Level of Experience with Gold Prospecting in Glacial Ohio?
by Joe Kollar
Greetings... Frankly I am skeptical of anyone claiming to be able to guarantee finding daily a quarter (troy?) ounce of gold in in placer locations where you MIGHT get a flake or 2 in a claim area with a weekends' work.
Ever try your techniques in Ohio? What resulted?
Stan's response: Hi Joe, Frankly, I am skeptical of anyone who guarantees anything in this life, especially when it comes to finding gold!
Everyone is different. Some people are smarter, harder workers and more persistent than others. Some people seem to be just plain lucky. You never know who is going to take an opportunity and really do something with it. Most people don’t do much.
I certainly hope that you don't think that I have made any guarantee that everyone in the world can simply step outside their door each morning and find 1/4 ounce of gold before noon. I am sure that you know that is not how it works.
All I can guarantee is what I know how to do. Finding a quarter ounce of gold each day is not an easy skill to acquire. It takes lots of smarts (research), hard work and tremendous persistence to learn how to do it.
First, you have to know where to go. Next, you have to know what to do. And, third, you have to keep at it with boots on the ground until you figure it all out. This seems to be a combination that Mother Nature requires in order to hand over the goodies.
I may not be as smart as other prospectors. It took me about 5 years of initial, "full-time" prospecting work to start getting it right. Then it took about another 5 years to stop making silly mistakes. Finally, I could say that I was able to find 1/4 oz. of gold per day (often much more) in over a dozen locations and in several different countries.
As far as placer gold in Ohio goes, you really have the odds stacked against you. If I wanted to net 1/4 oz of gold per day, I certainly wouldn’t do it with placer gold in Ohio. I would likely buy junk gold from people in the big city and then supplement that with metal detecting gold jewelry in strategic locations.
That said, I understand there are a very few experts (ask Mr. Lassiter if he knows someone) who have figured out placer gold in Ohio. But, it is very rare.
Developing the skill of acquiring (netting) 1/4 oz. of gold every day, in some form, implies you have to work smart. You have to go to where the good gold is and you have to stack the odds in your favor.
I have had my best successes in California, Arizona, Brazil and Ecuador. I have learned that I have to go to geological zones where there is plenty of "predictable" gold present; near where some other people are already making a living. It hasn’t been easy but it has been a lot fun.
Joe, this is the first time we have discussed glacial gold in this forum. I thank you for bringing up the subject. I hope we can continue to discuss it more often. The geology behind it is fascinating.