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    clay reacted to dieitcoke in Fun day in the field & her first nugget!   
    I must say that I have very good time out in the field! Picked up a couple of new tips and tricks and some helpful insight on what to LQQK for when out trying to find a good spot to detect. I was able to pick up some very small targets that was not gold, that Chris was surprised how very small the target actually turned out and the sensitivity of the coil! I was using my new EVO 14x9 coil with just normal settings and the coil sensitivity was outstanding. And it sure was fun to watch Keri's hand shake with excitement when she found that piece of gold for the first time!
    Thanks again for the good time Chris and Arizona Outback are best in the west!
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    clay reacted to chrisski in NEW BLM LR2000   
    Thanks Clay. After two months I've finally got LR2000 to work again by going to your link.
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    clay got a reaction from RiverJohn in NEW BLM LR2000   
    A review
     
    Anyone who uses the BLM LR2000 search function knows it can be a challenge to get meaningful results. Often the service is down but you aren't notified of a problem with the system until you go through the whole complex search process to discover there was an "error". Frustrating at times.
     
    Well it appears the BLM decided it was time to change the look and feel of the LR2000 search function. They notified users months ago that they were working on an improved version but they caught a lot of people by surprise when they introduced the NEW! IMPROVED! LR2000 on November 1 and shut down the functions of the OLD! BAD! LR2000 at the same time.
     
    Problem was they didn't tell anyone. The old LR2000 still appears to be there and will allow you to do a search. That search returns an error, as mentioned earlier that's not unexpected or uncommon when using the LR2000. I use the LR2000 a lot when I need the most recent information on a land or claim case file. It took me nearly 24 hours after the changeover to get fed up enough with the old LR2000 not working to try the new LR2000 which has been available but not working for the last nine months. I'm hoping the BLM will set up that old LR2000 web address to redirect to the new LR2000 page so others won't have to waste their time beating a dead search system like I did.
     
    The old LR2000 was clunky. It reminded me of an old unfamiliar broken down right hand drive truck with a Japanese language repair manual. It was really that awkward and counter intuitive. There were many blogs, manuals and videos devoted to explaining the esoteric mysteries of the BLM's version of public access to public records, I even helped write a few myself. I made good use of the old LR2000 on the days it was working and I was glad to have it when I could get results but it needed fixing.
     
    The new LR2000 has a cleaner less intimidating interface with a slightly simpler set of options. I really don't like the "black topo" background the BLM now puts on all their web pages. If you like the black topo theme you are probably going to like the look of these new search pages better than the old ones.
     
    The behind the scenes search function has changed a lot from the old LR2000. I tried it on several browsers and three operating systems. I had problems on every browser and system. The Search seems to hang in some circumstances, in others it returns results as quickly as the old LR2000. The actual search itself seems to be slower sometimes. Every browser I tried had problems when it had run a few searches. The searches would eventually hang and several loops would keep the browser so busy it would lock up. That's not something I'm used to experiencing. This is a new system so I'm hoping the BLM will get these glitches out soon.
     
    The results of each search now displays in a new interface. Essentially there will be a window frame on the results page with the document displayed inside the frame as a PDF. Like the old LR2000 there are options to download the document in several formats including Excel, PDF and HTML. You can now modify or start a new search from the results page.
     
    Land Matters has made an effort to bypass the clunky old LR2000 interface and allow you to directly access any claims BLM serial register page directly with a few clicks on a map. This turned out to be a lot quicker way to get information on claims in a specific area without having to pound through the old LR2000. Being a direct live link to the BLM the information is as current as possible unlike other mapping programs that present static information updated every month or so.
     
    When the unannounced changeover in LR2000 search systems happened it broke Land Matters system of direct access. With more than 380,000 mining claims being actively tracked Land Matters had a problem. Claims Advantage Members also get several reports a month. In the last two days Land Matters had released two reports with a combined total of more than 20,000 maps and direct links to a broken LR2000. That's 400,000 missing documents. Sometimes life can be.... interesting.
     
    Needless to say I have been busy. It took 24 hours but I deciphered the new LR2000 system fixed the links to the serial register pages and corrected, compiled and uploaded new member reports. The mining claim serial register pages linked to on the maps load more quickly than the old ones did. If you have any problems with those maps or the Member Reports please let me know.
     
    Please try out the new LR2000 and share your experiences here. Try the Mining Claims Maps at Land Matters and marvel at the new search results. If you like the way the map link system works we can add the feature for a lot more types of research.
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    clay reacted to Adam in Feathers of Silver   
    Very Rare ! Congrats to the finder
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    clay reacted to Chris Gholson in Feathers of Silver   
    I ran into a prospector a few days ago and he showed me this fabulous silver specimen he recently unearthed. He is working a rather rich hard rock mine here in central AZ by hand. Apparently while digging, he broke into a small cavity that was filled with these beautiful pieces of native silver. They were black from tarnish, but cleaned up nicely with some acid. This is one of the coolest finds I’ve seen in a while and just had to share with you all. Happy hunting everyone!

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    clay reacted to Chris Gholson in Two hours out in the hills   
    Dean and I were able to squeeze in about two hours worth of detecting yesterday. We headed back to an old patch here in AZ and really worked it slow using the new Nugget Finder EVO coils. We found a total of 12 nuggets for 4-grams. I was really impressed when I dug up a tiny 0.1-gram “nugglet” at almost 3” with the 15” coil! No monster trophy pieces, but the weather was perfect and it’s always a blast picking up a handful of tiny bits. Here are a few pics of our finds. Thanks again Dean, as always a fun day!



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    clay reacted to goldseeker4000 in Amazing spread of Nuggets!   
    To set the story straight, this is my gold monster the nuggets are sitting on. The nuggets are not mine. They belong to a friend of mine who bought them from a decrease friend of ours. All but the middle right nugget were found in Montana. The guy who found these typically used minlabs and for smaller gold he used a gold bug 2 and Eureka gold. It is not false advertising. It was just a nice place to set the nuggets for a picture when we were in the field detecting while we stopped for a break. As for the negative comments about the monster being a flop, I assure you it is not. I have found 18 tiny nuggets over two trips out detecting. This last trip yeilded 10 of the 18. Of the ten, 6 were found this past Saturday and the next day I found four. The average depth on these tiny nugget was 5-6 inches. Some were sitting under 2-3" slabs of bedrock after I moved away all material sitting on top of the bedrock. I will post a pick and a thread today.
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    clay reacted to chrisski in 2017 Annual Claims filings   
    You can file on line if you're paying and not have to worry about the check getting lost and get an instant receipt. You search for claims by your name and everything filed comes up and you choose which ones to pay for.
     
    https://payp.blm.gov/epp-mc/mcSearch/start
     
    I got this link from a post at Bill's site and have renewed a 40 acre claim with a credit card.
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    clay reacted to Uncle Ron in 2017 Annual Claims filings   
    Thank you Ruby & Clay ... My blank forms got buried on my desk...I just dug them out and gonna follow through today before I space it! Cheers, Unc
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    clay got a reaction from nugget108 in Amazing spread of Nuggets!   
    Aw come on Adam. Those nuggets could have been found with a ... well take your pick:
    Bounty Hunter
    Walmart lawnmower
    a smart dog
    GB2
    my patent pending gold magnet

    Would it be false advertising if they were shown on top of a Lawn Dart package or a loaf of bread?
    The fact that they are sitting on a new $1,000 vlf is probably just a coincidence.
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    clay reacted to Chris Gholson in Freshly dug gold!   
    A good friend of mine here in Arizona sent over this great picture today. He decided to revisit a spot that had never been very good to him in the past. He was hoping with all the heavy rains that perhaps some overburden would have been removed and maybe brought a nugget or two into range. As you can see, his hunch was right. He scored ¾-ounce in about an hour’s worth of detecting!
     
    He was swinging the Minelab GPX 5000 coupled with a Coiltek 18” Elite. This would have been an amazing weekends worth of detecting, let alone an hour! A huge congratulations to the lucky finder. Thank you again for sharing with us!
     
    P.S. Save me a few down there

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    clay got a reaction from delnorter in 2017 Annual Claims filings   
    It's that time again. The August 31 deadline to make your required annual mining claims filings is only a month away.
     
    As she does every year Ruby has compiled general guidelines and a graphic flow chart to help claim owners understand their annual obligations. If you are confused about the process or just want a refresher review these could help make the process clearer.
     
    These are a free PDF download. Feel free to share, distribute or print these out as long as you retain the attribution.
     
    General Guidelines
     
    Flow Chart
     
    Whatever you do don't be late. You will lose your claim if your filings aren't on time.
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    clay reacted to Chris Gholson in 2017 Annual Claims filings   
    THANK YOU Ruby and Clay for the reminder and information; it is much appreciated!!!
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    clay reacted to dick ward in 2017 Annual Claims filings   
    My thanks also! I was being lazy and putting it off. It is done now, off to the post office in the morning. Certified and return receipt both.
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    clay got a reaction from nugget108 in 2017 Annual Claims filings   
    It's that time again. The August 31 deadline to make your required annual mining claims filings is only a month away.
     
    As she does every year Ruby has compiled general guidelines and a graphic flow chart to help claim owners understand their annual obligations. If you are confused about the process or just want a refresher review these could help make the process clearer.
     
    These are a free PDF download. Feel free to share, distribute or print these out as long as you retain the attribution.
     
    General Guidelines
     
    Flow Chart
     
    Whatever you do don't be late. You will lose your claim if your filings aren't on time.
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    clay got a reaction from Gold Seeker in Amazing spread of Nuggets!   
    Aw come on Adam. Those nuggets could have been found with a ... well take your pick:
    Bounty Hunter
    Walmart lawnmower
    a smart dog
    GB2
    my patent pending gold magnet

    Would it be false advertising if they were shown on top of a Lawn Dart package or a loaf of bread?
    The fact that they are sitting on a new $1,000 vlf is probably just a coincidence.
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    clay reacted to Chris Gholson in Early mining camp hunt   
    My detecting partner Dean and I spent some time over the weekend hunting the remains of an old mining camp deep in the mountains of Arizona. Aside from a few foundations and scattered rusted metal, virtually nothing remains of this once bustling town. It took some hiking through the cactus, but we eventually found it.
     
    I dug all sorts of do-dads, but my personal best find of the day was this lovely 1897 Liberty Head nickel, or sometimes referred to as the V nickel because of its reverse (or tails) design. The obverse features a left-facing image of the goddess of Liberty. This five-cent piece was struck for circulation from 1883 until 1912. I found it using the Minelab CTX 3030. Although not a particularly valuable coin, they are nevertheless a rare find in a state as “young” as Arizona…I hope you all had a great weekend – stay cool out there!




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    clay got a reaction from Mike Furness in Amazing spread of Nuggets!   
    Aw come on Adam. Those nuggets could have been found with a ... well take your pick:
    Bounty Hunter
    Walmart lawnmower
    a smart dog
    GB2
    my patent pending gold magnet

    Would it be false advertising if they were shown on top of a Lawn Dart package or a loaf of bread?
    The fact that they are sitting on a new $1,000 vlf is probably just a coincidence.
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    clay reacted to Chris Gholson in Amazing spread of Nuggets!   
    A friend of mine sent over this photo today and said it was ok to share with everyone here. My eyes about popped out of my head when I opened up the photo! I can’t remember all the weights, but I believe the biggest piece is about 6.5-ounces! All of this was gold was found with a metal detector in the USA, however he just set it on the Gold Monster coil for display purposes. This is a wonderful spread of nuggets and I really appreciate him sharing it. Keep us posted with any new finds..

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    clay got a reaction from Terry Soloman in Amazing spread of Nuggets!   
    Aw come on Adam. Those nuggets could have been found with a ... well take your pick:
    Bounty Hunter
    Walmart lawnmower
    a smart dog
    GB2
    my patent pending gold magnet

    Would it be false advertising if they were shown on top of a Lawn Dart package or a loaf of bread?
    The fact that they are sitting on a new $1,000 vlf is probably just a coincidence.
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    clay got a reaction from LukeJ in Amazing spread of Nuggets!   
    Aw come on Adam. Those nuggets could have been found with a ... well take your pick:
    Bounty Hunter
    Walmart lawnmower
    a smart dog
    GB2
    my patent pending gold magnet

    Would it be false advertising if they were shown on top of a Lawn Dart package or a loaf of bread?
    The fact that they are sitting on a new $1,000 vlf is probably just a coincidence.
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    clay reacted to Chris Gholson in What a beauty - almost 2 Pounds!!!   
    Check out this monster nugget that was recently found with a Minelab GPX detector. This solid slug weighs in at a whopping 23-ounces, or 720-grams!!! It is definitely one of the larger pieces I have seen in the past few months. Fortunately I was allowed to post the photo, but asked to not say a whole lot more until the finder can really hunt the area out. This is truly an awesome piece of gold, and I tip my hat to the lucky and hardworking detectorist who dug it. I look forward to seeing if it has a big brother hiding somewhere nearby!

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    clay reacted to Pard in 1 ounce monday   
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    clay reacted to Reno Chris in Legal Claim Question   
    Because you own the mineral rights with a claim, it would only be for things where you actually contributed to the hazard. If they fell into a hole - you'd be liable if you dug the hole. If they were bit by a rattlesnake - you'd be liable if you had released hundreds of rattlers on your claim. If they tripped - likely only of you created the tripping hazard.
    Then of course someone can file suit over anything - but likely you would not lose unless you created or contributed to the hazard. Truth is that as a claim owner, you dont have the right to mitigate existing naturally occurring hazards without permission from the land owner - like BLM or USFS.
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    clay reacted to Uncle Ron in Awesome 1-pound nugget looking for a home!   
    Shep glued it onto a poker chip to help tune his beeper! Cheers, Unc
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