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    Prepare For The Worst - Just Happened Again Here

    Prepare for the worst because it's probably coming. Here in Indiana most state beaches are closed to metal detecting during the beach season, this generally between Labor Day and Memorial Day. Not far from me we had one of the last holdouts, that property manager allowing detecting on the beach during the season as long as detectorist didn't crowd beach-goers. Well, this past June all of that came to an end due to the number of complaints from beach-goers that detectorist were getting too close to them as they lay on the their towels. So, the property manager was left with no choice, and I don't blame him.

    I just watched several videos on Youtube where detectorist were practically hunting on top of beach-goers along the towel lines and I just shook my head because these detectorist are simply sealing their/our inevitable fate. What are they thinking? Are they thinking at all? I've seen detectorst walk right into a crowded section of water with a heavy metal scoop in their hands, the breakers bouncing that scoop all over the place, past swimmers arms, legs, and even heads. It's only going to take just one injury to shut us down so why take that risk? We are not a huge source of revenue for these beaches, beach-goers and tourist dollars are. It's that simple. So why make ourselves an unwelcome pain?

    Personally, I can see why we are losing access and I honestly can?t blame the various authorities for installing metal detecting restrictions. The sad part, I'm seeing more and more of these detectorist on the beach with every new season and it's so easy to see where it will all eventually and inevitably lead. Just an FYI for everyone as there is absolutely zero reason to crowd these beach-goers and certainly no good or productive reason. I hate to think, and actually see, that our own actions will end up being our demise but it continues to play out that way, just as it recently did at one of our last holdouts here in my portion of Indiana. That property manager was allowing us all the rope he could possibly allow but no more, it's over now. He had to finally shut it all down simply due to a few detectorist who simply didn't care.
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    Is this for the full year or seasonal. Here places are close for the summer ( Chesapeake Bay) but open after Labor day. The ocean beaches are open year round but have some restrictions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OBN View Post
    Is this for the full year or seasonal. Here places are close for the summer ( Chesapeake Bay) but open after Labor day. The ocean beaches are open year round but have some restrictions.
    We're a bit different in that we don't have oceans, just a small corner of Lake Michigan. So far these seasonal restrictions have, for the most part, been limited to State Park beaches. But the concern is that these restrictions are gradually becoming more widespread, and the reasons why. I just don't understand why detectorist have to keep pressing that envelope when the writing is already on the wall as to what the outcome of their actions is going to be?
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    So far, our beaches are open year round.......even the State Beaches. In the summer, I can't imagine hunting during the middle of the day anyway. Why not just hunt at night or early morning when the crowds have all gone away? You have no traffic problem, no parking problem, no heat stroke risk, nobody to get in your way or bug you with questions.......
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    When, I dig on my own, i get out by 10:00 am when the people start showing up.

    I've been on a couple recovery calls in the afternoon and noticed a couple guys detecting 5 feet from people with a Go pro on the head. I don't think they are really interested in the detecting.

    We are still wide open in Michigan till complaints start coming in.
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    I get to the beach about a half hour before daylight and am gone by 10 am. I never hunt close to other people and don’t understand why anyone would. To me it’s an invasion of someone’s personal space even though it’s on a public beach.

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    My hunts are based on low tides, doesn't matter to me how many people are there. Florida beaches are not restricted.
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    We're lucky here. Most of our good minus tides are in the middle of the night during the summer time.
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    That's a shame, Bigscoop. I'm sorry to hear you're having trouble where you are. It sucks when others ruin things for those of us who behave ourselves.

    Quote Originally Posted by cudamark View Post
    So far, our beaches are open year round.......even the State Beaches. In the summer, I can't imagine hunting during the middle of the day anyway. Why not just hunt at night or early morning when the crowds have all gone away? You have no traffic problem, no parking problem, no heat stroke risk, nobody to get in your way or bug you with questions.......
    Yeah cudamark, this is what I do at the one place where I detect the beach. My family and I go to Bethany Beach, Delaware each summer and I only go after 5pm when the lifeguards blow their whistles and leave the beach (most people are gone by then anyway). Sometimes I get lucky with the low tide hitting around 6pm or 7pm (or 8 or 9 with a headlamp), but if not...oh well.

    I don't see many other detectorists - but I think that's because the detecting is not very good at that beach. The surf is pretty rough and the beach drops off pretty quickly (if anyone is familiar with this beach or Rehoboth and can offer advice on how to detect it effectively I'm all ears!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Treasure_Hunter View Post
    My hunts are based on low tides, doesn't matter to me how many people are there. Florida beaches are not restricted.
    It's a question of encroachment. i.e., how close is too close? I agree with CW3 that there should be some respected space. According to the park manager I spoke with up here they have had a couple of complaints that detetorist were intentionally scooping up personal belongings, something I can't imagine really happening but I certainly understand that concern from those beachgoers. So it's not only a safety and encroachment issue but it's also a public perception issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigscoop View Post
    It's a question of encroachment. i.e., how close is too close? I agree with CW3 that there should be some respected space. According to the park manager I spoke with up here they have had a couple of complaints that detetorist were intentionally scooping up personal belongings, something I can't imagine really happening but I certainly understand that concern from those beachgoers. So it's not only a safety and encroachment issue but it's also a public perception issue.
    I have dug with in 3 foot of someone in water, 4-5 foot on the beach, don't usually get closer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Treasure_Hunter View Post
    I have dug with in 3 foot of someone in water, 4-5 foot on the beach, don't usually get closer.
    I use about those same guidelines. If someone is standing in water/beach they usually give me a little space if I go to dig.

    If people are sitting in the water usually the waves will move those bowing pins soon enough if I need to get into a spot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by midalake View Post
    I use about those same guidelines. If someone is standing in water/beach they usually give me a little space if I go to dig.

    If people are sitting in the water usually the waves will move those bowing pins soon enough if I need to get into a spot.
    Some people think we should surrender the beach to other beach goers and only hunt in off hours, I dont feel that way. I hunt when I want, based on tides and my schedule. We have as much right to be there as anyone, at least in Florida as our beaches belong to citizens..
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    Thanks for the alert....AND, the reality check...!
    Altho it doesn't seem to be a problem where I live and play,
    society is made up of all sorts, and all it takes is one or more bad apples, to ruin it for the rest of us...!
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    I?m glad it is not an issue on LI, I would have serious mental health issues if they closed the beach to detecting in the summer!! Beaches, where I am, are not open for night detecting. That must be fun
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