Post By pjduff
Jun 07, 2012, 03:34 PM
Metal Detecting For 23 Years
For those of you detecting in Indiana
I work at Clifty Falls State Park in Southern Indiana and recently within the past couple of months or so we have been finding many unfilled dig holes and dug trash such as old cans, bottlecaps, pull tabs etc all over the grounds. Just for general knowledge, metal detecting on DNR properties in Indiana is illegal except on a sand or swimming beach with a permit obtained from the property manager, or during authorized hunts such as Treasure Fest in designated areas only. I have worked at this park for a number of years, and I have never seen it this bad before. The state parks here in IN are starting to crack down on our hobby, mainly because of people coming in at night and not filling their holes properly and leaving the trash they dig up laying around. C'mon people I've been detecting for over 20 yrs and doing things like this is how our hobby keeps getting banned from more and more places.
From the in.gov website:
312 IAC 8-2-10 Preservation of habitat and natural and cultural resources
Authority: IC 14-10-2-4; IC 14-11-2-1
Affected: IC 14
Sec. 10. Except as authorized by a license, a person must not do any of the following within a DNR property:
(7) Use a metal detector, except on a sand, swimming beach as approved by an authorized representative.
Jun 07, 2012 03:34 PM
Jun 07, 2012, 03:43 PM
I don't give often, but in your case you have 3 posts, with 3 a perfect batting average
You made some very valid points, and I hope people take heed of your warning for everyone's sake.
Jun 07, 2012, 05:09 PM
I second the motion. Well said.
Jun 07, 2012, 05:12 PM
I LIKE SHINY THINGS
yeah me to the only place i have to hunt around here is a park
Jun 08, 2012, 12:47 PM
This just sucks!
I am in southern Indiana as well, about 40 miles west from Madison in Floyd County. The same thing is happening out here. I was recently talking to the grounds keeper of the local fairgrounds (privately owned), who said people had been doing the exact same thing. Digging holes and leaving them, throwing the trash they dig back onto the ground, and making a mess in general. He actually caught the guys doing it, approached them and told them to clean up their mess, and the guy was real mouthy with him, resulting in the police being called. A black eye to our hobby for sure, and pretty much ruined the chances of me or anyone else ever detecting at the grounds.
Per the Dnr regulations: "Sec. 10. Except as authorized by a license, a person must not do any of the following within a DNR property:
(7) Use a metal detector, except on a sand, swimming beach as approved by an authorized representative."
What is this license that this regulation is referring to?
I have plenty of private property to keep me busy for a while, but eventually that will run out. Most of the other places around me are DNR owned or off limit parks. Sadly enough, it may be time to find a new hobby in the near future, when there are no more good places left to hunt.
Jun 08, 2012, 12:56 PM
I don't see buying another detector any time soon. Why buy if we get banned from every where.
Jun 08, 2012, 02:35 PM
Metal Detecting For 23 Years
From what I have been told, you can metal detect at the DNR properties in Indiana that have sand beaches or swimming beaches. The required permit for doing so can be obtained from the property managers of those properties. At Clifty Falls, we would usually overlook it when we saw someone metal detecting, as long as they were doing it in a common use area such as the campground or picnic areas, and as long as they were being neat about it. Since the latest incident, we have been told to tell people to move on if we catch them metal detecting, and if they don't want to leave to call the local police or conservation officer.
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