Archive for the ‘Prospecting and Mining’ Category


Time For Change In BC

Is the B.C. Mining Regulations becoming a bit of a “tyranny” towards the small miner? I think so. There seems to be a decisive move afoot to start coming down on us in the typical way most government beaurocracy is famous for “Shock and Awe”!! We are now being targeted like the Sports Fisherman was […]

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Recreational Gold Panning Sites

In British Columbia. B.C. has designated several Recreational Gold Panning Sites within the province of B.C. where regular people (meaning those with no free miners license) can go and recreationally gold pan. These area’s allow only a hand pan and shovel, no other device is allowed, such as sluice, rocker box, dredge or other mechanical device.  I […]

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Testing The RotaPan

I have just ordered my first “RotaPan” from Australia, and I’ve been testing it on some gravel I had kicking around here that I had already put through my sluice-style concentrator, and some from my gold bowl. To my surprise, all the material I thought was cleaned out, produced yet even more gold. True, it […]

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MotherSucker Hand Dredge

Introducing the MotherSucker Hand Dredge, from Motherlodeprospecting.ca. This concept is pretty much universal and you can get them pretty much anywhere, but to find one that is has the ability to convert from a basic unit to a continuous feed system, is worth it’s weight in gold. Basically, the principal is simple. You take a […]

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Hand Suction Dredge

So, what about a hand suction dredge? We have all likely heard of, checked out, built or purchased a hand suction dredge for getting those gravels from the bottom of your holes, under boulders, off bedrock, etc. where your shovel just can’t go. Not only do you lose the gold that slips off your shovel […]

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Nugget Hunting

Millions of dollars in gold are being found worldwide by people nugget hunting with Metal Detectors.  In fact, I suspect there has now been more gold discovered by this method than what was recovered in the big Gold Rush of the 1800’s, and without the back breaking digging, sluicing and dredging that usually comes to […]

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How To Read A River For Placer Miner

How To Read A River Placer mining is not exactly difficult, but there are some things one should know before undertaking this fun and sometimes very lucrative venture.  Probably one of the most important things to learn for the placer miner is how to read a river when looking for hot spot gold deposits. Ideally, […]

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