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    Sniping for Gold

    Hello everyone!

    It's been quite some time since I've been on the forums. I took an extended break from the site and hadn't been out to prospect much but I'm back to prospecting regularly and plan on making videos for the first time Today I went out and did some sniping at an old spot. Didn't get an amazing amount but I was just happy to get something decent on camera for my first video hope you guys enjoy


    <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lb3tmFcpkE&amp;feature=youtu.be" target="_blank">
    Last edited by NuggetN8; Jul 27, 2019 at 06:38 PM. Reason: Video wasn't showing up in the thread only the link.

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    Sweet. If you don't mind me asking. Did that come off your mining claim, private property, or open public ground?
    I always find it interesting to see what percentage of the gold found (especially by sniping) comes from non-claimed public lands vs private property/mining claims.

    Also without giving away your location. What river or area of N. Ca. are you tromping around?

    Northern California means different things to different people
    Assuming the American River?

    I'm asking this prior to watching the video.
    Last edited by IMAUDIGGER; Jul 30, 2019 at 08:15 PM.
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    It came from non claimed public ground. Yes you are correct, it is a part of the American River.

    Quote Originally Posted by IMAUDIGGER View Post
    Sweet. If you don't mind me asking. Did that come off your mining claim, private property, or open public ground?
    I always find it interesting to see what percentage of the gold found (especially by sniping) comes from non-claimed public lands vs private property/mining claims.

    Also without giving away your location. What river or area of N. Ca. are you tromping around?

    Northern California means different things to different people
    Assuming the American River?

    I'm asking this prior to watching the video.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NuggetN8 View Post
    It came from non claimed public ground. Yes you are correct, it is a part of the American River.
    Nice looking river. Never been there. I couldn't tell from the video...were you snorkeling or did you have air?
    Sorry for all the questions.
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    I was using a snorkel. I would have spent a lot more time in the water if I had air. I sniped all reachable bedrock then switched to crevicing when I ran out of places to look. The bedrock dropped off very fast in most spots 6-10+ feet down so there was a narrow strip along the edge that was shallow enough to snipe with the equipment I had. Questions are good! That's what makes sites like this great. Can talk to others and learn from each other's experiences.

    Quote Originally Posted by IMAUDIGGER View Post
    Nice looking river. Never been there. I couldn't tell from the video...were you snorkeling or did you have air?
    Sorry for all the questions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NuggetN8 View Post
    I was using a snorkel. I would have spent a lot more time in the water if I had air. I sniped all reachable bedrock then switched to crevicing when I ran out of places to look. The bedrock dropped off very fast in most spots 6-10+ feet down so there was a narrow strip along the edge that was shallow enough to snipe with the equipment I had. Questions are good! That's what makes sites like this great. Can talk to others and learn from each other's experiences.
    Always wanted to go down with a little weight and some air and spend some time at the bottom of some of those holes. Just don't know if I have it in me. Never liked diving deeper than 4-5 feet. Have plenty of legal spots to do it.

    Heard numerous accounts of gold coins being dredged up back when it was legal.
    Never know what might be jammed into the bedrock.
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    I've always wanted to as well. I'd just be concerned with the current and not having somebody to spot me while I'm down there! Definitely opens up the potential to reach spots others haven't in quite some time.

    Quote Originally Posted by IMAUDIGGER View Post
    Always wanted to go down with a little weight and some air and spend some time at the bottom of some of those holes. Just don't know if I have it in me. Never liked diving deeper than 4-5 feet. Have plenty of legal spots to do it.

    Heard numerous accounts of gold coins being dredged up back when it was legal.
    Never know what might be jammed into the bedrock.

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    I was sniping on the American river watershed this past weekend in wild and scenic designated areas. Did pretty good -Similar to NuggetN8, the bedrock drops off pretty steep in most areas... however I did find a spot where the river flattens and I could access some bedrock toward the middle of the river (IT WAS LOADED). Got about 3-4 grams in 2 hours and plan on getting back out there this weekend to get some more! I also found one of those Chinese coins with the square cut out the middle of it... unfortunately I damaged it as I tried to get it out of the crack it was stuck in...That's what I get for rushing!

    Sniping is my preferred method of mining this time of year. It's too damn hot to be panning outside, especially with a long hike to cap the day.

    Good luck out there NuggetN8!!!

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    Sounds like a great spot! Sniping is very nice during the summer with high temps. Very lucky find on the coin! I haven't found one of those while sniping before. Thanks for sharing the story and good luck to you too!!

    Quote Originally Posted by SchoolOfHardRocks View Post
    I was sniping on the American river watershed this past weekend in wild and scenic designated areas. Did pretty good -Similar to NuggetN8, the bedrock drops off pretty steep in most areas... however I did find a spot where the river flattens and I could access some bedrock toward the middle of the river (IT WAS LOADED). Got about 3-4 grams in 2 hours and plan on getting back out there this weekend to get some more! I also found one of those Chinese coins with the square cut out the middle of it... unfortunately I damaged it as I tried to get it out of the crack it was stuck in...That's what I get for rushing!

    Sniping is my preferred method of mining this time of year. It's too damn hot to be panning outside, especially with a long hike to cap the day.

    Good luck out there NuggetN8!!!

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    Wild and Scenic doesn't mean it can't have claims on it. If your finding good gold, maybe look at filing a claim? I'm actually amazed there is any stretch of a river like that which wouldn't already be claimed if it had bedrock (much less chunky gold).
    Wilderness area..I could understand.
    Last edited by IMAUDIGGER; Jul 31, 2019 at 07:36 PM.
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    There's actually quite a bit of land around the American River that is public but not claimable. Most of the non claimable public areas are becoming extremely strict on what tools you're allowed to use though "Hands and pans" only becoming a common rule. So basically not even a shovel or scraping tool to clean crevices out are allowed. Which is why I love sniping for those areas. If anyone asks you're snorkeling and looking at the fish

    Quote Originally Posted by IMAUDIGGER View Post
    Wild and Scenic doesn't mean it can't have claims on it. If your finding good gold, maybe look at filing a claim? I'm actually amazed there is any stretch of a river like that which wouldn't already be claimed if it had bedrock (much less chunky gold).
    Wilderness area..I could understand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NuggetN8 View Post
    There's actually quite a bit of land around the American River that is public but not claimable. Most of the non claimable public areas are becoming extremely strict on what tools you're allowed to use though "Hands and pans" only becoming a common rule. So basically not even a shovel or scraping tool to clean crevices out are allowed. Which is why I love sniping for those areas. If anyone asks you're snorkeling and looking at the fish
    I see. Lucky/unlucky for you.

    That's what the people tell my dad when their sniping his mining claims. Just looking at the fish (with sniping tools hanging off their belts).
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    Quote Originally Posted by IMAUDIGGER View Post
    Wild and Scenic doesn't mean it can't have claims on it. If your finding good gold, maybe look at filing a claim? I'm actually amazed there is any stretch of a river like that which wouldn't already be claimed if it had bedrock (much less chunky gold).
    Wilderness area..I could understand.
    There are withdrawls due to management plans

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    Quote Originally Posted by IMAUDIGGER View Post
    Wild and Scenic doesn't mean it can't have claims on it. If your finding good gold, maybe look at filing a claim? I'm actually amazed there is any stretch of a river like that which wouldn't already be claimed if it had bedrock (much less chunky gold).
    Wilderness area..I could understand.
    Land Matters has created a Wild and Scenic Rivers map. Click for information on any segment of the designated rivers and you will get a link to the Congressional Act that created that segment. Look around your favorite river segment and read the law provided and I think you will be surprised at just what can be claimed.

    Better than just guessing.

    Heavy Pans
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clay Diggins View Post
    Land Matters has created a Wild and Scenic Rivers map. Click for information on any segment of the designated rivers and you will get a link to the Congressional Act that created that segment. Look around your favorite river segment and read the law provided and I think you will be surprised at just what can be claimed.

    Better than just guessing.

    Heavy Pans
    Another situation that can occur is the existence of claims which pre-date the action which affected the ability to file new claims.

    Nothing is ever simple.

    Your gathering a lot of useful information together in one spot.
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