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  1. that's weird. Let us know what you find out. Sorry if it's true.
  2. I agree, Hermit picks are the best picks I've ever used. I still have two original's made by Joeforthegold and I'm sure Bunk has carried on the suburb workmanship. Highly recommended.
  3. Nah don't worry about it Roger. Rob has the record - four of the same post below half way down the page, you're good...
  4. Thanks Rob…it shows why we're all doing this. Every once in a while we are rewarded beyond our wildest expectations.
  5. Hi Rob, in answer to your question I would indeed take as much gravel as possible out of that gulch and check the cracks out. I am basing this opinion on many years of river and creek dredging from the late 70's and early 80's. A gold bearing area usually begs for the bottom to be checked out. This is easily evidenced if you look back at what the original prospectors in the Sierra Nevada's did; they literally flumed rivers or changed their course, removed all the rocks and boulders - you can still see them stacked several stories high along some of the motherlode rivers - and then took out all the gravel and cracked open the crevices on the bottom. In my experience on several motherlode rivers when I dredged to the bottom, it was not uncommon to see that the cracks has indeed already been "worked" many years before...and in some cases they still held gold that had accumulated in the intervening time period. Good luck.
  6. Of course I pick up all the trash I come across detecting or otherwise. I just don't understand the amount of shooting that goes on in these out-of-the-way places. It seems like quite a waste of lead.
  7. Chris I wish I had known you guys were going to be out there. DolanDave is a great guy. I have been going out to that area for years. I had to move to Illinois for 4 years from 2012 to 2016. When I got back the entire area for reasons I do not know, had been, as you have described, littered with thousands and thousands of bullets. I have gone out three times recently and have dug all the kinds of things you did. I got lucky enough to also eek out two flakes each trip. The only way I did it was to dig every signal that was not an obvious lead surface hit. It is a hell of a lot of work and it's easy to get discouraged. One morning, about six weeks ago, I parked, got all my junk on, tuned the detector and walked over the crest of a hill. As I did, three guys across the wide valley I was walking down into, opened up with automatic weapons AT the hillside I was starting down. I literally had ricochets zinging around me. I yelled and waved my pick in the air and they stopped. But all they did was change the direction they were firing. And that was in a very well-known gold area. It seems to have gotten much worse in these last years. Anyway, it was weird to say the least. Maybe we should ask Dave where in Az. there is not much lead. It sounds pretty heavenly to think of walking around without getting a hit from a bullet or a shell casing fragment on every swing. Best of luck...
  8. I dredged Butte Creek in the late 70's. It was a good area and it was a lot of fun. Good luck!