Welcome guest, is this your first visit?
Member
Discoveries
 
Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 17
  1. #1

    Dec 2006
    New Castle, Delaware
    White's Prizm V & Matrix M6
    29

    Metal detector laws?

    Hello everyone,

    Anyone know if there are any laws/restrictions on using metal detectors at state or county parks in Delaware? I've searched the internet on all of the state and county pages but nothing is stated. I've submitted an email from one of the state park pages but have not received a reply. I plan on inquiring in person at a state park here in north Delaware, however, just thought I'd post here first.

    Also, has anyone hunted at Bringhurst Park off of Carr road in north Delaware? Not sure of the history of this location...there seems to be old concrete structures which indicate a house used to stand there.

    Lastly, if anyone is interested in a hunting partner for Delaware/southeast PA/south NJ.....feel free to contact me.

    Best,
    Brian

  2. #2
    Charter Member
    us
    Oct 2003
    Great Plaines
    Explorer SE
    117
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Metal detector laws?

    Hi Brian,
    I know that at Cape Henlopen and the other beach parks you are allowed to hunt from the dune line to the ocean. I am not sure about the other locations.I would be interested in hunting with you,drop me a private message. I am located in Newark.
    Best regards,
    Bill Tracy
    "The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes." Marcel Proust

  3. #3

    Dec 2006
    New Castle, Delaware
    White's Prizm V & Matrix M6
    29

    Re: Metal detector laws?

    I just got off the phone with the New Castle County Parks division regarding the use of MDs in the county parks. They told me that there are no restrictions at this time for any county park, however, those interested in MD hunting should call the Permit Division (ask for "PJ" at 395-5696) just to let them know that someone will be using a MD at a specific time.

    Here are the restrictions for State Parks in Delaware:

    3.1.6 Use of metal detectors on lands under the jurisdiction of the Division shall be prohibited except during normal park hours in the following areas:

    3.1.6.1 Lums Pond State Park swimming area beach;

    3.1.6.2 Ocean beaches east of the dune line.

    3.1.7 No person shall collect, excavate, injure, destroy or appropriate prehistoric or historic artifacts or human skeletal remains from lands under the jurisdiction of the Division except with written permission from the Director. Violations under this paragraph may be charged under the provisions of 7 Del.C. 5306 or 7 Del.C.

    5411.

    3.1.7.1 Possession or use of tools or devices specifically designed for the excavation and removal of artifacts or human skeletal remains shall be deemed prima facie evidence of a violation of this Regulation and will be confiscated, held as evidence and be subject to forfeiture upon conviction.


    Best,
    Brian

  4. #4
    us
    Jun 2006
    Bear,DE
    Bounty Hunter 3300
    167

    Re: Metal detector laws?

    Just a note for the info on the last entry,Lums Pond no longer has a beach/swimming area to hunt.The have blocked it off and planted grass there. That pretty much kills the park area as they do not want people digging all over the place. Now if you walked trough the playground areas and just eye ball I don't think that would be against the rules. -HH

  5. #5

    Dec 2006
    New Castle, Delaware
    White's Prizm V & Matrix M6
    29

    Re: Metal detector laws?

    Hi DETREASUREHNTR. I was at Lums Pond State Park last weekend and I noticed that the beach was gone. I knew that they stopped swimming but I thought the beach would have stayed.

    I'm not too far from you....I'm right off of Appleby Road in New Castle...about a mile north of RT 1.

    I walk my dog through the trails by the boat ramps off of RT 71.

    Best,
    Brian

  6. #6

    May 2007
    4

    Re: Metal detector laws?

    Just curious if anyone has ever been asked to show a permit at a county park? Also, it seems like the "permit" is like a one day pass to a specific park. Is this right?

  7. #7
    us
    Mar 2007
    Kerrville, TX
    White's DFX: Minelab Excalibur 1000
    1,184
    3 times

    Re: Metal detector laws?

    All,

    Just wanted to pass this website along to you. I use it a lot. At this website, you can determine any state park laws regarding MDng.

    http://www.fmdac.org/parks/parks.htm

    At this website, you can also view what hunt clubs are available in each of the states.

    Cool site.
    Happy Hunting
    --Mel

    borninok
    To conquer your flaws, you must first accept them.

  8. #8
    us
    Jun 2006
    Bear,DE
    Bounty Hunter 3300
    167

    Re: Metal detector laws?

    Of the county parks in De,I have never been asked to show anything or bothered by police or rangers. I would imagine that is becuase there are hundreds of them in the state and if I'm not tearing anything up nobody even notices me. I have also gone to several schools in the area around me and have never been bothered. I only visit ones that aren't fenced in and that are not crowded.-HH

  9. #9
    Charter Member
    us
    Jun 2004
    Hurlock, Maryland
    XP Deus, CTX-3030, Excalibur II
    1,667
    20 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Metal detector laws?

    3.1.7.1 Possession or use of tools or devices specifically designed for the excavation and removal of artifacts or human skeletal remains shall be deemed prima facie evidence of a violation of this Regulation and will be confiscated, held as evidence and be subject to forfeiture upon conviction.

    I hunt in DE at times. This little bit of the regulation is vague. It really leaves a lot to interpretation. Any thoughts by Delaware hunters?

    Ed D.
    Keep detecting, Keep finding, Keep digging!

    Ed Donovan

  10. #10

    Dec 2006
    New Castle, Delaware
    White's Prizm V & Matrix M6
    29

    Re: Metal detector laws?

    Quote Originally Posted by DETREASUREHNTR
    Of the county parks in De,I have never been asked to show anything or bothered by police or rangers.
    The only time I've been approached by a police officer in a County Park was earlier this year. I was detecting in a County Park in North Wilmington off of River Road. I was there for about 2 hours and I saw a County Police Car pull into the parking lot. The officer sat in his car for about 5 minutes then started to walk towards me. I saw him but I kept on detecting and figured that he was going to tell me to move along. I knew I had the contact information for the County Parks Division in my wallet so I figured I'd be pulling that out.

    The officer approached and asked if I had found anything interesting. His next question was how long had I been metal detecting. I though he meant that day so I said about 2 hours. He laughed and he said, "No, I meant how long have you been in the hobby". He then started to tell me stories of how he used to use a metal detector in the 1980's. I showed him my White's M6 and how detectors advanced over the years. We talked for about 45 minutes or so. Then, he said that he had to get back to work and wished me luck. That was it.

    Best,
    Brian

  11. #11
    us
    My goal for 2012 is a dozen Walking Liberty Halves

    Sep 2004
    Pittsburgh, Pa
    Tesoro Compadre & Tiger Shark
    2,815
    32 times

    Re: Metal detector laws?

    My brief experience with detecting in Delaware has been on the beaches and state parks. I have never had a problem. I have always called the police/park ranger before I started to check the laws and all has worked out well. Rehoboth Police and Delaware Seashore State Park Ranger are great to deal with in the way. I have hit each beach a few times and have never had a problem with police/rangers at all. Hope it helps.
    I Dig Everything...Even Pull Tabs.

  12. #12
    detecting the first state

    Nov 2007
    milford de
    whites classic idx
    52

    Re: Metal detector laws?

    i ve been detecting in delaware for year now and never had a probalem with anyone everyone just ask me if i had any luck nd wished me luck
    my hobby is my sport metal detecting

  13. #13

    Oct 2007
    Bronx, NY
    BH Quick Silver, Tesoro Tiger Shark
    43

    Re: Metal detector laws?

    Hi,

    I sent an email to the Delaware State Parks Dept. to ask for clarification the following section of thier regulations. I specifically asked if a sand scoop was allowed to dig for coins or anything else under 50 years old and if digging in sand is considered excavating.

    3.1.7.1 Possession or use of tools or devices specifically designed for the excavation and removal of artifacts or human skeletal remains shall be deemed prima facie evidence of a violation of this Regulation and will be confiscated, held as evidence and be subject to forfeiture upon conviction.

    The only answer I got was to call each park individually and speak to the Park Manager. I wonder why I couldn't get a simple yes or no. I found and read the entire regulation on another website and it is very confusing but it states no one is allowed to pick up anything more than 50 years old because it's considered an antique. It doesn't say how one is supposed to know the age of an item just by looking at it, unless it's a coin with a date on it. Seems to me the powers that be don't really want us to pick up anything.

    Doubt if this helps clear up any confusion, but I guess the best thing to do if a person is uncertain as to what is and isn't allowed is call each park, or just hunt on private land.

    Sue


  14. #14
    us
    Apr 2010
    Delaware
    MineLab E-trac ,Bounty Hunter 505
    108
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Metal detector laws?

    Im with borntodetect on this one. 3.1.7.1 is really vague! It sounds like its OK to go to
    a park and detect , but if you use a lesche tool, knife, or a trowel to remove a coin from the ground you are now in violation.

  15. #15
    Charter Member
    us
    Jul 2006
    Southeast, Pennsylvania
    Minelab Etrac & Minelab Excalibur II
    1,973
    145 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Metal detector laws?

    Well nothing has changed. Thought I'd shoot another email. Here is my answer. No State Parks, except Lums Beach which we all no isn't even there anymore.

    Hello,



    Thank you for inquiring about Wilmington State Parks. Please be advise that metal detecting is not permitted in Delaware State Parks. A list of rules and regulations can be found on our website. I have provided the link below and the rule that applies.



    http://www.destateparks.com/rules/







    3.1.6


    Use of metal detectors on lands under the jurisdiction of the Division shall be prohibited except during normal park hours in the following areas:

    3.1.6.1


    Lums Pond State Park swimming area beach;

    3.1.6.2


    Ocean beaches east of the dune line.

    3.1.7


    No person shall collect, excavate, injure, destroy or appropriate prehistoric or historic artifacts or human skeletal remains from lands under the jurisdiction of the Division except with written permission from the Director. Violations under this paragraph may be charged under the provisions of 7 Del.C. 5306 or 7 Del.C. 5411.

    3.1.7.1


    Possession or use of tools or devices specifically designed for the excavation and removal of artifacts or human skeletal remains shall be deemed prima facie evidence of a violation of this Regulation and will be confiscated, held as evidence and be subject to forfeiture upon conviction.



    Have a nice day!



    Tyeast Amankwah

    Administrative Specialist

    Wilmington State Parks

    302-577-7020
    Stand up for what's right, even if your standing alone.

    "Politics is the entertainment division of the military industrial complex."
    Frank Zappa

 

 
Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Sponsors

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Search tags for this page

are there any restrictions to metal detecting
,
are you allowed to useca metal detector on rehobeth del beaches
,
delaware beaches and metal detectors
,
delaware metal detecting
,
delaware metal detector laws on the beach
,

metal detecting delaware beaches

,

metal detecting in delaware

,
metal detecting in delaware beaches
,
metal detectors in wilminton delaware
,
where in delaware are you allowed to used a metal detector
Click on a term to search for related topics.
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v4.1.3