Your metal detector is ready to go, and now you can’t wait to take it out into the world; we hear that! Before you go out, make sure to do your research on the laws.
It can be challenging to keep up with metal detecting laws when they vary between countries, states, and even counties.
Your best bet is to contact local officials when trying somewhere new to go detecting, but for now, we can help you get a grip of where to start.
Here’s to more responsible metal detecting!
Using a metal detector in National Parks
When looking for places to explore, a park may be one of the first to pop into your head. Therefore the question is obvious, can you use a metal detector in National Parks?
First, you need to know that laws and permits will vary between different parks. If you’re looking to dig into a National or State Park, it is most likely that metal detectors are not permitted. However, measures change between states, and you may be in luck!
In Florida, for example, State Parks allow detectorists to explore designated areas. At coastal parks, feel free to hunt between the waterline and toe of the dune. When in doubt, feel free to ask the park managers to indicate the detectors-allowed area.
County parks usually have the least amount of restrictions, but as mentioned before, it will depend on your state.
How to use a metal detector in National Parks
National and State Parks are often protected and have historical or tribal significance. However, it is possible to explore some park areas if they are free of historical resources.
For almost any federal or state land, you can look into asking for permission from the park superintendent, district commander, or other federal officials.
When asking for permission, whether to use a metal detector in National Parks or on private property, make sure to check the laws beforehand. Then, remember these helpful tips:
- Be polite and follow the metal detectorist’s code of ethics.
- Offer to recover lost items, and report any historical finds or “treasure”.
- Be transparent about the techniques you will use.
- Reassure the person responsible that you will plug holes, collect trash, and do as little damage as possible.
Once you get permission, it may be safer to get it in writing, specifying the time and date you are allowed to explore the land, the equipment and tools you will use, and both your and the landowner’s contact information.
If you’re looking to explore someone’s private property, you may spark interest by informing the landowner about historical facts about their property. Remember that being a well-behaved detectorist will help you gain the landowner’s trust to keep on being allowed on their property!
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