How do you stake a claim on unclaimed gold mines?


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To stake a claim on an unclaimed gold mine, a prospector must mark claim boundaries clearly and distinctly for easy identification, according to the Bureau of Land Management. A prospector must also check the claim grounds for markings of claims established previously and check BLM records for recorded claims.

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As of 2015, prospectors must record new mining claims with the BLM. Before locating a mining claim, a prospector needs to contact the proper agency in the claim state to find out what laws and regulations apply to staking and recording claims because most jurisdictions have state-specific requirements, explains the BLM. When a claimant asserts the right to hold and develop a piece of land and remove gold or other valuable minerals that have been discovered, it is called a mining claim.

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