reply to post by Bonkeman
You also need to know the law, unfortunately there are laws even against metal detecting. For example National Parks are off the list, if you are even
found with a metal detector trying to get into a National Park get ready for a hefty fine, and even possibly some jail time. Historic sites are also
a big no no, metal detecting anywhere even close to one will also get you a hefty fine and possible jail time.
I can understand if they are against dredging, but searching with a metal detector being illegal in so many places is just ridiculous. Also, if you
plan on metal detecting in a park, you need to get written permission from the director of that park, and it needs to be written, not just a
handshake, and be ready for getting no permission at all in many parks.
If you do get permission, you need to learn a few things about metal detecting in a park, first, you have to leave it as it was, or better. you need
to learn the plug technique so you don't mess up the lawn, and you have to get good at it, so that noone complains about plugs in their parks.
Another problem you might encounter is if you find anything that is 100 years or older, it is consider an antique and as such it belongs to the state
where you find it. You MIGTH get a finder's fee, but don't think it will be a lot because it won't be that much.
Also, each state, in the U.S., has different laws on metal detecting, in some states it is even illegal to do it at a beach.
Other countries also have similar laws on metal detecting and treasure hunting.
There are people who actually think there is nothing to be found anymore, but that is not true, there is LOTS to be found which is why there are so
many laws against it, and there are laws which the state/federal government can use to confiscate what you find.
Pretty nifty huh?... welcome to the brave new world...
edit on 5-12-2011 by ElectricUniverse because: (no reason given)