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Is gold prospecting difficult?

No, it isn’t. It’s easy to learn enough to get out into the great outdoors and do this thoroughly rewarding, healthy and fun activity, and find some gold.
Perhaps you have read a little about the rewards of gold prospecting and the idea has grabbed you or maybe your friends have been encouraging you to give it a go but you don’t know where to start. Please read on.

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What equipment do I need—what does it cost?

You can experience the thrill of finding your own gold with no more than a pan, a small shovel or trowel and bottle for collecting your gold. You can buy a well-designed pan for between $10-$20 USD. As you discover the joy of finding your own gold and the pleasures of being in nature with your friends and family, you may decide to get more serious and look at investing in technical gold prospecting tools, such as gold detectors or sluices. You can purchase some of these advanced tools for under $100 USD.
For as little as $6000 USD, you can equip yourself with the top of the range professional-level gold detecting equipment. Surely, this is a small price to pay for so much pleasure, especially when you compare it to the cost of other sports such as scuba diving or skiing. You can find a wide range of the best prospecting equipment at www.goldprospectingequip.com.

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Where can I go gold prospecting?

Many countries such as USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand allow gold prospecting on government land. There are strict regulations governing these activities and you can find out more at www.goldprospectingequip.com. You may also prospect on private land provided the owner gives you permission.
Where you decide to go gold prospecting will have a bearing on the type of equipment you need to purchase. For example, if you plan to prospect in desert areas, pans and sluices, which require water, are not going to be suitable. For dry area prospecting you can expect to pay a little more.

Why not take a look at the page “The World’s Top 20 Gold Prospecting Locations” on this site.
Do I need a license or permit?

To prospect on government land you will need to obtain a permit in most cases. This might cost in the region of $20 USD for ten years. In some cases, there may also be a small charge for entry to reserve land or national parks. The New Zealand government permits the public to prospect free of charge in seventeen designated areas. Always ensure you have permission before you start prospecting and remember that some rivers cross private property.

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Where can I get more information?

Many areas have prospecting clubs, which you can join. Club members tend to be a very friendly and helpful bunch and they will point you in the right direction.

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