dollars invested. Still haven't had a return on investment yet.
     
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    Probably a higher concentration of gold in the junk cellphones and electronics at the average garage sale.

    Problem is the sellers get PO'd if you sit it there driveway drinking beer while burning off wire insulation and melting down circuit boards. ;)
     
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    It's fun looking though.:cool:
     
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    Drinking whiskey and scanning creek beds for arrow heads and shark teeth would probably be more productive. Profit wise and buzz wise.
     
  11. Dennis in MA

    Dennis in MA Get off my lawn

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    [JackHoffman]You gotta faaaahnd the gluryyyy'ole! It's that simple.[/JackHoffman]
     
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    certifiedfunds Cosmopolitan Bias

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    Buy some gold shot from one of the online dealers.

    Pay someone you trust to go sprinkle it in a pre-determined area of a creekbed before you go.

    Make sure beer is good and cold.

    Have a great afternoon!
     
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    What state do you live in? In Washington State, most of the streams in the Cascades have gold. Lots of fun. A gold pan is cheap, I also have a plastic sluice box that allows more gravel to be processed. The more difficult the digging, the more gold you will find. Easy sand has little gold. The closer to bedrock you can get will have the most gold and larger nuggets.
     
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    You raised my interest so I decided to check the stream behind the house.


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    I live in south central Montana on the Wyoming line. There's a long legacy of gold around here. HH
     
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    I spent the better part of a summer panning for Gold in Idaho. All we had was a gold pan and a small shovel. Didn't find enough to even pay for our trip but we found some.

    It's really easy. I'm sure there's a YouTube video on how to pan.

    As far as where to go...when I went there wasn't an Internet yet so I got geological maps from the US Geological Survey.

    The easiest way to start is to use the geological maps to do two things. First look for any hard-rock gold mining claims. Then look for streams and rivers that are in the same water head as those claims. There will be a pretty good chance you will find at least some gold in the streams downhill from those claims. Just be sure you are not actually on the claim itself.

    Have fun. It can become addicting.
     
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    Dennis in MA Get off my lawn

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    Years ago, I was in Zortman, MT PD-hunting. There are a few summertime miners there. This is back when gold was $300/oz. Some guy goes into the restaurant there and the waitress had him come over to show his "nugget." I think it was 1/5th an ounce.

    "How often do you get a nugget that big?" I asked.

    "Oh, you might see two or three this big in your lifetime."

    At the time, it was $60.