We work hard every mining season to locate new claims for prospectors who are just getting started. One very important tip is that whether or not you choose to file on a claim, as long as that claim is open you are free to prospect it to your hearts desire. However, keep in mind that once you or someone else files on the claim it becomes closed to mining. Nevertheless, you may still be able to enjoy other aspects of the property if it is located on public property. A mining claim does not give exclusive rights to miner.