My Name is John Dorval a.k.a. Prospector Jack, my passion is prospecting for gold mostly but I like to prospect for gems and minerals as well as metal detecting and treasure hunting. I do this with my long time friend Hillbilly John as well as my wife Doris, my son Charlie and my grandson Brandon and my granddaughter Ayla and just about anyone that will go with me. In 2011 I started blogging about some of our adventures and things pertaining to prospecting. At the time there was very little that I could find on the internet about this activity so I thought that I would share our adventures with anyone who would be interested. I thought that it would be good for those who are just beginning or exploring a new hobby. Prospecting is a great adventure for any age from the adolescent looking for fun or retiree looking for something to do with their time. It may not be for everyone because you would have to like the out doors. Everything in my blog pertains to prospecting or treasure hunting somehow, the problem is that I have a hard time finding the time to write, therefore I have enrolled in “Blogging 101”.




I am currently reading an E-book that I would recommend all gold prospectors should read if they would like to hone their skills. It is tittled The Essential Introduction for New GOLD Prospectors


Written by Tim Rapp who is an award winning former U.S. Geological Survey Scientist, a published technical author, and a degreed engineer with 13+ years of professional experience collecting geologic data, samples and reporting on natural resources for U.S. Federal agencies, Municipalities, and Private Industry. He has training and experience in the fields of Hydrology, Geology, Physics, Chemistry, Cartography, Numerical Modeling, and Petroleum, Chemical, Civil, Mechanical, and Industrial Engineering.

This book is packed with lots of technical information on geology, geologic maps and how to use them plus a whole lot more information that can help the modern day prospector locate and recover more gold. I find this book is essential for the beginner as well as the veteran prospector.

You can find this book here: The Essential Introduction for New GOLD Prospectors

You can also find it on our home page:

Recently Hillbilly John and I where on a gold prospecting adventure where the gold is often times very small micron, we needed something that was more efficient to recover this gold. We had seen the Gold Cube on the market for several years and we had seen it’s appearance on the Discovery Channel show Gold Rush. We had seen Dakota Fred using it to clean his gold and he may have been the one who coined the phrase Cube It, if not he made the phrase famous.
Hillbilly John ordered a gold cube.  We used it and I must say that I like when a product lives up to its claims of how it performs. For clean up it performed excellent. It is fast, we ran our material for a days worth of dredging in a matter of minutes, approximately 8 minutes. We let it run for a while to wash away excess lighter material. At the end we had about a cup of super concentrated material that we panned, I was absolutely amazed at the fine gold we recovered, which in the past we were losing a lot of this fine gold. The Gold Cube is easy to set up and just as easy to clean up. I could see that this piece of equipment would not only be good for clean up but also for processing material right on the stream bed. You could screen your material down to 1/4 of an inch and run it right through. There are attachments that you can get to use it like a high banker. If you are thinking about getting the Gold Cube I would say do it, you will not regret it. If you are looking for something to clean your concentrates this is it.


You can find the link to purchase a gold cube on our home page:

2014 in review

Posted: December 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Here is the information on the case of People of California vs Rinehart from a letter to Jerry Hobbs of Public Lands For The people.

The following is an Email I received from Dave McCracken which explains what you as a small scale miner can do to help. If you ever want to get back in the water with your dredge in the state of California I strongly suggest you follow the instructions:

Dear John Dorval,

I am sorry to burden you with this request. I would not bother you
unless it was of the utmost importance. But if we cannot persuade
California’s Third Appellate Court to publish its recent Decision
overturning the conviction of Brian Rinehart, we will not be able to
make use of the stunning victory we have all worked so hard for as we
move forward with future litigation.

I am told that the Appellate Court can be persuaded to publish a
Decision if enough of the public demonstrates an interest in the case.
Therefore, we need as many supporters as possible to send a letter to
the Appellate Court in California. Here follows a sample letter from
which you can copy and paste to create your own letter:

You are welcome to provide different information in the second
paragraph concerning who you are and your interest in the case.
Even if you reside outside of California, it is important to make
it clear that you have a personal mining interest inside of California.

Please note that in addition to mailing the letter, you are required
to mail copies to the parties on the service list for the case. So
the proof of service form must be filled in, executed with your signature,
and mailed as a second page to your request.

Your request must be received by the Court on or before 12 October.
Thanks very much for making the effort on this. All of our many years of
hard work and investment will be solidified into an important legal
milestone if we can just get this Decision published.

If the Decision is not published, we will basically be starting over from
the beginning! I don’t know about you guys, but the prospect of that reality
makes me very tired!


Dave McCracken
The New 49’ers Legal Fund

The New 49er’s, 27 Davis Road, Happy Camp, California 96039, USA

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation are going to regulate prospectors out of the waters of Tennessee, their final draft of the 2014-15 Recreational Prospecting Permit is out. Here is the link to the final draft: 2014-15 General Permit for Recreational Prospecting. If you find these regulations to be heavy-handed, overbearing and unfair as we do then you can take action. Here is the link for the Notice of public hearing: Public Notice of Hearing . If you send an E-male make sure you put Gold Prospecting Final Draft in the subject line or else your testimony will end up in the trash.

Coker Creek GPAA is on the frontlines of this one and you can get more information on how you can help by visiting their forum at: Coker Creek GPAA Forum . Scroll down and you will see information for the General Permit. There is a petition that you can sign as well so check it out and please act fast, you have until May 15, 2014 to do something. It would be most helpful if you were to contact the Senate and Congress of Tennessee, all the contact information is on the Coker Creek Forum. Just remember to be polite and if you have scientific data please include that in your testimonies so that it will be on public record. There are plenty of scientific facts out there that are from studies that have been performed by government agencies on the effects of small-scale suction dredging and reports that have been written based on the findings of these studies that detail small-scale suction dredging has minimal impact on the environment, please use them. This is an example of what is out there:  USACE, 1994, Small scale suction dredging is deminimis  . Can you argue that the Army Corps of Engineers is wrong, they don’t know what they are talking about? Knowledge is power so use it!!!


The feds are out of control, these are the same tactics they are using on prospectors, using the guise of environmentalism to seize public property stripping we the people of our rights. When are we going to stop this madness?

CBS Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (CBS Las Vegas/AP) — Tensions have escalated between protesters and federal police who used a stun gun on a son of a Nevada rancher fighting a roundup of cattle that he claims have historical grazing rights northeast of Las Vegas.

No serious injuries were reported and no arrests were made, but family members told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that rancher Cliven Bundy’s 57-year-old sister also was knocked to the ground during a confrontation Wednesday involving dozens of protesters and several U.S. Bureau of Land Management rangers.

The son, Ammon Bundy, told the Spectrum of St. George, Utah, that he was hit with stun charges twice.
He acknowledged that he climbed on a dump truck, suspecting that it contained cattle that had been killed during the roundup.

He told KLAS-TV that federal rangers won’t hesitate to attack.

“These are heavily armed individuals with fully automatic weapons,” he told KLAS.

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