An Introduction to Gold Sniping

Gold sniping is a rough-and-ready method you can use to find gold flakes and nuggets in rivers and streams. Learn what equipment you'll need, how to find sniping sites, techniques to use, and how to pan for gold.



Gold Panning
Using a gold pan is quite simple, but also easy to do incorrectly.
PHOTO: JIM BALLARD
Gold Nuggets
Most of this gold, which totaled about two ounces, was found in one softball-sized pocket, either picked up as nuggets or panned out of gathered sand and pebbles.
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gold sniping nugget
The wooden pointer indicates an "as we found it" nugget.
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gold sniping stream site
This "V" channel provided productive sniping.
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