Fossicking is amongst one of the most interesting hobbies that take shape from elements that have not only shaped civilizations, but also governed our childhood. Fossicking has been a massive influence to the way human settlements have moved around the world. Today, fossicking is still used as a commercial prospecting tool for mining or just as a recreational tool that makes your weekends fun.

In essence, fossicking is the same as prospecting but where "prospecting" is a term that's used for gold, fossicking encompasses almost everything else, including metals (precious or otherwise), fossils and even gold. Around the world, fossicking is known by many different names, including rock hounding, gem mining and, even, prospecting.

Fossicking is extremely popular around the world and while we, as children, probably went rummaging through our backyards, this hobby is solely aimed at taking that innocent little adventure to the next level.

What is it?
Fossicking is a great hobby that involves not just adults, but young children too. There is something for everyone to do and that means everyone gets something out of it at the end of the day. Armed with gold pans or sluice boxes, you can head out to locations where there are reports, or possibilities, of gold, metals or fossils, to be found, and dig them up using those simple fossicking tools.

It is an opportunity to not just search for such items, it is also a chance to spend and enjoy time in nature, sitting amidst breathtaking beauty and even camping out there if possible.

How to do it?
Fossicking can be performed not just on land, but also in water. There are plenty of tools that can help you start off - picks, shovels, shakers, gold pans, sieves and hammers are just some of those tools that you can get started with. Without actually excavating, fossicking involves sifting and cleaning up through layers of soil and loose dirt, searching for "treasures".

There are different ways of going about the task depending on what you are looking for. For e.g. gold and similarly dense metals can be found by using a gold pan or sieve. If you are looking through rocks, then a hammer and chisel might come handy, breaking through rocks and stones to see what's been lying inside.

Whether you sift through layers of sand at the bed of a river or simply sit on dry land and split rocks through the middle, fossicking is a whole lot of fun for the entire family.

Are there Rules?
Yes, there are plenty of rules related to fossicking, and they begin with the Native Title Act. Any land that comes under this act has restrictions! Using the tools, mentioned above, is the only way you can go fossicking on native land. In land that doesn't fall under this act, you are allowed to go beyond the hand-held tools but the use of power tools is still not allowed.

Explosives and dredges are completely not allowed while you cannot disturb the surface, excavate or process the land. You can go about fossicking anywhere except in national parks or state forests where special permissions might be required,

The Treasure
So you go fossicking with your family and some of the gang comes up with something - who owns it? In almost all cases, any publicly owned material becomes the property of the person who found it at the time the object was taken out of the land. What that means is that if you found it on land where you were, legally, allowed to go fossicking, then that bit of treasure is yours to keep.

Fossicking is a simple hobby that has braced out of the more serious commercial aspects of this line of work. Like commercial work, the recreational part also deals with the environment and ensuring that the environment is left undamaged is an essential part of the hobby. By taking care to not hurt or endanger the local flora and fauna, you can avoid getting into trouble with the law.

There are plenty of things to remember when going fossicking with the family or with friends. One of the most important things is to learn to enjoy where you are and what you are doing. Sitting in the midst of Mother Nature and getting the opportunity to relax with a truly invigorating hobby, fossicking is surely one of the best pleasures in life.

Whether you are taking part in tours or simply heading out there on your own, you will love the way fossicking breathes fresh air into your life.

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