Monday, December 7, 2009


With gold hitting over 1200.00 an ounce last week, it seemed like a good time to mention a gold mine, retreat again. Even if you have never mined for gold don't worry, its not hard to learn. To mine you only need to work as hard as you want to. For that matter the whole family can pan, or sluice for gold.

Its easy to find a gold mine almost all BLM, Forest Service land is open to "mineral entry". The paperwork to stake a claim is not very hard to complete, and filing fees are 170 bucks. You don't need to "claim" an area to mine it. If its not already claimed and its public land like BLM, FS its ok to mine and or explore for gold. Some exceptions are, improved parks, and park service land.

If you don't want to stake your own claim and you don't want to drift from exploration site to site. You can buy a claim. They can range from usually 100 to 1,500 dollars. Of course you could find prices much higher but you can get a good claim for these prices. Another advantage to purchasing a claim is its an easy way to get you feet wet. If the seller gets you set up with the paperwork,they may also be able to give you a heads up in dealing with there area Law Enforcement Ranger. If they have had any trouble with them or not, some times Rangers are ok, other times they seem to hustle miners. Make it a point to know the mining law then you know when to stand your ground.Of course if the collapse is bad enough to move to your retreat, law enforcement should have better things to do. If they're around at all. The mining retreat, I think, is ideal in a huge depression type scenario. For that matter, if a person is out of work these days, you may have better luck retreating, and mining now.

All you need to get started is a,gold pan, shovel and map. I know you have all the camping gear and survivalist equipment already.

One more thought on maps, for the money I prefer a Delorme backwoods atlas, they're only15 bucks and  cover the whole state. Find them at bookstores, and some Wall Mart stores.

As far as finding gold, to paint with a broad brush, if you live near the Rockies, its good mining. Even better for mining is west of the Rockies. There is a lot of gold out there, you just have to dig for it.

Happy  Trails

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