Rye Patch Nugget Shoot

RYE PATCH 2018 Date is September 15, 2018 (Saturday)  Mark your calendar.  If you want to donate a prize,  or want more info please contact Lori under the contact page!  The following info was from the 2017 hunt….left for those that want to know more about it, until I get more details for the 2018 hunt.

Thank you to all for another successful event!!!!  Please check out the pictures posted of Prize Winners and Gallery Pics of the event for 2017.  A Special Thank you to the Prize Sponsors!

This years Fifth Annual Nugget Shoot will be held on Saturday September 23, 2017 at the Rye Patch Reservoir State Park in Northern Nevada.   This hunt will be put on with the GPAA of Northern Nevada and the Reno Prospecting and Detector Club, with Major help from Rye Patch State Park and the much appreciated sponsors.  (Please consider being a sponsor of this event.  No donation is too small!)  This is the worlds largest FREE ADMISSION Metal Detector hunt. This hunt will be held on 100 acres of State Park Land (entrance to the State Park is a discounted $5.00 for day use fee per vehicle).  Camping is also available for $12.00 per day (NV Resident) or $14.00 per day (non Nevada Resident).  This fee is payable to the State Park.

Camping is available at the State Park (first come first serve, there are overflow areas too, fees paid to state park)

Nearest Motel/ Inn Lodging is in Lovelock, NV (if you are coming from the West) or Winnemucca (if you are coming from the East).  Call early to make reservations, motels fill up quickly.

Make sure to READ the Rye Patch Nugget Shoot Rules also under the Rye Patch Tab at the top of the website!


DATE: Sept 23rd, 2017 – 10am-3pm
LOCATION: Rye Patch State Recreation Area
2505 Rye Patch Reservoir Rd, Lovelock, NV 89419
NO entry will be allowed into the Hunt area before the start of the Hunt. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Must be present to win a prize. Taxes on prizes if any are the responsibility of winner.
(The organizers can change/add to the agenda at any time without notice.)
Saturday, September 23rd
8:45am Direction signs placed to hunt field.
9:00am Nugget shoot participant sign-in begins at the hunt field.
9:30am – 2:30 pm Demonstrations – Ongoing – variety of detectors demonstrated and help with your
detector by our experts.
9:45am Rules for the hunt announced. Sponsors announced and thanked.
9:55am All metal detectorist’s line up for start of hunts.
10:00am Metal Detecting Hunts for Adults and Kids begins.
10:30am – 1:00 pm Guest speakers – ongoing.
11:00am – 2:45 pm Grill Sergeants Tasty Tri-Tip Food booth open (or until out of food).  Prices range $2-$9
3:00pm Adult and Kids Metal Detecting Hunts end.
3:00pm Prizes for Kids Hunt given away.
3:10pm Prize drawing for Adult Hunt begins. MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN.


5:00pm Pot Luck Dinner in the lower campground, River Bend Group Area – set up.
5:15pm Food line opened (or when we are ready). Grill Sergeants will provide main dish, just bring a dish to share, your own plates, eating utensils and chairs to sit on.
8:00pm Pot-Luck Dinner ends. Help with clean up would be appreciated.

A SPECIAL THANKS goes out to all that helped set this event up. Numerous people gave up their time to
make this a special day for everyone at no charge, this is how we are having a free event with great prizes. If
you see one of them say thank you. They should not be hard to spot – tired, blurred-eyes and mumbling to
If you are staying in the area after the hunt and would like something to do:
The following is what has happened in the past, no guarantee the following will happen this year. These
outings on Sunday and Monday are not part of the Metal detector hunt, just something some people like doing
and are inviting you along.
Sunday, September 24th
8:30am – The organizers will be cleaning up the hunt field, tables, garbage, signs, chairs and shade
structures so forth. If you can, we would appreciate the help.
Day trip to gold field usually happens. If it does occur we will announce it Saturday. Time and meet location is
announced at the Hunt Field and at the Pot Luck Saturday night.
Monday, Sept 25th
The last couple of years we have had a tour of a local mine. Start time 9:00 am. Not set up yet, if it does occur
we will announce it Saturday.


Thank you

GPAA of Northern Nevada Reno

Reno Prospecting and Detecting Club

Rye Patch Reservoir Recreation Area.

The Park Rangers at Rye Patch State Park.