Where to find gold in Montana, How to find placer gold in Montana

Where to find gold in Montana, How to find placer gold in Montana

Where to find gold in Montana! The state of Montana has produced a lot of great gold, both placer and hard rock types. In this video, I’ll explain where you can go in Montana to find gold. For those who want to learn more about Prospecting and finding gold check out my book, Fists full of Gold. It’s an encyclopedia of everything on the topic of prospecting. It’s available on Amazon. You can find it at (affiliate):

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  1. Roger Dudra on August 13, 2022 at 8:27 am

    Being a 3rd generation Montanan I shudder to think of the placer gold I’ve fished over for 30+ years of chashin trouts.

  2. NHRA gold on August 13, 2022 at 8:34 am

    Not sure how I missed this one. Montana is one of my target areas.

  3. Anna Beaulne on August 13, 2022 at 8:34 am

    Hi Chris …..First Like for ya …..Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  4. UriahKiser on August 13, 2022 at 8:39 am

    There regulations aren’t bad have you ever prospected or heard of anyone in Wyoming back country finding much?

  5. UriahKiser on August 13, 2022 at 8:40 am

    Where are good places to prospect in Wyoming

  6. just me on August 13, 2022 at 8:41 am

    Can you prospect on fed land? How do you find out where other peoples claims are so you dont tresspass on their claim?

  7. John W Bernard on August 13, 2022 at 8:43 am

    Got it nice And Clear In Maine, Big John. Send Moore

  8. Gary Ryan on August 13, 2022 at 8:43 am

    You really have a great learning channel . And boy do I have los to learn . Say Chris , I am in Mammoth lakes Ca . Any decent spots you might no of in this area ? Thanks again for the teaching . Peace

  9. Montana Gold on August 13, 2022 at 8:50 am

    Amazing documentary Chris. Thanks much for all your great videos.

  10. A Real Conundrum on August 13, 2022 at 8:50 am

    More great info. Horse prairie creek is actually west of Bannack and is a few hours from Confederate Gulch. It is the area where Sacagawea met up with her tribal family while guiding the Lewis and Clark expedition. The source of gold in this creek is heavily contributed to by the Jeff Davis mining area located nearby.

  11. thomas ackerman on August 13, 2022 at 8:52 am

    Hard rock gold…is this as easy to find as placer gold with a detector? What dectectors would find both?

  12. MTcoiner on August 13, 2022 at 8:53 am

    I live in Townsend Montana. It is difficult to to get access to good ground around here. That being said, The Missouri River has collected alot of gold over the course of time. He who is persistent will find alot of fine flower gold and some small flakes along with garnet/sapphires in the river gravel bars.

    Remember to pick up your trash and smooth the ground back out in publicly accessable areas folks. Don’t be the guy who ruins it for everyone.

  13. Todd Pickens on August 13, 2022 at 8:54 am

    Great video.
    Just purchased 40 acres NW of Drummond near Bear Gulch.

  14. J Nolette on August 13, 2022 at 8:57 am

    Living in AZ so long I’m dying to find a second home (summer of course) up north to be around streams, trees, and mountains. Western Montana is high on the list. Dry washing here is a dusty business!

  15. Mike Louis on August 13, 2022 at 8:57 am

    Very interesting insights. I combine gold prospecting with rock hounding and this area looks great for both. Much more research on my part is required. Thanks for the tips and in depth information this region.

  16. William Gipson on August 13, 2022 at 8:58 am

    Chris, what do you think about a Garrett Recon Pro detector? I have a friend who has one for sale? Thanks…

  17. Joe Navarro on August 13, 2022 at 8:58 am

    I grew up in the Sierra’s, above coloma and I grew up finding a lot of gold . I have thought since I’ve been here this isn’t the Sierra’s there can’t be gold here. I think I’m wrong. Thinking about it, I remember that where there’s copper and crystals there’s gold. I live in Butte. I find crystals in my yard and there’s copper in Butte. There has to be gold near by.

  18. Seth Ellis on August 13, 2022 at 9:03 am

    Thanks for sharing. We live in Bozeman and my patents are in Ennis. I know there really isn’t gold in Gallatin county, but currently looking for places outside Ennis to go where I won’t get in trouble. It’s challenging to find areas that are not claimed or private vs. safe and legal.

  19. Warne Young on August 13, 2022 at 9:12 am

    Hi Chris, I discovered a dike with Sapphires,since then I have returned but having now to relocate in a very steep difficult area, Iam trying to figure out the type of camera /sensors ,such as spectrography ,magnatometer , lidar, infra red, gradiometer I can mount on a drone to help rediscover? the dike is 20ft, wide and 4oo’-500’long.Thank You

  20. ZE0XE0 on August 13, 2022 at 9:14 am

    I like the photos from the Tech mineral museum. Always a fun place to stop by. The curator is really friendly too.

  21. ZE0XE0 on August 13, 2022 at 9:14 am

    Too bad its already gotten so snowy and cold here so early in the season.

  22. Rehman khan on August 13, 2022 at 9:16 am

    Sir,, can you make video about Indian geology ,, India was the part of Australia 250 millions years back ,, would you recommend me to buy detector and get in this field ?😅

  23. William Gipson on August 13, 2022 at 9:16 am

    Thanks for the informative video that you have shared with us. A couple of questions, if you don’t mind, some of the maps you had in this video, where could I find them? Who makes a reasonably priced pulse induction metal detector? I am not really interested in finding coins and jewelry stuff. Once again thanks for sharing your video and knowledge.

  24. Jeff Salcedo on August 13, 2022 at 9:18 am

    How do you get the maps you shared in the video and how can you find out if there’s an active claim in an area that you want to explore?

  25. Francis Auld on August 13, 2022 at 9:19 am

    Thank you Chris. What type of metal detector would you recommend for a beginner like me?I really enjoyed the video. Looking forward to more of you material.

  26. Lee Hilton on August 13, 2022 at 9:20 am

    When I lived in Bozeman I would go out on the weekends to the Tobacco Roots and a little out in emigrant creek area too. Was still really new to the game at the time. Really miss living there. Will be back soon enough with the family

  27. James Flom on August 13, 2022 at 9:22 am

    You can find gold in Valley County. The majority is fine glacial drift gold but you can find enough to make it pay.

  28. Smithsgold on August 13, 2022 at 9:23 am

    My Great Great Grandfather had a Silver and Gold mine in the Sula Montana area

  29. Ascending Descendant on August 13, 2022 at 9:24 am

    Great…asshole! Now there will be a mass ravaging of our streams…as if it wasn’t bad enough that COVID 19 and the fall of liberal cities is going to cause a mass migration.

  30. Steven Rivinius on August 13, 2022 at 9:25 am

    You’re so lame Virginia City was a largest Placer gold deposit ever found in the world they took out over three million ounces in three years and you’re talking about it like a hiccup in history. Nuggets in excess of 20 pounds were found there guys that work the dredges saw chunks of gold the size of chickens fall off the back of them California never had it so good

  31. robert hammond on August 13, 2022 at 9:26 am

    Explained “ claims” in Montana?

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