|Prospecting for gold is one of many hobbies that can be enjoyed by people of every age and culture. It's a fun way to enjoy the great outdoors while engaging in physical activity that is rewarding in more ways than one. There's a wide range of activities and equipment, making this hobby well-suited for a broad range of people. Activities can range from panning and stream sluicing to underwater dredging and metal detecting. It's "kid safe" and can provide for some exciting and memorable discoveries.
Living in or near proven gold bearing regions is a bonus, but there are many distinct and proven gold bearing areas all throughout the United States. The map to the right is published in numerous publications including documents released by Virginia's DMME and the USGS and depicts the gold bearing region within the southeastern United States.
Let's get one thing out of the way first. Gold prospecting is not a get-rich-quick activity. If you think it is, you need to quit believeing everything you see on TV and realize that gold is very hard to find and very costly to recover in quantity with the equipment you see on the tube. With that said, some prospectors have managed to locate decent paying gravels and some even make a living doing it, but those folks have invested great amounts of time and money into their efforts. You can learn how to find pay streaks and good deposits if you take the time to learn. The hobby is mostly about finding enough gold to make it fun and challenging, and you've discovered a great hobby if this matches your expectations.
|There's a signifcant learning curve with locating and recovering gold, and many people drop the hobby quickly when they don't recover a one-ounce nugget on their first trip out, or they work hard all day for a couple specks in the pan. That's normal and needs to be expected! I know people who have been prospecting (successfully) for decades and have still not found a large nugget. For new prospectors, one of the best things you can do to help straighten out that curve is to link up with a seasoned prospector who can show you the ropes. You can also join a local or national gold prospecting club or organization where you will be around others with similar interests and willingness to teach and share.|
|The American Mining Rights Association (AMRA) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit which advocates the use of public lands by the people and for the right to prospect and mine on those public lands. Their mission is to inform the public and its members on what is transpiring in America as it pertains to these rights and the ability to use our public lands through facts and information. They strive for integrity, honesty and clear and concise reporting of the facts.|
This is why I support AMRA:
1. I'm a strong advocate for the rights associated with mining and miners.
2. I'm not afraid to stand up to preserve my rights.
3. AMRA has established a team to help monitor the masses who attempt to take these rights from us.
4. I believe that knowledge and education builds confidence.
5. There is power in numbers and I surround myself with like minded people.