Nice. I have done some metal detecting, and also some prospecting and found many intresting things.
Yes, you can find a lot of stuff, and even very valuable items, but there are laws regarding metal detecting all over the country which differ from
state, to state.
It is a healthy passtime, and it is very fun. But, laws have become very restrictive. Some were placed to protect national treasures that haven't
been found, but many of the laws are too restrictive in some states.
Some of the rules which are universal in all states, is that you can't use metal detectors in designated, and protected historical places.
You can't even have a metal detector with you if you are in a in a National Park, because it will be confiscted, and you will get a fine.
Get acquanted with the laws in your state regarding metal detectors.
You can metal detect in parks in some states, but you better contact the Park director and ask if you can metal detect. Ask for the permission to be
in written form. You do have to learn how to make plugs for when digging in parks, so you don't destroy the grass, and then you can simply fold the
plug to retrieve whatever you find, and then you can fold the plug back.
Here is a video showing you the plug technique.
BTW, you don't need to spend too much money on tools for metal detecting. There are some small handheld shovels, which can be folded and are sold in
Walmart for $5 which are great, and work better than some of the tools other treasure hunters use.
Make sure to tell the director of the parks in your area that you will be using the plug method, and you will clean the area, and leave it not only as
it was before, but better.
Metal detecting in parks means that you will find a lot of trash, and you have to clean the areas where you are searching to be able to find something
worth it, and believe me, you will find good things, and even valuable things.
However, if you find rings with a name in it, you have to try to contact the owner, or take it to the police so that they can try to find the owner.
The police will have it for a time, and if they can't fid the owner, then they might give it back to you, depending of where you live. I am sure not
all police stations work the same way. This is not only the right thing to do, but if you do find something valuable which has the name of the owner,
and you try to sell it to a pawn broker, pawn brokers are required by law to notify the police, and that is a situation you don't want to get into.
Here are some good sites to help you if you decide to metal detect.
However, you can always metal detect in private properties if you get permission from the owner. I prefer to make sure to get the permission in
writting with the signature of the owner, i just write before going to an area i researched, and belongs to a private owner, and just have it signed
if they agree. i do this if the owner/owners are just an acquaintance, or a stranger. Of course, if you find something valuable the owner will
sometimes want a percentage of whatever you can get from it, so in the permission write a percentage that you will give to the owner if you find
something valuable. Most people agree with a 50-50 %.
Hope this info helps you, and don't get discouraged. There are thousands of people who do metal detecting, or and prospecting, and most of these
people do have a regular job, and don't get in trouble.
Also, most states, and cities have clubs for metal detecting, so do a search online and see if there is one for your area, so you can get in contact
with other people who like to do this.
You will find people of all ages, and all backgrounds who enjoy this hobby.
[edit on 22-3-2009 by Muaddib72]