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Comments • 127

  • Will Spra
    Will Spra 28 days ago

    Thanks Matt! I've enjoyed your videos ever since I saw the one with the fish near you, like they like the dredging. Thanks to people like you I experienced the same thing, I could reach out and touch them. I'm in my mid 5Os now, but all three of my kids have mined with me since they were tiny. I could never find that vid again. It too was on the Umpqua.

    • Matt Mattson
      Matt Mattson  28 days ago

      tvclip.biz/video/KZ0BuZMy1wo/video.html -- I think that's it (a copy of it as you probably saw the first one I made). I was a young treasure diver from Florida then, Bob (Frogfoot) Weller had sent me out to find the gold and I did that in spades. He was shocked and frankly, I was too at just how much could be found out there. Good luck to you and the kids - find a bucketful!

  • Charles Merritt
    Charles Merritt Month ago

    Will be traveling out west soon to do some prospecting. Was hoping you could point me in the right direction. The areas i'm interested in are near the middle fork of the feather river.Possibly we could email a bit and chat?

  • Francis Musesa
    Francis Musesa Month ago

    Thanks very much, am in Africa in a country called Zambia. I have been looking for gold all of my life ,but how to find it.so teach me more of find it.

  • Stuart Levick
    Stuart Levick 3 months ago

    Hey Matt my name is Stuart, I have tried to go to treasuresites.com and I get a 440ERROR message saying the site is unavailable,any input ,thanks.

  • Micah Nuckols
    Micah Nuckols 9 months ago +1

    Can you do a video tutorial for ASTER? Or give a little information about how you learned to get images like the ones you've shown in these videos?

  • Chuck Gentles
    Chuck Gentles 9 months ago +2

    Thanks for the video, all information helps.

    • Matt Mattson
      Matt Mattson  9 months ago

      You're welcome - good luck in the field!

  • Dale Kellogg
    Dale Kellogg 10 months ago +1

    Thank you..

    • Matt Mattson
      Matt Mattson  9 months ago

      You're welcome, Dale.

    • Matt Mattson
      Matt Mattson  10 months ago

      You're welcome - hope you can put it to good use as we did in our career.

  • Edward E. Anderson
    Edward E. Anderson 10 months ago

    Matt, Connie, and Goldie, thanks for hosting me the other day. Another great day of getting great information. After testing my friend's Minelab X-terra 305 on some gold pickers you had against your Fisher Gold Bug 2, we discovered that the 305 has only 18 kHz versus the Bug'
    s 71 kHz, and the 305 could not detect 1/8" size gold pickers so would not be considered a good gold finder. The 305 has a 9" circular coil, and when I contacted the factory to see if they had a smaller DD coil with higher kHz, the answer was no.

    • Matt Mattson
      Matt Mattson  10 months ago

      Audio boost - the little switch I showed you. Yes on the nickel. Hammer some #8 birdshot flat - see if you can find it - a single link of a chain - etc. Get to know that thing really really well and it will pay off.

    • Edward E. Anderson
      Edward E. Anderson 10 months ago

      Matt, please clarify what you mean by "normal and boost." Are you referring to sensitivity or What? I'm also assuming I should practice on a buried nickel, not just surface detect?

    • Matt Mattson
      Matt Mattson  10 months ago

      Put that nickel on edge and detect it using normal and boost until you can do it in your sleep and you'll hit with no problems. The small signature of that nickel's edge will make you practice turning up the ground balance to slightly positive. The jewelry is good too. Got the package - thanks.

    • Edward E. Anderson
      Edward E. Anderson 10 months ago

      @Matt Mattson would have loved to stay longer, but it was after 9 when I got to ktown and traffic was horrible. I realized that the almost 4 dwt of flakes I have is just not enough to test effectively. I'm going to test some of Glenda's jewelry to get a better test specimen.

    • Matt Mattson
      Matt Mattson  10 months ago

      Just wish you could have stayed and worked with the GB a little more. To think that after all the hundreds of detectors that have come and gone through the years, that little analog thing is still on top in absolute detection of the smallest of gold targets (of course it will get a big one too but you will probably see that where you're going). Just so you've got it on print: if it breaks and none of the shops has another, the only thing that comes close is a Gold-Master (60+ kHz White's) using the smallest coil available. Good luck - we are very excited to hear about how you do - you have a good plan, and we both think you're going to score on nuggets in the pediment area. The only question my mind is size and whether you find any by eye (that was always the most exciting gold to find for me).

  • Chris Ackerley
    Chris Ackerley 11 months ago

    Thanks, Matt. Great video. This is one that I bookmarked. You give so much information that I will need to watch this video several times to understand all of what you say. I realize your viewers may already be aware of CalTopo.com but, if not, they should be. I have found the CalTopo web site to be quite useful. Getting the hang of the different map layers takes time but, once you figure it out, it's not too difficult. Thank you for all the good information. I wish you and your wife all the best. ...

    • Edward E. Anderson
      Edward E. Anderson 10 months ago

      Matt at Caltopo responded wrt adding PLSS overlay, and here is how to do it. Add New Layer -> Add Custom Source, type WMS, URL template of
      gis.blm.gov/arcgis/services/Cadastral/BLM_Natl_PLSS_CadNSDI...

    • Edward E. Anderson
      Edward E. Anderson 10 months ago

      Chris, thanks for a great lead. i've spent some time there and it will be a great tool. I contacted them asking about adding PLSS data and have not yet received an answer. Can you advise?

    • Matt Mattson
      Matt Mattson  11 months ago

      Thanks, Chris - and I'm sure others appreciate the link as well. Good luck in the field!

  • Triplebacon Art
    Triplebacon Art Year ago

    Very interesting and inspiring brilliant work! Thanks for sharing your knowledge Mr and Mrs Mattson and hope that you are in good health at this time thank you again ;-)

    • Matt Mattson
      Matt Mattson  Year ago +1

      Thank you very much for the well wishes and attaboy - hope it helps you to much success in the field.

  • Edward E. Anderson

    Matt, you really got me excited about the ability to find BIG GOLD due to recent weather (rainfall) events, so I did a little research that others might find helpful. The article I created shows how to determine daily rainfall amounts for a specific area over a specific time frame. Once that is determined then a specific rain collection station can be queried and GPS coordinates found. These can be loaded into Google Maps or Earth, to get a visual of exactly where the rain collection station is. Let me know what you think. This is the link to download the article: 1drv.ms/b/s!AvqS3XUAOIrNl7tO0GJIFd6gN7sS9w.

    • Edward E. Anderson
      Edward E. Anderson Year ago

      Matt Mattson maybe better question is "where was Internet 30 yrs ago?"

    • Matt Mattson
      Matt Mattson  Year ago +2

      You're doing a terrific job with the research - where were you 30 years ago??? There is another recent development out there and that is fire - I hate that people are losing homes and all else - but the fact that many miles of new ground will be laid bare to weathering means tons (tons - not an exaggeration) of gold will start moving over the next few years with each snow, rain, and flood.

  • Edward E. Anderson

    Matt, you show 3 miles of pediment in one of your figures. Does this mean we should prospect as far as 3 miles from the drop off, or were you just indicating that the pediment would be as far out as 3 miles, or more?

    • Edward E. Anderson
      Edward E. Anderson Year ago

      Thanks again Matt. I hope I am not taking advantage of your good nature by asking all these questions. I guess I'll reach the limit when you stop replying:) It's also a good thing that I'm not going out West until Jan. 2019 as you are giving me lots of "food for thought" and I learn something new when I re-read/re-study which sparks more questions.

    • Matt Mattson
      Matt Mattson  Year ago

      The pediment can be 3 miles out - and actually could be any distance, whatever distance the mountain, or the mountain range has weathered back (eroded). Here is a picture: pubs.usgs.gov/of/2004/1007/fans.html note you can see the cracks and crevices - you can clearly understand how you could see a big piece of gold (or any size for that matter) easily.

  • Edward E. Anderson

    Matt, At the end you tell people to download and save important videos, like yours. I have done just that with all of your videos. I don't know how to download them but I found a neat little online program at www.onlinevideoconverter.com/video-converter that will download any TVclip video, BUT THERE IS AN ISSUE people need to be aware of. When you use it another web site which has high jacked this site will open automatically telling you you have PC issues, or offering porn. Quickly close that web site and all will be good.

    • jonnijames
      jonnijames 10 months ago

      Even better my dear brother is to download MOZILLA FIREFOX, once downloaded and running, HOLD DOWN the BUTTONS " CTRL + SHIFT " then TAP "A" once, (ADDONS MANAGER) , on the top right of that window will be a search tab, type " 1 click youtube downloader " , install that addon, restart FIREFOX , then just under the video where it says how many VIEWS the video has (minimized view) and to the right will be a HUGE DOWNLOAD button, easy as :), all the best

    • Matt Mattson
      Matt Mattson  Year ago +1

      Excellent advice - and in general, whenever you get a message that pops up that you have a virus and need to call immediately because your computer is locked up - just turn the thing off, don't be scared into giving anyone money (like my own aunt just did . . .)

  • Edward E. Anderson

    Matt, Some other experts, like Kevin Hoagland of GPAA, recommend digging EVERY target. They say that changing soil mineralization during the day, or what appears to the detector as a piece of nonferrous metal could be "hiding" the gold, meaning the gold and other heavy targets are often in the same areas. What is different about your counsel?

    • Edward E. Anderson
      Edward E. Anderson Year ago

      Before this clarification (BIG GOLD) I had put one silver dime in a plastic container, 1 pre-1975 nickel, and a small lead fishing weight. I replaced the items with: 9 silver dimes, 6 nickels, and a large lead weight. Now i'm off to test what my friend's Minelab xterra 305 "sees" buried in 3-5 inches of mortar sand. Will advise.

    • Matt Mattson
      Matt Mattson  Year ago +1

      There you go. I've been lucky enough to see what it's like when a sluice box turns gold from end to end on 7 or 8 occasions, and three of those times it was my own. You think totally different after that. I know on your trip you will find at least a few nuggets and that's going to be exciting - but after that, you're going to be thinking beyond the basics of ID'ing a target to finding a source. You're on a building block curve here and certainly everyone's advice is valid - you just have to figure out what makes sense for you and the goal you have monetary wise. In my case, I approached it like a business (and it turned into one0 and it simply did not make sense to go 2000 miles to find a few nuggets. It did make sense to go 2000 miles to learn how to find a few nuggets if I could put that together into finding a source or a pay-streak that would pay in volume or learn enough to where I had the knowledge to reliably find minerals for others. You're on the same path i believe - this isn't a lark with you.

    • Edward E. Anderson
      Edward E. Anderson Year ago

      Matt Mattson ok, we agree - go for the pounds!

    • Matt Mattson
      Matt Mattson  Year ago

      "What is different about your counsel?" Probably not much. You can't argue much with digging every target, that's the gold standard of metal detecting and I've left a lot of flakes and pickers in the ground to load pounds of the stuff in the truck.

  • Edward E. Anderson

    Matt, I've tried to find the NASA images you say can be downloaded, but no joy. Can you advise a specific web site? Google Earth with topo overlays could be used but is not as visual as the Nasa images.

    • Matt Mattson
      Matt Mattson  Year ago

      I don't think I ever did, just included where they are found (or what to search for) in the picture itself. Frankly these are not easy to find, not easy to interpret, and not easy to re-find (why I downloaded them immediately, and included them in the videos).. ASTRE is the most useful of the images. Search for "Death Valley ASTRE" or "Death Valley Minerals NASA image" etc., etc., etc. until you get what you want or not. Research is like pulling hens teeth, but that's why you will be successful, I can tell. You are doggedly tracking down all you can about your target area and that is the key. PS: you'll never learn everything you wish before you go - you will have to go . . .

  • Edward E. Anderson

    Matt, In an earlier Arizona desert video (Finding Gold 11, Feb 2009) you show mining of an old river bed that seems in conflict with your current suggestion that large gold is on top. Can you elaborate?

    • Edward E. Anderson
      Edward E. Anderson Year ago

      My favorite word, and I've often been accused of being one, is 'sesquipedalian.' When broken down: (1) 'sesqui' (one and a half; e.g. sesquicentennial is the 150 year anniversary of something); (2) 'ped' (of the foot); (3) 'alian' (of a person). All together: a person who uses big (one and a half foot long) words.

    • Matt Mattson
      Matt Mattson  Year ago

      OK, neither of us is a big word person, so we looked up "pedantic": scrupulous · precise · exact · over-exacting · perfectionist · precisionist · punctilious · meticulous · fussy · fastidious · finical · finicky · dogmatic · purist · literalist · literalistic · formalist · scholastic · casuistic · casuistical · sophistic · sophistical · captious · hairsplitting · quibbling · pettifogging · fault-finding · hypercritical · cavilling · carping · nitpicking · pernickety · overnice · learned · cerebral · didactic · bookish · pedagogic · donnish · highbrow · ivory-tower · pretentious · pompous · intellectual · academic · scholastic · scholarly · literary · egghead . . . Most of this doesn't apply to you.

    • Edward E. Anderson
      Edward E. Anderson Year ago

      OK, got it. And for others who are watching you will note how prompt Matt, and Connie, are in responding to questions. I know I'm a "little" pedantic and appreciate your patience with me, Matt.

    • Matt Mattson
      Matt Mattson  Year ago

      That was normal dry mining of an ancient river bed (river - round rock). Desert: angular rock.

  • Edward E. Anderson

    Matt, you say use nickel pre 1975, but in the research I find that nickels from 1946-2014 have the same composition (75% CU, 25% NI). War nickels, 1942-45 are (56% CU, 35% AG, 9% MG). What am i missing?

    • Matt Mattson
      Matt Mattson  Year ago

      Nothing. I just put the cutoff date at 1975. They're floating the idea of going to steel nickels and all sorts of things to debase the money further - use common sense - use a good nickel or lead to practice with.

  • Ken Jencks
    Ken Jencks Year ago +1

    Hi, fascinating videos! I am moving to Idaho, in the Boise area and I am looking forward to getting into prospecting.

    • Ken Jencks
      Ken Jencks Year ago

      Thank you, I am really enjoying your videos.

    • Matt Mattson
      Matt Mattson  Year ago +1

      That is great - you'll have access to to both Idaho gold areas (plentiful) and Oregon's desert areas. Excellent place to base from - good luck!

  • Edward E. Anderson

    Little confused I am Matt. Why would tops of dredge piles be "renewed?" Because heavy rains have washed off tops of piles and made old gold accessible?

    • Matt Mattson
      Matt Mattson  Year ago

      Correct - but you never know about a dry mine dump, the top may have been rich too, and stopped for other reasons (FDR gold confiscation - WWII stoppage). Unless you dig into the history of a mine, you don't know (and the histories of mine shutdowns were recorded and the last public store of info is with the BLM.

    • Edward E. Anderson
      Edward E. Anderson Year ago

      But this only applies to river dredged material, right? Tailings from Dry Mines would not apply, right?

    • Matt Mattson
      Matt Mattson  Year ago +1

      Exactly right - an inch removed is an inch of fresh material your metal detector can "see" (whatever brand or coil you have).

  • Edward E. Anderson

    Another excellent video Matt. Hope you and Connie and Goldie are doing well.

    • Edward E. Anderson
      Edward E. Anderson Year ago

      Great news!

    • Matt Mattson
      Matt Mattson  Year ago

      Goldie is doing the most good, day 28 with no seizure. The CBD oil helped at first, but then the interval started coming down (to 11 days) - stopped that and started giving her yogurt, and the interval is now what it is. I do think the CBD oil rearranged her brain chemistry, just once a day was to much - we will keep up with the yogurt now, a lot easier to get down her than that oil!

  • WhoWouldWantThisName

    Oh, by the way, I just subbed and look forward to any future videos of yours.

  • WhoWouldWantThisName

    Thank you SOOOOO much Matt for all these wonderful, and so educational, video classes. You have taught me so much more that all the other info I have absorbed over the last several years, well except for sluicing, haha. It's been discouraging to see everyone in my part of the country (Western Wa.) doing so poorly, but this has given me new hope in targeting better spots and make better use of my time. God bless you and yours.

    • Matt Mattson
      Matt Mattson  Year ago

      Comments like yours is why we keep going - thanks so much. Love that sluicing!

  • Steven Drieu
    Steven Drieu Year ago

    Thank you Matt---Feel good Matt,you have my heart !!!!---Drink V-8 juice

    • Matt Mattson
      Matt Mattson  Year ago

      Thanks Steven - love V-8! Have one in the jeep too.

  • Celia Jonhson
    Celia Jonhson Year ago

    Thank you very much Matt. You have given such interesting and exceptional information for your viewers. I almost feel like an expert now lol! My wish for you: Every day, in every way, you feel better and better and better!

    • Matt Mattson
      Matt Mattson  Year ago

      You're welcome, my wish for you is you get out there and put that info to good use! Thanks.

  • Jeffrey Elliott
    Jeffrey Elliott Year ago

    Hey Matt here in Virginia I'm working a creek I believe hasn't been worked or (prospected) by the old timers but there are some hardrock mines nearby !!!! I'm currently working this decomposed bedrock and I'm getting plenty salt & pepper crumbs with and occasional picker here and there !!!! My question is did the old timers get the big gold in this creek perhaps or is it that I'm gonna find the bigger gold beneath all this small gold that I'm digging up ? Because the theory if I'm correct is that the bigger gold lays directly on top of the hardrock bedrock which would be somewhere underneath all this decomposing bedrock !!! Whats good about this decomposing bedrock is that it runs the whole width of the creek and also a great amount of distance parallel to the creek as well !!! I'm gonna get me a small 2 inch dredge in there pretty soon !!!! If you could shed some light or helpful info on my findings would be much appreciated !!!! Thanks Matt

    • Edward E. Anderson
      Edward E. Anderson Year ago

      I'm 73 years young at heart, so even an old/young timer can make it:)

    • Matt Mattson
      Matt Mattson  Year ago

      No one needs to speculate on the obvious - every time a new picture is posted of some huge nugget found, or one is posted for sale, we are reminded to be humble in the midst of Mother Nature (God, Grand Architect Of The Universe, Great Spirit, etc.,) who simply listens not to any such sayings as "all the gold has been found" or more commonly, "the 49'rs found 90% of all the gold. If any of that were true: you, myself, all the people posting their finds on TVclip, everything shown in reality TV, is mere fiction and fraudulent. By the mere fact you are finding some in a state not well know for it, is exceptional truth to the often told lie. Big gold is certainly out there - many of us have seen and mined it, and it is now time for young people to replace us and start finding their own. If there is a 9 pound nugget on record then there is another waiting to be found. Of course the chances are slim - a lot of difference cruising miles of pediment on a 4wheeler looking for one in the Western states than doing the backbreaking work of busting bedrock day by day - but you do have that chance - and it is paying you with gold to hunt it all along! Not many things in life do that (a bass boat rarely pays). Should you decide to go to one of the areas you're speaking of you will have to learn that area, and work it systematically as well to score, but the odds of a big nugget out west are elevated I would agree, and some of that is simply due to the enormous weathering cycles we don't tend to see in the East.

    • Jeffrey Elliott
      Jeffrey Elliott Year ago

      Hey Matt one more time do you believe in all honesty that there is some BIG gold still out there somewhere to be had ? I personally believe it is but perhaps definitely in 1. Australia 2. California 3. Arizona 4. Interior of Alaska !!! And what I mean by BIG gold is 10 lb. specimens 5 lb. specimens 3 lb. specimens and I'm sure they're out somewhere !!!! Ok now we perhaps know and agree for sure that there are definitely 20 oz. 10 oz. and 5 oz. nuggets to be had in those same places !!!! And I'm quite sure we know that the earth is just loaded with tons of small gold meaning pickers right down to the salt & pepper crumbs of gold not to mention the gold that is in the ocean and can't be extracted economically that is !!! I truly wonder if there's any BIG gold within any of this bedrock I'm digging in because I already know that it's salt & pepper gold with some pickers thrown into the scheme of things ? And as history states that a 9 lb. nugget was found at this hard rock gold mine not far from where I'm prospecting !!!! Your thoughts and opinion on my perspective of the subject matter will surely be appreciated !!!! Thanks Matt !!!

    • Matt Mattson
      Matt Mattson  Year ago

      Keep working upstream . . . (towards the mountain source). You may get into a main vein! Again, good luck.

    • Jeffrey Elliott
      Jeffrey Elliott Year ago

      Thanks Matt You nailed it especially when you stated that I'm getting the small gold at times then none at times and boom back in the same hole only deeper and boom back in the gold again !!! So what I'm doing Is literally working moving to different spots and working the decomposed bedrock in other spots not far !!!! I went 2 to 3 miles further down stream and same bedrock but less gold but I've also had as good a luck further upstream about 2 miles as well so it definitely is a game of chess or hide and seek as I've mentioned b4 but I'm gonna stick with it in that one spot which is about 30 yards in length and 5 yards in width of the creek !!!! And you're 100% correct on my finding the quartz stringers because that's when I got into the pickers but when the stringers seemed to run out I'm back into the small salt and pepper crumbs of gold but it 's still fun find it nonethe less small or big !!!!

  • Jeffrey Elliott
    Jeffrey Elliott Year ago

    Hey Matt love this info for it'll perhaps help me here on the east coast as well here in Virginia !!! The old timers here have sizable tailings piles so my question is if there were any tossed out nuggets by mistake into these tailings would they be perhaps not very deep in the piles or would they be towards the bottom of the piles for metal detecting purposes I know this is probably too vague of a question ? Any positive response would be helpful !!! I'll also from time to time ask other questions if ok with you !!!

    • Matt Mattson
      Matt Mattson  Year ago

      Things are reversed on a tailings pile, the bottom of the river is the top of the pile, and is the richest. The bottom of the pile is the top overburden of the river bed they went through to get to the rich material. They stopped, either because they hit bedrock, or the pay layer paid out, or they were forced to stop by government gold confiscation in the 1930's (why most were stopped).

  • Lady-T Survival
    Lady-T Survival Year ago

    been watching you a while now and i just cant get over how much you look like johnny cash lol. i know you probably hear that alot. but you guys could be brothers as far as looks go.

  • John Henson
    John Henson Year ago

    I trust that this isn't a silly question: but why use a nickel?
    Why not get a small plastic pipe, sealed at one end. Put in a small gold coin. (Now you know why its sealed.) Then dig your hole, place tube in, pack around it, then fill tube with local soil. Do that for different depths and small gold coin flat and on edge. If you have different value gold coins available, you can also get an idea of size with depth. Basically- what is signal strength and detectability difference between nickel and gold?

    • Matt Mattson
      Matt Mattson  Year ago

      Not a silly question and absolutely nothing wrong with your suggestion at all. Many will have an actual nugget glued to a poker chip. There are endless options. We're simply trying to standardize around a common object with a like signature to gold so everyone can quickly figure out if their metal detector is appropriate. If you can find a nickel, you can find gold nuggets. If someone tells me their metal detector will sound on a nickel at 5" in Mississippi I can pretty much assure them it will sound off at 2 1/2" with the same coil on the same size target in Arizona - not sure I could do the same if they said they were testing with a 1841 1$ gold coin and then switched to another gold coin/depth. You on the other hand are going out in the field to find gold and if you have gold coins or nuggets in various sizes - make use of them! Hope you have a very productive time, you are off to a good start with real gold - but your depths and testing will be totally unique to your detector/coil combination/gold coin used.

  • Lady-T Survival
    Lady-T Survival Year ago +1

    where do you get those maps

    • Edward E. Anderson
      Edward E. Anderson Year ago

      There is another excellent map source called mylandmatters.org/ you should check out. This free source lets you create custom maps based upon your criteria. Pro Google Earth with Earth Point topo maps overlay is another excellent free resource.

    • Edward E. Anderson
      Edward E. Anderson Year ago

      Friend of mine gave me USGS Paper 610 "Principal gold-producing districts of the united states" printed in 1968. I found it online and downloaded it free as a PDF. Lots of very useful info there.

    • Lady-T Survival
      Lady-T Survival Year ago

      until i get my disability i have to sit at home and watch vid after vid. but i will get there. and when i do finally get it. i will have the knowledge to do it. i just have to find something that i can physically do. and doing that i can sit down when i need to.

    • Matt Mattson
      Matt Mattson  Year ago

      The books will come up as they come up and you'll have to be very sharp and on the net frequently doing searches to get them. Don't let this get in the way though of actually getting out and swinging that metal detector - many will simply sit on the internet watching instructional after instructional when it is now the time to go (and it is the time to go).

    • Lady-T Survival
      Lady-T Survival Year ago

      thank you i found the map link in another video and saved it but couldnt find the book anywhere.

  • newdayz1000
    newdayz1000 Year ago +1

    I've had friends chased out of areas by law enforcement in upper California. Where is it legal to look for gold and not get harassed?

    • Matt Mattson
      Matt Mattson  Year ago

      You're welcome - I forgot to say, National Forests are supposed to be open - but some are not at the discretion of the District Office (and sadly some of that is our fellow detector enthusiasts not following rules and staying out of sensitive areas within the district). So - within a National Forest - detecting for nuggets in open areas is one thing, and detecting in areas of old cabins or towns/gravesites can be quite another and quickly amount to trouble. Good luck out there!

    • newdayz1000
      newdayz1000 Year ago +1

      Matt, Thank you for your reply! God Bless!

    • Matt Mattson
      Matt Mattson  Year ago +3

      Easier to say where it is not legal: National Parks, anything with National Monument status. Bureau of Land Management land (huge areas) are open. A DeLorme backroads atlas (DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer) shows the BLM lands. I keep one handy as a quick reference when in the field.

  • Artisgoldau Prospects

    Thank you for your videos it is greatly appreciated I wish you the best healing. I wanted your opinion if you think the surfmaster Dual field will be okay for prospecting gold nuggets thank you so much.

    • Matt Mattson
      Matt Mattson  Year ago +1

      Good! What you learn out there and the adventure alone will be worth it.

    • Artisgoldau Prospects
      Artisgoldau Prospects Year ago

      Thank you for the inspiration I'll keep you posted.

    • Matt Mattson
      Matt Mattson  Year ago +1

      Ahh - you're thinking outside the box! Years ago I did the same with the first version Garrett SeaHunter, another pulse induction beach hunter, and used it to great success underwater. Your selection will be just fine for what we're talking about here: big gold nuggets. The teeny tiny stuff requires specialization - and that's not what we're doing in this class (or this year after a major re-distribution of the gold fields) at all. Keep in mind, you may be driven crazy by iron chunks, or other objects - but if you hunt in the pediment and tops of tailings piles or dry washer header piles, you should be able to quickly check or simply throw things in a bucket (that's what I do) and take it all back to check later. Really, virtually anything will work, won't take much on a large piece of metal. Hope you have the best of luck out there!

  • Ed Burns
    Ed Burns Year ago +2

    Thank you Matt. Sure do appreciate you being so generous and sharing your knowledge. Hope you and Mrs. Mattson got settled into and are enjoying your new home. Take good care of yourself and enjoy the day! Ed

    • Matt Mattson
      Matt Mattson  Year ago

      We love it here! Thanks for that and hope you do well this year.

  • russ pearce
    russ pearce Year ago +3

    As always , good info and presented well! Thanks Matt ! I hope it's NOT your last gold class! Hope to run into you as we travel around! Thanks again!

  • 1uptospeed
    1uptospeed Year ago +3

    its takes class to teach class, thanks matt for your time & expertise.

    • Matt Mattson
      Matt Mattson  Year ago +1

      Thanks for that - hope you get out there.

  • S Peterson
    S Peterson Year ago +1

    Thank you im so full of gratitude ... Such a blessing in my life ... In my prayers Sarah

    • Matt Mattson
      Matt Mattson  Year ago

      Thank you and may God Bless you and yours.

  • riverbender
    riverbender Year ago +2

    Thanks from the heart Matt. You are a wonderful natural resource.

    • Matt Mattson
      Matt Mattson  Year ago

      Thanks for that - hope you can get out there!

  • oregon gold hunter
    oregon gold hunter Year ago +3

    I've been watching your videos for years. Thank you for passing on your knowledge!

    • Matt Mattson
      Matt Mattson  Year ago +1

      You're welcome - hope you get out there and use it.

  • Kowboy USA
    Kowboy USA Year ago

    We all love those big gold nuggets!

    • Kowboy USA
      Kowboy USA Year ago

      Sure will. Good times just past the next bend.

    • Matt Mattson
      Matt Mattson  Year ago +1

      Let us know how that goes. No crawfish yet, but plenty of minnows for crappie.

    • Kowboy USA
      Kowboy USA Year ago

      A few weeks from now I'm taking some friends from out of state out pleasure prospecting & panning for their very first time. Shared a couple of your videos with them as a sorta pre-prospect primer. They're very excited to say the least.

    • Matt Mattson
      Matt Mattson  Year ago +1

      Yes we do - and you have some areas to check . . .

  • bnelson313
    bnelson313 Year ago +2

    Appreciate your classes and blessings of health and great fortune to you.

  • Andy & Amys Arizona Adventures

    thank you Matt.I really wish I could take you some places around here in Prescott and Dewey Arizona.take care

    • Edward E. Anderson
      Edward E. Anderson Year ago

      Andrew Zweiger: my buddy and I plan a prospecting trip out your way in Jan 2018. Any help would be greatly appreciated. You can reach me at eanderson.paladin@gmail.com.

    • Matt Mattson
      Matt Mattson  Year ago

      I do too - that's the right area! Connie and I have vowed to get out there again some day, but just for fun now.

  • tetekofa
    tetekofa Year ago

    Thank you Matt!!

  • Mama D Does Dinner
    Mama D Does Dinner Year ago +1

    Wow! Just found your channel. We go on digs for rocks and about them. This looks like great fun too!!

    • Matt Mattson
      Matt Mattson  Year ago +1

      It is - and you can teach the youngsters without any complicated equipment by tailoring your searches to the (relatively) cleared areas (pediment zones).

  • Jimmy Castagnetto
    Jimmy Castagnetto Year ago +1

    Nice video Sir.

  • nolan kinzie
    nolan kinzie Year ago +2

    wow

    • nolan kinzie
      nolan kinzie Year ago

      i live in saskatchewan. i gotta drive a day to get to rocks....

    • Matt Mattson
      Matt Mattson  Year ago +2

      All you have to do to get the second wow is go out there and give it a try. Hope you can this year.

  • ModernProspector
    ModernProspector Year ago +1

    Glad to see you put out another prospecting video. Thank you for sharing.

    • Matt Mattson
      Matt Mattson  Year ago +1

      Can't wait to see what you find - good deal!

    • ModernProspector
      ModernProspector Year ago

      Matt Mattson In spite of my disabilities, I will be going back out west again this spring /summer in search of diamond deposits again. I've been plotting out locations all winter based on favorable geology to be checked as soon as I can afford to make the trip. I'm really excited because in my opinion I have some amazing areas that haven't been checked yet. I will be focusing mostly on lamproite and lamprophyre deposits with a few likely kimberlite deposits sprinkled in. I wish I could have met you when you were still most active in prospecting as you would definitely make a great fellow knowledgeable prospector on the subject. I love your work on gold and gem deposits because it gives me something to keep my mind busy watching the series many times over. I will be sure to tell you about what I find the same way I did last year. Take care and thank you again for sharing your wealth of knowledge with the world. I would probably have a heart attack if I found a godzilla nugget like you showed in this video but unfortunately I am unable to swing a detector... oh well.

    • Matt Mattson
      Matt Mattson  Year ago +1

      You are most welcome - hope you can get out there yourself.