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    Feb 2013
    Arizona
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    Your First Ounce - How long did it take?

    I am just starting out in gold prospecting, and I am curious the time scale of what to expect.
    How long did it take you to collect your first ounce of gold? (including all the flakes pickers and fine gold etc)
    If you haven't found an ounce yet, how long has it taken you to get as much as you have?
    And how often do you go out prospecting? I am hoping to get out every weekend.

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    us
    Sep 2012
    Tujunga, CA
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    Depends very much on where you are and what equipment you are using.

    I consistantly get around buck or two a day sluicing in the local wash. After about two years I've amassed about a hundred $$ worth.

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ID:	737219this is my take since I started. I've been actually panning and or sluicing about ten times in maybe two years with major shoulder surgery thrown in there last March. My dad passed,mom was put on oxygen 24/7, and all the other things that go along with having a wonderful life. 3 almost grown sons,2 still in high school, a fantastic wife. All the things that get in the way of anybody's hobby,but I'll keep trying, hope to get out more this year. All the help I've received from this site should make me at least a more informed prospector.

    good luck and good hunting

    OBD
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    Oct 2012
    Southern California
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    Quote Originally Posted by greenpan View Post
    I am just starting out in gold prospecting, and I am curious the time scale of what to expect.
    How long did it take you to collect your first ounce of gold? (including all the flakes pickers and fine gold etc)
    If you haven't found an ounce yet, how long has it taken you to get as much as you have?
    And how often do you go out prospecting? I am hoping to get out every weekend.
    First of all the last part of your quote that you're hoping to get out every weekend makes me jealous. As a working stiff with the family, and a gold miner for the last 15 or so years, I feel great if I can get out go Mining five times a year. One of my last jobs kept me from mining for over two years.
    Right now I'm unemployed so I'm able to go mining a little more than normal. My only drawback is my finances are a lot less than when I was working. Looking back at all the gold I found in the desert and in the mountain streams I have to honestly say I have never had a whole ounce of gold. I'm always hoping, I came close a couple times, but even my total amount of gold that I've collected in my life would not equal an ounce.
    My total amount of flakes and fine gold dried out and weighed totals 4.5 g., and that covers all my mining adventures. only 26.5 g more of gold to get to a Troy ounce. The good news is that it's constantly changing. I'm doing a clean up right now of three buckets of classified desert material that came from the north Mojave desert area. This material had good gold and I found some really good pieces, I should say We found some really good pieces, my partner Tim and I ran 27 buckets in the dry washer, so I'm hopeful this material will present a good amount as well. He is also here on TNet- TDB79 - One of the reasons that I am more hopeful to go mining more is that I'm joining the club that controls the claim were mining on. A great bunch of guys. One of the best times ever had without a lot of women around. I have nothing against the fairer sex, I married one myself. Ann and I did go to another desert spot together before this last outing and had a blast with some friends who just bought the property which is about 25 miles NE. of Barstow. They plan to retire there. Most the time I'm mining solo up at the East Fork San Gabriel River.
    I've been to a lot of different rivers and mountain areas, but the the East Fork San Gabriel River is the best and closest mining area for me.
    And I like to post pictures. Here is what we found in the desert.
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    You can see this gold is very coarse, placer gold from the rivers is more rounded and has a slightly different luster. But gold is gold is gold, and I can't wait to get back up there and find some more.
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    Author of a book about finding gold in Colorado

    Jan 2012
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    I get about 1/10 gram per hour on a good day in metro Denver, sometimes less than half that of course. So an ounce here will take 300-1000 hours work with your sluice. Gotta hit the mountains to get more faster I suppose ;-)
    Last edited by KevinInColorado; Feb 08, 2013 at 12:00 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldbrundogg View Post
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ID:	737219this is my take since I started. I've been actually panning and or sluicing about ten times in maybe two years with major shoulder surgery thrown in there last March. My dad passed,mom was put on oxygen 24/7, and all the other things that go along with having a wonderful life. 3 almost grown sons,2 still in high school, a fantastic wife. All the things that get in the way of anybody's hobby,but I'll keep trying, hope to get out more this year. All the help I've received from this site should make me at least a more informed prospector.

    good luck and good hunting

    OBD
    Good deal, OBD! And I hope others get the message.... FAMILY FIRST! TTC
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    Feb 2008
    N. Nevada
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    For me, It's not about how much I get, but how much fun I have getting it.
    I try to get out a couple of times a month and a dwt is a good day.

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    Feb 2012
    Prather CA
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    us
    Sep 2012
    Oroville
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    I believe more people out there having fun and good times finding little to nil gold than there are folks counting up their ounces. If the latter happens well a big whoopty doo!! But best to find enjoyment in the former .
    Just my little flake of wisdom

    OBD

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    Feb 2010
    Black Hills, South Dakota
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    Hi greenpan and welcome.
    No one can give you a time scale of what to expect. As said before, alot depends on where you are at. Some lucky sods can hit an ounce first time out. I heard of a local guy where I live found an ounce a day in a local canyon in a week. 99% of us aren't that lucky. If you can get out every weekend you definately increase you odds. It all has to do with the ground, equipment, and amout of material proccessed. There is no magic number for time. Too many people these days get into mining thinking they will have a few ounces in a few outings and it is just so easy. Just dig a hole and pan or sluice it and there is the gold.Not that easy my friend. It takes alot of research as where to go, what to look for, what equipment is best suited for this spot, and then the hard work starts. DIGGING! So if you think you will find an ounce in some kind of time fram you are setting yourself up for major disappointment. That being said good luck and happy mining.

    B H Prospector

  11. #11

    Feb 2013
    Arizona
    5
    Prospecting
    Quote Originally Posted by Hemisteve View Post
    For me, It's not about how much I get, but how much fun I have getting it.
    I try to get out a couple of times a month and a dwt is a good day.
    Yea true I will definitely have fun out there, but filling up a vial with pretty yellow rocks also seems fun.

  12. #12

    Sep 2012
    Southern California
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aurabbit79er

    First of all the last part of your quote that you're hoping to get out every weekend makes me jealous. As a working stiff with the family, and a gold miner for the last 15 or so years, I feel great if I can get out go Mining five times a year. One of my last jobs kept me from mining for over two years.
    Right now I'm unemployed so I'm able to go mining a little more than normal. My only drawback is my finances are a lot less than when I was working. Looking back at all the gold I found in the desert and in the mountain streams I have to honestly say I have never had a whole ounce of gold. I'm always hoping, I came close a couple times, but even my total amount of gold that I've collected in my life would not equal an ounce.
    My total amount of flakes and fine gold dried out and weighed totals 4.5 g., and that covers all my mining adventures. only 26.5 g more of gold to get to a Troy ounce. The good news is that it's constantly changing. I'm doing a clean up right now of three buckets of classified desert material that came from the north Mojave desert area. This material had good gold and I found some really good pieces, I should say We found some really good pieces, my partner Tim and I ran 27 buckets in the dry washer, so I'm hopeful this material will present a good amount as well. He is also here on TNet- TDB79 - One of the reasons that I am more hopeful to go mining more is that I'm joining the club that controls the claim were mining on. A great bunch of guys. One of the best times ever had without a lot of women around. I have nothing against the fairer sex, I married one myself. Ann and I did go to another desert spot together before this last outing and had a blast with some friends who just bought the property which is about 25 miles NE. of Barstow. They plan to retire there. Most the time I'm mining solo up at the East Fork San Gabriel River.
    I've been to a lot of different rivers and mountain areas, but the the East Fork San Gabriel River is the best and closest mining area for me.
    And I like to post pictures. Here is what we found in the desert.
    <img src="http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=737307"/>
    You can see this gold is very coarse, placer gold from the rivers is more rounded and has a slightly different luster. But gold is gold is gold, and I can't wait to get back up there and find some more.
    Nice looking gold there bud!!

  13. #13
    us
    May 2012
    Kent, Wa.
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    i would love to tell you how long it took me to get my first ounce, but i am still working on the first gram or so & its been over a year & 1/2.
    if i even have a gram. Gold is small where i prospect, until this coming springtime when i go to a claim that had larger & better deposits rather than the public lands i slave away on.

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    Yea, I was 10, when I found my first 4oz nugget. I posted the story somewhere here, the gold nugget or it's on my facebook page. We used to gather up nuggets from all over the river and shoot them out of our sling shots or we would throw them out into the river and then go and dive for them again and again. We had piles of nuggets back then but gold was $35 an oz..
    Here's the direct fb link to the story, it just says facebook but it's to the story and pictorial & it's open to the public. I have a lot of stories listed under my album section but they can't be read on most mobile phone as they are too long

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    Well I just found sniping last year and had only panned off and on before that.
    If you start from Sniping, right at about the 1 month mark I had 1oz of my own (Not including my wifes) and that was after moving downstream to the 2nd hole.
    Check out my Gold Sniping video's. http://www.youtube.com/CrainRacing

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    Now I know why ducks do it!
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