Not to be a spoil sport,and since this is a public forum ,with lots of readers new to
prospecting on public land, a few words of caution.
Absolutley no explosives of any type,can be used for casual mining or prospecting.
No electric ,air or gas hammers or drills are allowed either. Only hand tools such as
picks,shovels,hammers,gads,or chisels are allowed for excavation period.
Use of power tools,or explosives,requires ,permits,notice or plan of operations,and
bonds. Any violation of the casual use rules can result in fines,damages, and getting
black listed from prospecting on public lands. If you are doing any of these on your
claim,it can result in losing your claim too. Anything above casual use,requires a notice,
or plan ,and bonds.
The only approved electric or motorized equipment for casual use is highbankers,
drywashers,or vacs,and dredges where allowed, 10 horsepower is the max for these.