The people you need to contact to obtain authorization and permits for metal detection depend on the location. If you are hunting on private property, permission from the owner is required. If you are hunting in a park, it may be enough to contact the local authorities to get permission. Here are some guidelines. Is it possible to detect metals on Crown lands? As with hunting federal lands, there are many state laws that protect state sites and their historic resources. State laws will be enacted in accordance with national laws, so there will be similar restrictions on restricted areas and violations will be prosecuted. But don`t be discouraged, as there are many state sites you can explore with and without permission, including state parks and state beaches. Almost everywhere you go in Maryland, you`ll need a permit before you can use your metal detector to search for hidden objects. State law prohibits metal detection by individuals in state parks, with the exception of public swimming beaches — and even then, you`ll need to ask permission. Cities and counties usually require you to ask permission before searching on their property.

And of course, you should never detect metal on private property without permission. Your best bet for legal metal detection is to contact local officials when determining where to detect. If you plan to extend your hunt beyond your own fences, you will need a permit. Asking to detect metal on someone`s farmland, backyard or acreage isn`t always a pleasant experience, but you still need permission. Always get written permission from the owner before discovering on private property. Before we get started, let`s cover the number one rule when it comes to metal detection. DO NOT enter properties without first obtaining permission from the owner. I repeat permission first! Second, check local and federal laws to make sure you are legally allowed to detect the metal in that particular area. County parks usually have the fewest restrictions, but that could depend on the state you`re in and what that means for the area and local government. Most of the time, you can spot metal in these places, but just like hunting in city parks, you should know what requirements or regulations you need to follow before going hunting.

National forests generally allow recreational metal detection, gold panning and rock collection without special permission, and never hunt in archaeological or historical areas. It`s always best to keep up to date with the local ranger office just to be safe. I don`t remember how many times I lost my meal allowance or heard another child complain about losing their meal allowance during recess. How about lost rings or cool relics that may have been brought in to show and tell? Really amazing things were found in schoolyards. Make sure you only recognize when the school is not in session. „Where can I see metal for old coins and jewelry?“ This is one of the most frequently asked questions by beginners and beginner detectors. To be honest, this is a question you`ll keep asking yourself as long as you`re into the hobby of metal detection. Don`t worry, we`d tell you about 20 great places to detect metals. There are many federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, and regulations that can get you into big trouble if you don`t get the laws first. This means that your hunt is temporarily suspended until you can determine if you can even be there with or without your metal detector.

York County Chapter 17 – ARTICLE: III. Regulation respecting the use and hygiene of public property §§ 17-35. Conservation of natural resources and public buildings and property. (e) Metal detectors: Except as provided below, it is prohibited to possess or use mineral or metal detectors in a county park or public area; provided, however, that possession of such a device in a motor vehicle is permitted if the device is dismantled or packaged so as to prevent its use in public spaces. The following are exempt from the prohibitions provided for in this section: (1) fatometers, radars and electronic devices used primarily for the navigation and safe operation of vessels and aircraft; and (2) mineral or metal detectors used in the conduct of licensed activities with the authorization of the appropriate official. (3) Metal detectors when used on the sandy beach of the Yorktown Waterfront, excluding those portions of the beach owned by the National Park Service and provided that disturbance of any of the overgrown dunes is prohibited. Revised source May 15, 2012 – Meeting of the Board of Supervisors You can legally detect literally anywhere if you have permission. Federal and state states are usually a no-no unless you can get permission. Beaches are usually a safe place for metal detection, but regulations can prevent you from accessing parts of the beach or going into the water. Parks that allow metal detection with or without authorization expect detectors to follow local regulations and adhere to a code of ethics. In most cases, you don`t need to get permission to recognize a public school, but historic schools are another story. Many of these historic school buildings are federally or society-protected points of interest or located on private property.

The Black Hills National Forest in South Dakota would be a great option for metal detection. This is where I did most of my recognition and succeeded every time. There is much of the national forest, but there are towns and other communities scattered throughout the forest that offer many artifacts. Contact the city or district parks department if you want to detect metals in city or district parks. Usually, you can get permission from the local park department. If you want access to other local government facilities such as courts, contact the city or county department responsible for maintaining the property. One of the best places for fallen jewelry is at the bottom and top of the ski lifts. The cold causes the skin to contract effectively, reducing the size of the skiers` rings, and when they take off their gloves to attach or loosen the equipment, the rings fly away, lost in the snow, until you and your metal detector find them out of season. You may also want to spot metal along the way to the lifts, as skiers often play with the equipment and take photos while on the way up. How many times have you heard someone say, „I lost my bus money?“ Heck, I lost my bus money as a kid playing with coins out of boredom. This is one of those places that is often overlooked by metal detectors. North Carolina follows the Antiquities Act of 1906 when it comes to metal detection.

By law, a person cannot degrade an archaeological resource on state land by removing, damaging or excavating the resource without permission. This person is not authorized to buy, transport or trade the resource after excavation, and there can be up to $5,000 in fines and six months in jail. Excavated objects must be confiscated for the benefit of the state. The term „archaeological resource“ is intentionally vague, and different archaeologists may see the term differently. The Boy Scout and Girl Scout camps are great places to discover coins and jewelry. Often, these Scout camps have been around for many years and have a long history. Scout memories can also be very valuable. Resting areas can also provide excellent metal detection. National and regional rest areas may be off-limits, check with the local government, but there are many rural stops located on public land. Federal Statutes The Antiquities Act of 1906 was drafted before the existence of metal detectors; However, the law still exists and states that it is illegal to „appropriate, excavate, injure, or destroy historical or prehistoric ruins or monuments or objects of antiquity located on lands owned or controlled by the Government of the United States.“ The Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 defines an „archaeological resource“ as „weapons, projectiles and tools.“ This law makes it illegal to collect, disturb or excavate artifacts that are more than 100 years old on federal property. Metal detectors are prohibited in all federal and national parks in the United States.

In addition, no monument or historical site allows you to use a metal detector on their premises. Plus, you could theoretically be stopped if you just have a metal detector in your vehicle. A person is not normally permitted to engage in metal detection on state lands, except beaches, unless they receive permission from the Texas Historical Commission. Treasure hunters are generally not allowed to engage in metal detection on federal or Indian lands. Explore the location of the country during the fair. Look for jewelry supports, often jewelry is dropped during assembly and/or disassembly. Customers will also drop their own jewelry when trying out or purchasing new jewelry from the seller. Also look for food stalls and locker rooms where participants enter and exit in costumes.