Thanks Steve for providing an opportunity for Membership to learn…our CA claims have great trout fishing too! Hmmm!
Your discussion regarding possible animal encounters is timely! I just returned from working a claim I own up on the Shasta River in Northern California. I was surprised to find piles and piles of bear scat in the particular area I like to sluice. I usually keep a pistol in the car when prospecting, but after seeing all that scat, I kept my .40 S&W and an extra clip on my belt at all times. It was probably the most nervous time I’ve ever spent prospecting. Thank heaven, I didn’t see a single bear. The river is great for trout fishing, so that’s probably what attracts the bears.