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Post  yellowmellow Tue Jun 25, 2024 8:22 pm

has anyone seen or come accross anything untoward in the bush while detecting or in the bush in general.
can be a person or just something telling you that something is just not right.
and like a werid feeling that something is up.
like a weird person or like could be anything.
and everything feels like a bad mystery.
even like a crime has happened or some dodgy stuff going on that just looks real sus.
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Post  moredeep Tue Jun 25, 2024 10:14 pm

I've been detecting for decades now Tim and haven't come across anything to suss.
I've found stolen cars, buried number plates and the occasional bong and dumped rubbish.
No dead bodies yet What a Face affraid Laughing but it does happen from time to time as we hear on the news.
Just enjoy the bush mate and focus on the gold cheers



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Post  yellowmellow Tue Jun 25, 2024 10:37 pm

For me personally touch wood nothing too bad.
Kind of thinking sometime park rangers and alike are imposers.
I become weiry when i see on the side of fences that trespassers will be prosectuted and like huge stay out signs even tho im on my right side of the fence when driving into the bush and like a paddock is on my side.
I have tho say 7 years ago came accross a dodgy marawana canabiss plantation that was once there was cleared by police but there were still some left around the spot still.
But like alot of us just the usual rubbish dumps trash dumps in the bush.
With these trash dumps you really dont know whats in there like anything could be in it.
Always become suspect of people off the main roads near the bush on days of total fire bans in bush fire season like in jan and feb and its like 41 degs. Kind feel they are up to no good.
Also i find strange is that some land owners get surprised to see you driving up a track which in near distance to some kind of population like a town its like i have encroched on them doing something.
Most annyoing people in the bush are those pesty motor bike bandits i hate them they make soooo much noise and i hate them they ride those bush track motor bikes trail bike hoons. bush track hoons they are scarey.
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Post  yellowmellow Sun Jun 30, 2024 3:46 pm

Anyone got any unexpected experiances while out bush.
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Post  adrian ss Sun Jun 30, 2024 5:09 pm

I was shot at once and on another occasion somebody tried to break into my wagon while I was sleeping in it. Both incidence  near Wedderburn Vic.  Also near Wedderburn... rescued a Roo that had fallen down a mine shaft behind the high school. Aaaarh those were the days when life was fun. Very Happy
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Post  Kon61gold Sun Jun 30, 2024 11:41 pm

Tim, in todays times, the safest place to be in, is camping out under the stars, deep in the forest or bush, away from the rat race. Shocked Smile  
Fun is what we make it Adrian.  

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Post  adrian ss Mon Jul 01, 2024 8:25 am

my happenings were all back in the seventies and the time that I spent in the Triangle was some of the best days of my life never to be forgotten.
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Post  yellowmellow Mon Jul 01, 2024 4:43 pm

Bush is the best and its fun.
Kind of a real feel to it too.
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Post  yellowmellow Mon Jul 01, 2024 5:00 pm

Waht i love been out bush and mainly in central vic is that you are amoung history and hertitage.
Kind of a stepping back in time.
Love finding relics and seeing things that have been thee ever since the gold rush days of the 1840s.
And the momuments and tracks and things there like puddlers and alike.
Kind of got a feel good feel about it.
Also a great way to relax and get out of the city every now and again.
I find the towns like Moligaul and alike so interesting and all of the areas around there.
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Post  yellowmellow Wed Jul 10, 2024 5:54 pm

Have we been involved in a major scale bush fire in summer while out bush
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Post  nero_design Thu Jul 11, 2024 6:29 pm

I've not had any serious issues in the bush whilst prospecting. Though I have been followed on more than a couple of occasions. I have spoken to fellow prospectors who have been confronted by armed lunatics whilst looking for gold and two were police officers - one of whom was with the federal police when bailed up on Crown Land by a man with a double-barrelled shotgun. Another was a celebrity from Australian television who had his friend robbed of his detector & his car stolen up on the North Coast. I've got a couple of friends who were forced to leave public ground (south of Bathurst) where they were panning and sluicing... after being confronted by a woman with a shotgun (who was later arrested). People return to find their fuel drained from their car in areas like Stuart Town and Wellington. Plain clothed police in the State Forests have been attacked by young thieves in stolen cars. We encountered a mountainside meth lab on a hill in the Sunny Corner State Forest and my friend put his boot through one of the drums filled with a precursor mixture ... causing us to nearly collapse in the car later as the fumes hit us.
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The biggest threat on the road to the goldfields is likely to be hitting an animal or being involved in an accident. The biggest threats in the bush itself would include sun-exposure, stinging insects, snakes and dehydration - followed by misstep (injury from tripping or falling). I got stung last year, bitten by a snake and then ruptured my bladder after falling onto rocks, resulting in two stays in Westmead Hospital. I was wearing snake gaiters when I was bitten on the left hand whilst getting up from the ground on the Turon river. The snake venom stopped me bleeding out internally after falling forward onto rocks. The worst part of all of this was the treatment.
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That said, I also pursue astrophotography and so I'm often in remote locations for clear skies. I've been approached a few times by strangers in the dark. The strangest one was when I selected a random unsealed road to test a camera sensor in the middle of Winter whilst returning to Sydney from Canberra at near-midnight with my wife and friends. It was nearly 5°C outside and as I was setting up my tripod, a strange man with a hardhat and a headlamp came out of the thick bushland in the dark and approached me to ask questions about what lens I was using (it was a tiny lens). There were no other cars nearby and this was an unselaed road at 11pm at night. He stood behind me in the dark talking to me and I immediately packed my gear and left. I saw a sign on my GPS that showed I was on the outskirts of the infamous Belanglo State Forest.
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When Prospecting, I'm sometimes approached by people who just want to say hello and make small talk as they pass me by. Fortunately I haven't experienced anything too sinister myself. I've met a few genuinely rude people out there but most are friendly. I've not personally been threatened. I mistakenly followed some tourists over a small bridge once and onto someone's private property with a metal detector and later became "best friends" with the owner when he came over to talk. That's the only time I went someplace by mistake and it was right next to a public access point.
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