Thursday, July 28, 2011

Getting Started By Joining A Prospecting Club

Are you interested in getting started in prospecting for gold?  Joining a club is an idea that has a lot to offer......
If you are new to prospecting for gold and just getting started, I have some suggestions for you. This is a great recreational pastime, and with some sincere effort, you will learn what you need to know and soon be out there digging some nice gold of your own.   First off, I'd suggest you join a prospecting club like GPAA (Gold Prospectors Association of America) or one of the other well-known regional/local clubs. Being part of a club that owns their own claims will give you access to places to prospect and a chance to talk about local places to look, regulations and what really works to get gold in your neck of the woods. These things are all really important to the new prospector trying to learn the ropes. It will also give you a chance to meet some folks with more experience in prospecting for gold. Attend the group outings and hang around with some of those more experienced guys. Most will willingly share information about how to find gold, and how they have found gold in the past. The friendships you will gain are worth far more than the cost of the membership dues. Even many experienced prospectors are members of more than one club, because of the friendships and prospecting opportunities they present.  
For those you who have never prospected before, and have never found any of their own gold in the wild, I’d suggest starting small by purchasing a gold pan and some basic digging tools. Start out slow and let your equipment inventory grow with your experience. Spend some time in the field and learn some of the basic skills and techniques of prospecting for gold first. Then once you have the confidence that you can succeed in finding gold, consider bigger prospecting equipment like a detector or a dredge. The experience you gain learning how and where to find gold will help you later when you decide to buy that expensive equipment. You don’t need to wait forever, but don’t get overly excited and rush things either. If you really have the gold fever, you’ll be genuinely thrilled even by those first few colors in your pan that you found yourself in the wilds by your own skill (trust me, I know).

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