Illegal to detect a Park Reserve in Minnesota?
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    Illegal to detect a Park Reserve in Minnesota?

    Hello,
    I've been pretty interested in detecting a large park/woods near my home but before I find a phone number I figured I'd ask here first.
    Is it illegal to metal detect in a Park Reserve in Minnesota?
    I wanted to be sure before I ran out and got my detector confiscated or fined. I've heard that a State park you cannot but a city park you can but I'm not sure what having "Reserve" in it qualifies it as.
    Any ideas?
    Thanks
    Nate

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    Re: Illegal to detect a Park Reserve in Minnesota?

    not sure, but usually if it's federal or state land it's a no-no.....check it out to be sure b4 u go

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    Re: Illegal to detect a Park Reserve in Minnesota?

    Go down the page to the states forums and hit Minnesota. Check in with others from the state who are more knoweldgeable on local issues than the general population here on TNet.

    Good call on waiting on that phone query. If/when in doubt, I've always gone to the place and asked the locals what the case is face to face. Almost always got a positive response.

    Over the phone, you're much more likely to get a disappointing answer which is sometimes inaccurate and sometimes leads to certain restrictions that were not previously in place.

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    Re: Illegal to detect a Park Reserve in Minnesota?

    natepen, CWnut safely uses the word "usually" when saying that state land is off-limits. Because truth is, that's not always the case. There are plenty of state's lands that don't care, or just say "inquire at each kiosk you come to", and so forth. But yes, some other state say "no" from the git-go, re.: their state parks.

    For purposes of Minnesota, notice that this site lists it as one of the states with an outright "no":

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

    However, a little background is in order here: When those type lists were made up decades ago (starting with a book on subject "Treasure Laws of the United States" by R.W. "Doc" Grim) the way they went about gathering this information, was simple. They asked! Doh And who better to ask than the state's themselves, right? So for example, Grim wrote a letter to all 50 states, xeroxed off, sent to each state capitol head legal beavers in park's dept's, asking something "what are the laws/rules regarding metal detectors in your state's parks?". And then to make his book, he merely puts all 50 reply letters in his book, and presto, you can just go travelling in your RV, and have alphabetic lists of the states, in case anyone hassles you.

    Sounds simple enough, but an interesting phenomenom happened back in the '80s when that book appeared (and continues with lists like the current FMDAC one above): There were states on that list that had dire sounding wording (or outright "no's") that had never had a problem. Ie.: state parks had just been routinely detected, and no one had ever cared, or been bothered (barring obvious historic landmarks, of course). So when lists like these come out, some old-timers are left scratching their heads, thinking "since when??" You see how that works? Some desk-bound bureaucrat receives an inquiry like that, and gives the "safe answer" spinning cultural heritage stuff, disturbing wild-life, blah blah. And presto, an answer to your "pressing question". So sometimes even lists like that, you have to read between the lines.

    And the states (a lot of them on that list) that just make it simple by saying "ask at each location you come to", ALSO simply became self-fulfilling prophecies: Persons would dutifully obey this mandate (afterall, you don't want to "be arrested" do you? ). And kiosk clerks, who perhaps would never have given the matter thought before, are pressed with giving authorization/approval to these odd questions. So to answer the question, they too call desk-bound bureaucrats, are probably connected to the state archaeologist, and return to the kiosk window with a "no". Mind you often time this is occuring in parks that were ...... up till then ....... detected w/o a care in the world.

    It's the old "no one cares till you ask" psychology. So assuming the "reserve" you speak of is state land, sounds like your answer is "no" for Minnesota. But as to whether or not anyone really cares, or would ever notice you .......... well ......

  5. #5
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    Feb 2009
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    Re: Illegal to detect a Park Reserve in Minnesota?

    Sounds like nothing for certain then. I reposted this question in the Minnesota section of the forum and hopefully will get an anwser although the section looks a little quiet.
    Thanks for all your help.
    Nate

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    Re: Illegal to detect a Park Reserve in Minnesota?

    see my response in your other post in Minnesota
    Legal issues.

 

 

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