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    us
    Feb 2015
    Montana
    Garrett Gold Hunter
    62
    5 times
    Prospecting

    Western montana gold hounds ?

    Is there anyone in montana I'm new to the gold prospecting and looking to learn as much as I can

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    us
    Apr 2013
    Helena, Montana
    Xterra 705 Gold Pack, Garrett pro pointer
    267
    140 times
    Metal Detecting and Prospecting
    There is a few of us here. Welcome.

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    us
    Feb 2015
    Montana
    Garrett Gold Hunter
    62
    5 times
    Prospecting
    Awesome glad to hear and thank you this is a great forum

  4. #4
    us
    Jan 2014
    NW Montana
    168
    92 times
    Prospecting
    Yep a few. Went out detecting last sunday with a fellow I found on tnet. Heck of a nice guy! Having moved here a couple years ago its nice to find others close by to share knowledge, stories and make new friends that enjoy the same hobbies.
    Thereís gold, and itís haunting and haunting;
    Itís luring me on as of old;
    Yet it isnít the gold that Iím wanting
    So much as just finding the gold.

    Robert Service


    I will fight socialism

    until hell freezes over

    Then I will

    fight it on the ice!

  5. #5
    us
    Feb 2015
    Montana
    Garrett Gold Hunter
    62
    5 times
    Prospecting
    I grew up here and love to be out exploring kinda cool guys can get together and share there knowledge of the area

  6. #6
    us
    Feb 2015
    Montana
    Garrett Gold Hunter
    62
    5 times
    Prospecting
    Dashriprock what's the most effective way you have found gold I'm new to it I have a little stream sluice and have only found a very small amount of gold

  7. #7
    us
    Jan 2014
    NW Montana
    168
    92 times
    Prospecting
    I have a couple different sluices and I use them regularly. I've found more gold with a sluice than any other method so far. I usually sample pan until I find a good enough spot to set up a sluice.
    I was born and lived in sturgis, south dakota and I explored and hunted throughout the black hills ever chance I got. I got gold fever when I was 13 watching some older guys sluicing and panning. They told and showed me where the gold likes to hide along the creek. Some creeks in the area seemed to have gold everywhere. Sample pans in some spots showed 2 or 3 specks while other spots the pans would show 10 to 20 specks along with an 1/8" flake or two. Those spots were where those guys would set up their classifying screens and sluices. I learned then to not just set up anywhere. Sampling different spots I have found is always a good idea. Why would you want to just look at a spot and say " this looks good" and shovel all day for just a few specks in your pan? I wouldn't and don't. I want to get the most gold for all that hard work I do.
    Can't say for Montana but the creeks I had the best luck at in South Dakota had hematite in them because it's heavy. Usually the more hematite pieces I found in my sluice or pan mean't more gold. Same with sizes of hematite. Bigger ones I usually found bigger gold. I only found this to be true in the northern hills. I found gold in the central and southern hills but it was for the most part small specks..almost like it had been ground up. I'm just taking in the streambeds. River/creek gravels higher up away from the current stream and also cracks and crevices in bedrock had all different sizes of gold.
    Long winded reply...sorry... but I would say learn what you can of the area you want to prospect and sample,sample sample. If your good at panning you can run through a sample pan in a couple three minutes...doesn't take long and it pays off at the end of the day.
    Since you grew up here maybe you could show me a few places where we can fill our pans with some of that yellow metal. I've been prospecting for a long time and was south dakota state director for the gpaa for 10 years and would be willing to help you anytime.....just holler. Good luck!
    Last edited by dashriprock; Feb 22, 2015 at 02:56 AM.
    Thereís gold, and itís haunting and haunting;
    Itís luring me on as of old;
    Yet it isnít the gold that Iím wanting
    So much as just finding the gold.

    Robert Service


    I will fight socialism

    until hell freezes over

    Then I will

    fight it on the ice!

  8. #8
    us
    Feb 2015
    Montana
    Garrett Gold Hunter
    62
    5 times
    Prospecting
    Awesome I will for sure I think your north of me but we could figure out something thank you for the offer and I have been doing some homework on the history of the area and have test panned and only found a few specks but still having fun and that's what its really about
    dashriprock likes this.

  9. #9
    us
    Feb 2015
    Montana
    Garrett Gold Hunter
    62
    5 times
    Prospecting
    Are you a member of the gpaa still I have been looking at joining but wasn't sure what claims they had in my area thought it would be cool to meet people with more experience and learn a bunch me and my fiancť love to get out and look for gold I just picked up a very old Garrett metal detector but it seems to work well so she's excited to try that out soon

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    Apr 2014
    59
    56 times
    I'm in missoula just kind starting out. Did lots of exploring and have some ideas for this summer.

  11. #11
    us
    Feb 2015
    Montana
    Garrett Gold Hunter
    62
    5 times
    Prospecting
    Awesome I'm in the root and kinda doing the same

  12. #12

    Apr 2014
    59
    56 times
    I know of a few places to find gold, but They are very well known by the public. Have been out at all?

  13. #13
    us
    Feb 2015
    Montana
    Garrett Gold Hunter
    62
    5 times
    Prospecting
    I haven't been since last summer

  14. #14

    Apr 2014
    59
    56 times
    How did you do? What type of equipment do you have?

  15. #15
    us
    Feb 2015
    Montana
    Garrett Gold Hunter
    62
    5 times
    Prospecting
    Found a small amount of flake I have a stream sluice some pans a very old metal detector that is yet to be used and I was able to put together a high banker set up just the other day so gearing up for summer outings
    dashriprock likes this.

 

 
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