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« on: December 19, 2012, 02:27:12 am »
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Hello everyone! First off, I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I moved to Washington (courtesy of the Army) about a year ago and dove right into panning for gold with my best friend. I will tell anyone who wants to get into the search for ol' yeller to do 4 things:
1. Join a club. There are plenty local ones, like the Bedrock Prospectors (I am a member of this club as well as the GPAA). My finds are about an ounce of gold, some nails (newer ones), and a lot of bird shot and BBs.

2. when buying equipment, I bought mine from Cabelas. I bought the deluxe kit. Ditch the bag and replace it with a good backpack, procure several 5 gal buckets, a blue bowl (just google it), big shovel, small shovel, several different sizes of pry bars and hammers, several old big rusty flat head screwdrivers (garage sales are awesome!) and a lot of asprin/ pain reliever.

3. Buy some concentrates (ebay or from a local mine. There is one I go to near Blewett...$10 a scoop). This is not to "make a profit", the concentrates are for practice panning. Some split shot will do until you can get some paydirt to practice with.

4. Never go out prospecting without a partner. I almost got taken out by a rather large nasty boulder out on one of the claims. Kind of puts things in perspective.

I am looking at getting into detecting/ treasure hunting this next summer. Just need something to do once the last 2 kids' get out of the door to "institutions of higher learning"....at least in between soaking pots, salmon and deer.

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« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2012, 05:35:54 pm »
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 Welcome from NT Australia , goodluck searching . cheers Mick

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« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2012, 05:42:26 pm »
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Welcome from NM.    Sounds like you have a Handle on what you like.

Not a fan of the Blue Bowl but that's just a tick in the pan.

Yep, Not so Smart going out alone.  

Around these parts there are some  Squirrely Folks out there.

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« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2012, 08:13:37 pm »
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Blue bowl is ok...not a huge fan of it either. Mine is used at home...not good for the field. I like shooting squirrels, when the situation warrants it.

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« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2012, 08:34:24 pm »
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First of all, Thanks for your service and welcome from Kansas. Nice informative post! happy Hunting!

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Lugnut, welcome to the forum from the mountains of northeastern Oregon!   Welcome   Let me echo Poptop in thanking you for your service!    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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