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  1. #1
    Feb 2013
    Thousand Oaks, CA
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    GPAA membership....worth it?

    New member to the forum here. Will take me weeks to go through all of the interesting posts, knowledge and experience from you all .
    I'm going to be stocking up on a backpack size gold prospecting kit (small sluice, pan etc etc), and I have really been considering joining the GPAA (if only for the mining guide and access to their claims).

    So, is it worth it? Are the claims so overworked that there is nothing there but specks?
    I am very interested in any GPAA members that have an opinion on this.
    I'm an avid watcher of Gold Fever (and all of the other gold shows for that matter), and obviously, that show is pretty much one huge commercial for the GPAA.

    Any thoughts/opinions/advice any of you have, I greatly appreciate it.


    Forgot to add. I'm in Southern Cali but will travel occasionally to Northern Cali a couple of times a year.

  2. #2
    Mar 2011
    Tucson, AZ
    Gold Bug 2
    181 times
    Yes, well worth it.

  3. #3
    Mar 2010
    Bull Shoals, AR
    MXT - BHID 300
    7 times
    I'm in the same boat, been thinking about the GPAA for awhile but, between the
    responses on this and other forums it's kind of a split decision about the GPAA.
    A lot of folks say it's a good deal others have stated it's a waste. I've seen some
    reruns of the show and as far as I'm concerned they need to get rid of that
    Massie character!

    I'm planning a trip to Tucson this fall and joining the local club for some
    recreational prospecting with my MD, just wondering if the GPAA claims
    overlap the local claims or are the GPAA and the local club's claims separate?

    "I wouldn't belong to any organization that would have me as a member"
    Mark Twain

  4. #4
    Jan 2010
    Colorado Springs, Colorado USA
    Whites GMT, Goldmaster Vsat, 5900, Bounty Hunter Discovery 3300 and Falcon MD-20.
    109 times
    Prospecting - Gold and Silver
    Keep in mind that even if you don't join the GPAA, you can still attend any GPAA chapter meetings for free. Going to a clubs meetings will give you a lot of insight as to how well people are doing prospecting, and you can go to any outing that are not on GPAA properties (here in Colorado Springs, we rarely go to GPAA sites for club outings - many club members go to GPAA sites on their own, however). If you feel that there is some value to the club, and you want to join the GPAA, then you can. At least half of the people that attend our clubs meetings are not GPAA members and probably will never be.

    There are other prospecting clubs in Colorado, and many of the people that come to our GPAA meetings are members of other prospecting clubs (getting at least twice the exposure to prospectors in the area). The benefit to you is that you will get to talk with people and learn what is specific to your area and maybe you can get invited on some trips where your odds of being successful at finding gold are improved.

    I find that I am always learning new things from other people.
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  5. #5
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    I can dig it! "WP"

    Mar 2007
    Bounty Hunter's, Whites TM 808, Whites GMT, Suction Dredges, Hand Dredges, Trommels, Gold Vacs, High Bankers, Fluid bed Gold Traps, Gold Pans, Sluices, Dry Washers, Miller Tables, Rp4 Shaker table etc
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    Cant beat the benefits for the price

    Long time GPAA member

  6. #6
    Aug 2012
    New River AZ
    Fisher Gold Bug 2, Whites Goldmaster GMT, Viper Vac, Tesoro Vaquero and a 30 year old Radio Shack Detector :)
    55 times
    Prospecting, Zuks, Trails, Casita SD, Geocaching,
    It's worth it in my opinion...... It gives you a place to practice your new hobby without being on someones private claim and the scenery is beautiful if nothing else........ there's a lot of land on those claims and just one of them would take at least a year to fully cover it. cheap insurance to be on a legal claim.

  7. #7
    Jul 2010
    154 times
    I've been a member since the mid '70's and no regrets at all. Even if you don't use the claims at least you have a starting place in an area.

  8. #8
    Charter Member
    Come out from under your bed today...... DO SOMETHING!

    Jun 2008
    Yarnell, AZ
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    YES, YES, YES! I have been a member for awhile. Actually the big one (LDMA). They have several claims in the El Paso mountains. Just NE of Mohave. Also Randsburg area. You will not regret it. But, like the metal detector, it ain't worth it if it goes into the closet. TTC
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  9. #9
    Just another Guy In Back

    Feb 2007
    The Mangrove Coast
    CTX 3030 / GTI 2500 / Infinium LS / Tesoro Sand Shark / 1 Garrett Pro-pointer / 1 Carrot / Vibra Probe 580 (out on loan) / Lesche M85 / Mark1 MOD1 EyeBall
    8325 times
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    I joined to get access to all the great sites in N.C. and Ga. and of course, the guide book.

    Not too thrilled at what's in there. I can find the pay for sites on the internet...

    Never panned before, so I thought this would be a good intro into it. Still undecided.

    I'm a HUGE fan of the Gold Fever show. I've learned a lot and really like the people on the show.
    Get up late... Start slow... Taper off...

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  10. #10
    Jan 2012
    325 times
    Well someone had to give a differing opinion, so here it is. I was a GPAA member in the early 80's. I do believe it is a good place for the novice to learn to pan and get some questions answered. That being said, most of the GPAA claims have been hammered hard. I know of a claim that GPAA acquired but before they announced it to all GPAA members, it appears that a few (maybe in the upper ranks of GPAA?) got news ahead of time and hit the claim hard, then announced it to the rest of us GPAA members. If you join, pay attention to the new claims that come in, they may have been hit by those in the know in GPAA but they will be the least hammered of the claims. Once you learn how to prospect and how to find un-claimed land, GPAA may not be the place to spend your money. As far as LDMA, the only claim I can really say much about is Italian Bar and that claim has been thoroughly gone through a couple dozen times since the early 1980's.
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  11. #11
    Feb 2010
    Black Hills, South Dakota
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    I would say yes if you use it. I have my own claims but still remain a member. Alot of claims have been used heavily but doesn't mean they are done. Good to have a place to go and learn. When I go to a GPAA claim I always run into a greenhorn and gladly help them out. You will find that you will get help also grom experianced members. As far as getting rid of that Massie guy, well it is pretty hard to get rid of the boss! His family started the GPAA and the LDMA and the Outdoor Channel.

    BH Prospector
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  12. #12
    Pannin' Fer Gold!! WolfPack="WP"

    Feb 2011
    Greenwood, SC
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    Quote Originally Posted by B H Prospector View Post
    As far as getting rid of that Massie guy, well it is pretty hard to get rid of the boss! His family started the GPAA and the LDMA and the Outdoor Channel.

    BH Prospector
    That's kinda the way I saw it when I read that about Tom Massie,,,,The way I understand it He runs the GPAA and his brother runs the LDMA..
    GODS, GUNS & GUTS made this COUNTRY FREE...I'll KEEP all THREE you can have the CHANGE!!!!!!!!!!

  13. #13
    Feb 2013
    Thousand Oaks, CA
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    Thanks everyone for your thoughts on this.
    One last greenhorn question: Once I've bought my equipment, paid my GPAA membership, paid the GPAA claim site fee, are there any other fees/costs (except for the usual gas/ food etc of course). I don't know if I need any kind of license here in California or anything.

  14. #14
    Mar 2010
    Bull Shoals, AR
    MXT - BHID 300
    7 times
    Yea, I know, read Massie's bio. a couple years ago. Don't mean to be over critical of the guy, he has been successful
    in his own right, think I'm just getting a little burned out watching to much "reality" TV.
    "I wouldn't belong to any organization that would have me as a member"
    Mark Twain

  15. #15
    Oct 2012
    Southern California
    A cheap little Bounty Hunter
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    The Buzzard( George Massie, who started GPAA and the Outdoor Channel.) got me to join after he passed away when I watched his TV show.
    I already wanted to learn mining. He convinced me it was worth it. He said I could pay $250.00 to a heath club or take his $3.00 shovel and I'll show you how to find gold in the deserts and mountains near where I live. So I called GPAA and paid $67.50 and got everything they said I would. I started going to the Gold shows (the Vegas one is the best) and met more miners and took classes at the show, came in second in a panning contest, Really had a great time. I have now been to 18 GPAA claims, and that's just in California. My membership has lapsed, but I still would join if I wasn't unemployed at the moment.
    Last edited by Aurabbit79er; Feb 05, 2013 at 10:37 PM.
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