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Magazines & Online Forums for Gold Prospectors & Treasure Hunters


Gold Prospecting Magazines


Even though we are in the age of the internet, some folks still prefer to sit down and read a magazine. Even though I own a gold prospecting website, I still prefer to just read a magazine sometimes. Here are 5 magazines geared toward treasure hunters, gold prosectors, and metal detectorists.




The International California Mining Journal (ICMJ) is by far the best prospecting magazine in my opinion. I like it because it seeks the writers are skilled prospectors who are knowledgable about geology and actually finding gold. The information is solid, not fluff.


Gold Prospectors


Gold Prospectors magazine has been around forever. To be honest, I never really liked it. I found that many of the articles were more about promoting their various claims (which require an annual membership to access) instead of providing quality information about prospecting.


Rock & Gem


Rock and gem is primarily for rockhounds and lapidary artists, but they also have gold themed issues on occassion. They also focus on some of the more spectacular specimen-grade gold that is being found.


Western & Eastern Treasures


This is more geared toward coin shooters than it is to gold prospecting, but it occasionally has some good prospecting information. They have one issue each year called “Silver & Gold” that always has some good prospecting information in it.


U.S. Gold Forums


Online forums are great places to get informations and share finds. These are my favorite forums for gold prospectors, particularly if you are interested in metal detecting for gold.




This is a forum that is good for general metal detecting information. The owner has some good write-ups about the latest detector releases.




This is my favorite gold detecting forum. It is run by Bill Southern in Arizona. Most of the members are from Arizona as well, but of course there are people from all over the West too.




This is another good forum dominated primarily by Arizona prospectors. More or less the same group of guys that you will find over on the NuggetShooter and ArizonaOutback forums.




TreasureNet was the first forum that I joined years ago. I was more into coin shooting at the time, and it is definitely the biggest forum out there covering a wide variety of topics. It’s a good forum, though I kind of get annoyed by all the “armchair experts” on there. Still a good forum to check out.


Australia Gold Forums



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