Advanced New Gold Detectors Bring ‘Hunted Out Sites’ Back to Life!

Makro Gold Kruzer metal detector

Makro Gold Kruzer metal detector shown with wireless headphones. Wireless headphones are standard equipment included with each Gold Kruzer detector.

Around the world, gold prospectors continue to unearth nuggets and flakes of gold—from Indonesia to Japan, South Africa to the U.S. Alluvial gold deposits in river beds and streams are prime prospecting territory; as well as popular gold fields. Serious gold hunters set out with a dedicated gold detector, such as the NEW Makro Gold Kruzer Waterproof Metal Detector. The Makro Gold Kruzer operates at 61 kHz and offers unparalleled sensitivity for finding the tiniest nuggets and flakes of gold. It is waterproof to 5 meters and includes wireless headphones.

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Want Gold? Visit a GOLD Mining Camp and Keep what You Find!

The gold nuggets pictured here were found with the use of a metal detector.

The gold nuggets pictured here were found with the use of a metal detector.

Finding gold is the dream of EVERY metal detectorist. While there are rivers and streams you can detect on your own, increase your odds of finding gold by visiting a place where gold has been found for centuries! There are several gold mining camps that offer tours and rivers/grounds to prospect on site. Obviously, these sites are in the heart of California’s Gold Country—though some are in Nevada. If you live on the West coast and want to get lucky prospecting, these sites are exactly what you’re looking for. Whether it’s a day trip or a 3-day vacation, readily find gold at a gold mining ranch or camp. It’s amazing that they let you keep the gold you find!

Chunk of Gold Found Worth $70,000!

In Early September, 2016, Oscar Espinoza found a large 18-ounce gold nugget at the Gold Prospecting Adventures Mining Camp. He pulled a chunk of gold out of a creek near Jamestown, California after locating it with a metal detector. Its estimated worth is $70,000, though it’s a piece of history—so that could drive the price up.

A few gold mining camps you can DETECT and keep your gold include:

  • Jimstown 1849 Mining Camp – Jamestown, CA
  • Roaring Camp – Pine Grove, CA
  • Mt. Wilson Gold Ranch – Pioche, NV

Which Metal Detector for Gold Should I Bring?

If you regularly hunt for gold, you probably already have a gold metal detector, like the Fisher Gold Bug Pro or Garrett AT Gold. These units feature a higher frequency for locating gold. Gold-specific metal detectors have better ground balancing ability and special coils that are optimized for the highly-mineralized soil where gold nuggets lie. The Fisher Gold Bug Pro boasts a 19.2 kHz frequency to find the smallest gold nuggets in highly mineralized soil. If you have a good-quality all-purpose metal detector, it likely has target identification with a display bar for the gold range and target ID numbers that indicate the same range for gold. But if you REALLY want to cash in on prospecting, a gold detector is best!

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Gold Prospecting with a Metal Detector- Signs Pointing to Gold

An example of gold that can be found with a metal detector. Located recently by a customer in New England.

An example of gold that can be found with a metal detector. Located recently by a customer in New England.

Spring is here! And gold season is quickly approaching… So, here are a few prospecting tips to get you excited and ready to strike gold! Luckily, there are geological clues that point to gold. Just like you can read the soil for indicators of metal treasure, you can look for visual evidence when gold prospecting. Where is gold found? Often, it  is found in low places; definitely on top of bedrock and in front of obstructions that prevent it from moving further. Gold that has accumulated as a result of moving downriver is called placer gold. However, placer gold is not just found in rivers, it also accumulates on dry ground in valleys and rock crevices. Placer gold is a popular target because it has concentrated over a long period of time and is fairly easy to find if you are in gold bearing country.

Five Indicators that Gold May be Present:

  1. Rock Types for Gold are Nearby: If a certain rock type is known to be productive for gold in one zone, and the same rock type exists nearby, this is a good place to search.
  2. Lighter Colored Rocks: If you notice out-of-place colors in a group of rock formations, it can be a gold indicator. Acidic mineral solutions in gold areas can bleach the rocks to a lighter color.
  3. Presence of Quartz: Quartz is a common indicator that gold MAY be nearby. This is not always true. The hydrothermal conditions needed for gold deposits are also right for quartz. Quartz is more plentiful—so most gold deposits contain quartz, but most quartz deposits do not contain gold.
  4. Coexisting Rock Types: Most gold ores (and placer gold) contain small amounts of silver, copper, iron, garnet other minerals. These favorable host rocks can be important when determining gold prospecting zones.
  5. Abrupt Geological Shifts: Hard rock gold deposits are known to occur at the contact of two different types of rock. Example: one zone in New Mexico has rich dry placers; then just down the road is coal-bearing country. Not far from there is a turquoise mine. Detecting on the borderline of these zones can prove to be lucrative.

These are just a few tips. Reading gold prospecting books and articles can REALLY point you in the right direction! Check out our Learning Library for gold prospecting advice and our favorite gold-prospecting metal detectors!

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Whites TDI SL Metal Detector

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Find tiny gold flakes or gold ‘pickers’ with Whites TDI SL Metal Detector—the ultimate gold nugget shooting detector! Pulse induction machines are known to penetrate deeper and handle highly mineralized soil. Whites TDI SL features full-control ground balance to filter out hot rocks, black sand and more. Trademarked features of this model include its lightweight design, threshold control, frequency control, pulse delay and waterproof search coil. At only 3.5 lbs., Whites TDI SL performs comparably to a much more expensive counterpart!

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 According to TDI SL user Dan from Southern California, “the TDI SL is easiest to ground balance and produces a constant smooth threshold even in nasty mineralized soil.” It’s also a champion relic-hunting detector!


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Gold Prospecting: Gear Up for That Time of Year

Gold found with the new Makro Gold Racer metal detector

Gold recently found with the new Makro Gold Racer metal detector.

Is there a gold prospecting season? This is a common question across metal detecting forums. There is no hard and fast rule about when you can prospect in most states. However, in Alaska, gold prospecting season runs from June through September—only into October if the weather permits. In other known prospecting states: California, Nevada, North Carolina, New Mexico, there are no posted prospecting dates. It is important to note, though—many sites DO require permission to prospect if you plan to stake any claims.

Why the Rise in Gold Prospecting Recently?

Gold prospecting seems to be spiking again in recent years, and geologists theorize as to why. In California, droughts in recent years are cited as one of the reasons. California State University (Sacramento) geology department executive, Tim Horner, explained that amateur prospectors “have been able to get to places they couldn’t before” because the drought has shrunk many of the state’s rivers, “some down to a trickle.” Horner said that one of his students recently found about $900 worth of gold in a stream that had previously been too treacherous to explore. He added, “Looking for gold [the old-fashioned way] is a popular hobby, and some people are making a living doing it.”

The simplest way to get into prospecting is to comb through sediments along a riverbank. Gold is 19 times heavier than water and denser than other particles in a stream, so it quickly settles to the bottom or into cracks between rocks or grains. A park ranger who oversees the California Bear River Campground and Recreation Area has his own theory about why gold prospecting is gaining momentum. He suggests, “The relatively high price of gold and the relatively weak economy have brought out more prospectors in recent years. The fact that low water means they can wade further upstream and get to new areas is advantageous.”

Top-Rated Prospecting Metal Detectors

Since gold occurs in nature at different levels of purity and different levels of concentration, the phase shift for gold objects appears along a wide spectrum on the phase shift dial. “Phase shift” is the difference in timing between the transmitter coil’s frequency and the frequency of the target object. Basically, this means that an object with high inductance is going to have a larger phase shift, so it is highly beneficial to use a prospecting metal detector when hunting for gold. Some machines dedicated to gold prospecting eliminate coin identification features altogether, since you’re not looking for coins. Instead they rely on sounds alone, using  a low tone for base metals, and a high-pitched signal for gold. Among some of the best detectors designed for finding gold: Garrett AT Gold, Fisher Gold Bug, the Tesoro Lobo SuperTRAQ and XP DEUS. For more units that are made to find gold, read our buyers guide article called Best Metal Detectors for Gold Prospecting.

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TV Shows “Gold Rush” & “Jungle Gold” Inspire New Prospectors

The gold nuggets pictured here were found in New Zealand with the use of a metal detector. Click the picture and read the story of how they were found.

The gold nuggets pictured here were found in New Zealand with the use of a metal detector. Click the picture to read the story of how they were found.

Discovery Channel has tapped into the 21st century gold rush in recent years with action-packed TV shows like “Gold Rush” and “Jungle Gold.” “Gold Rush” follows the journey of six men from Oregon who lost their jobs during the 2008 economic crisis and decided to pack it up and risk it all to mine for gold in Alaska. Even though Todd Hoffman and his buddies had no previous gold prospecting experience, they managed to mine over 1,000 ounces of gold worth well over $1 million dollars during the first few seasons. Their adventures continue as the cameras still roll, following Todd Hoffman and 2 other mining crews on their quest for gold.

When “Gold Rush Alaska” premiered on the Discovery Channel, it was Discovery’s highest rated docu-series, beating out “Deadliest Catch” and others in their lineup. That is probably why Discovery Channel launched a new series called “Jungle Gold” in 2012. Similar to “Gold Rush” in its backstory, “Jungle Gold” chronicles the real-life story of two real estate moguls who lost everything after the housing crash. Former millionaires George Wright and Scott Lomu were over $1 million in debt and had families to support. They decided a high-stakes gamble was the only way out after learning about the recent African gold rush. So, off to Ghana, West Africa the duo headed to try their hand at gold placer mining in one of the most temperamental regions on the planet.

Get Rich Quick? Maybe Not…

Most prospectors will tell you, you’re not going to make a living by prospecting for gold nuggets and your chances of getting rich are slim. Sometimes you’ll read a news story about an amateur treasure hunter finding gold, such as the massive gold nugget stumbled upon in Australia a few years ago. The value of this nugget is at least $300,000; and the region was continuously searched for the past 150 years. According to the amateur explorer, “In the old days, miners could only see or feel gold – but now with metal detectors they can hear it.” Perhaps this story should include the disclaimer, “Results not typical. The average treasure hunter should not expect to recover substantial amounts of gold.” Regardless, more and more people are flocking to rivers and hillsides in search of gold. Why? Because they know that natural gold can be found—and modern metal detectors are sophisticated at pinpointing tiny nuggets and flakes of gold.

You Will Definitely Have Fun Trying!

If the idea of prospecting intrigues you, try your hand at it! Even if you don’t get rich when you’re prospecting for gold, remember: it’s fun and exhilarating, it’s great exercise and you’ll enjoy fresh air while being outdoors. Many people schedule camping trips around their prospecting adventures. And if you’re lucky…you may just make a profit while you’re at it. When selecting a metal detector for prospecting, you’ll see a broad range of prices. All gold detectors are designed to search in heavy mineralized soil, but advanced models have specialized features: some are waterproof to 10 feet, some feature automatic ground tracking, an iron-discrimination mode or a sophisticated audio or target identification display. Experts recommend that you purchase the best unit you can afford without breaking your budget.

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How to Choose the Best Gold Prospecting Metal Detector

A gold prospecting metal detector can be very rewarding to use, literally, and figuratively! There are machines that specialize in finding gold nuggets and flakes, as well as metal detectors that can help you find large caches of gold coins and bullion.

If you’re out nugget hunting, you’ll want a gold prospecting metal detector that features a manual ground balance control, a built in pinpointer, and if possible a selection of search coils to help you find even the smallest nuggets of gold; which are quite valuable today.  If you’re looking for a bigger treasure such as silver or gold coins or stores of bullion, you’ll want a two box or deep seeking metal detector as these items are often buried much more deeply when compared with gold nuggets.

For more on what to look for in a gold prospecting metal detector as well as our favorite metal detectors for gold prospecting, please take a look at our article titled What’s the Best Gold Prospecting Metal Detector.

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Make a Profit Detecting Gold and Silver Jewelry

Metal Detecting for Gold and Silver

Hobbyists today are turning to metal detectors to help them make money by finding hidden gold and silver jewelry.

It’s hard to resist the prospect of finding lost treasure—that’s why there is a growing attraction to the hobby of metal detecting. Nowadays, the selection of “turn-on-and-go” detectors is endless; anybody can get the hang of it! Jewelry is at the top of the list for many detectorists and it’s relatively easy to find. For example, sunbathers and swimmers lose jewelry at the beach all the time. Throwing a Frisbee can fling rings from fingers or break clasps on necklaces, bracelets and chains. Beginning hobbyists say they find valuables at the beach and along the shoreline on their first time out.

Gold and silver rings, watches, necklaces, bracelets, anklets and sunglasses are among the items you can search for with your metal detector. You may be interested in profiting from these finds or starting a collection. Michael Bernzweig of suggests reading about available types of metal detectors and features you’re interested in first. “Once you have decided on a few prospective metal detector brands, use our ‘Shop by Product Features’ tool. Then, when you select ‘compare,’ the site will show you a side-by-side comparison chart,” Michael advises. To read about some popular metal detectors for prospecting jewelry and which models are best for you, read What are the Best Metal Detectors for Metal Detecting on the Beach?

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Gold Prospecting Metal Detectors for Finding Gold

When it comes to prospecting for gold, you need to own the right gold metal detector that can help you find it.

Can you really find gold with a metal detector? That’s a common question that both Michael and Daniel Bernzweig of get asked a lot. Their response? “Yes! With the correct type of metal detector and patience, it is very possible for any hobbyist to locate gold nuggets and flakes.” Gold prospecting metal detectors can discover gold as small as half a grain. They can also detect nuggets up to depths over a foot. These modern high-tech detectors with precise circuitry have the high sensitivity needed to find gold and can balance out all effects of mineralization.

Some gold prospecting metal detectors, such as the Garrett AT Gold and Tesoro Lobo SuperTRAQ, feature discrimination capabilities that allow you to search for coins, jewelry and relics as well. Before you set out for gold, get off to an educated start by reading an article from our Learning Library: What’s the Best Gold Prospecting Metal Detector? It will enlighten you about the types of gold detectors, search coils for prospecting, discriminating out junk metals and how deep you can search for gold. The Bernzweig brothers offer a final bit of advice, “Hunt in areas where gold has already been found. Today’s modern gold metal detectors may lead you to small and even large nuggets previously overlooked.”

How to Use Gold Metal Detectors in your Search for Precious Gems and Minerals

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Using a gold prospecting metal detector can help you easily find hidden gems and minerals buried in the ground.

Gold prospecting metal detectors are generally used for finding, well, gold. That’s not all they can do though. While these machines are incapable of finding or detecting precious gems, minerals, and stones in the traditional sense (ie. underground), gold metal detectors can still help in your search for all these things and more while you are out mining for gold.

Here are several ways you might find gold as well as precious gems and stones at the same time when out treasure hunting with your gold prospecting metal detector.

Gold mining areas

One of the best spots to find hidden gold, gems and minerals are in mining areas.

Mining Areas
Many of the best spots for gold prospecting around the world, are also the best spots for locating natural gems and minerals. It is not uncommon to locate precious stones while mining for gold. While your prospecting detector may lead you to the source of the gold, you may be surprised to see what else turns up in your search.

One of the ways you can find gems and minerals with nugget detectors is when you find jewelry. Rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, etc. are usually made of a precious metal like gold yet designed to include gems as well. Gold metal detectors will locate these items because they’re made from gold while the gems and precious stones will come along as an added bonus.

Some types of antiques that include gold are adorned in precious stones as well. Gems and minerals along with gold are used in many ways to create antiques like mirrors, vases, picture frames, and more that were made with the wealthy in mind.  These were status symbols even back then and they were very likely to include both gold and jewels for maximum effect.

Treasure Caches
There are stories everywhere about different treasure chests that may or may not be hidden here or there.  Many are said to contain lots of gold; which is how gold metal detectors will locate them.  Not only that though, most treasure caches are rumored to contain other items as well, including precious gems and minerals.

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One of the best ways to filter out and find gold is by using a gold pan.

Gold Panning
One of the oldest and possibly most lucrative ways to find gold is with a gold pan. While uncovering gold nuggets, and flakes it is not uncommon for gems and minerals to turn up as well. Garrett produces a range of gold pan kits all based on their patented gold trap design. Fisher labs also offers several popular gold pan kits that include everything you will need to get started.

Now that you can see all the possibilities, you’ll need a good gold prospecting metal detector. If you are looking to find small gold nuggets be sure to read our article entitled “What’s The Best Gold Prospecting Metal Detector?”. Look for a Two Box or a Deep Seeking model to find some of the larger pieces mentioned above like the treasure chest or some of the gold and gem encrusted antiques. We also have a buying selection article on the deep seeking detector you can review called “What are the Best Two Box and Deep Metal Detectors?“.

Gold metal detectors aren’t adept at finding gems and minerals on their own but, there really are many different ways that gold and gems can be found together and, as a result, very successfully located with a gold prospecting metal detector. Research some good sites and head out mining for gold today; you’ll likely find more than just a gold nugget or two!