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    Mar 2014
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Who owns it?

    An anyone help with this? If a property owner allows you to detect on their property, who owns the finds? Granted most will be cheap relics but something of value might be found. Every property owner thinks you're going to find buried treasure. We know better but it's best if one has an agreement first. If anyone has run into this issue I'd be grateful if you could let me know your experience and how it worked out.

  2. #2
    Oct 2009
    7678 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    It's going to depend on the agreement made before the hunt. If they never ask for some of the finds, I don't offer.
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    "Is that a Geiger Counter?"

    Feb 2006
    South Central Upstate NY in the foothills of the headlands
    Minelab Musketeer Advantage Pro w/8" & 10" DD coils/Fisher F75se(Upgraded to LTD2) w/11" DD, 6.5" concentric & 9.5" NEL Sharpshooter DD coils/Sunray FX-1 Probe & F-Point/Black Widows/Rattler headphone
    11828 times
    Metal Detecting
    Whoever lost it in the first place. ;-)
    America was founded by tough hell-raisers. Rugged citizens who evaded taxes, spoke strongly against tyranny, grew tobacco, brewed beer, distilled spirits, and smuggled weapons. And it will be saved by those same types of citizens.

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    we exist,and we are watching you

    Nov 2011
    garrett,minelab,fisher,,,atp current weapon of choice
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    50/50 and flip coin for 1st pick has gotten me into some very cool spots....no agreement but permission granted means...shhhhhhhh
    I dont care which machine you use...you're gonna dig trash.
    an extra thousand bucks aint gonna solve that.

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    Apr 2012
    173 times
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    If a person wants to be a horses....Click image for larger version. 

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Size:  13.9 KB.......The hobby already has a bad name, let the land owner have his pick....Supposed the shoe was on the other foot.....

  6. #6

    Mar 2007
    Salinas, CA
    Explorer II, Compass 77b, Tesoro shadow X2
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    If nothing was spelled out beforehand (either verbal or written contract is equally enforceable), then here's the law: It belongs to the property owner.

    There was a case of a construction renovation worker who was working on someone's house. While they had the kitchen sink torn out for repair work .... found a hidden cache of old coins that had been secreted into a hiding compartment back in behind cabinets. They were obviously hidden many decades earlier, as it was an older home. He showed the homeowner. At first, since the two men knew each other, it was just "assumed" by the finder that they'd split it. But as revelations unfolded on the value of the find (they began to look up dates, count it out, and deduced this was big money), then the owner of the house changed his tune, and was going to keep all of it. Even though he's a) not the one who found it, and b) the finder could have kept his mouth shut, yet c) the homeowner still owns the homes, hence all the contents in and on the property.

    HOWEVER, even though the above is true, yet I have never bothered to spell out ahead of time any contractual split percentages, etc... I just usually throw out a casual "you're welcome to anything I find". And most all property owners just tell you to "keep it". Because if you start showing up with contracts, and legal talk, percentages, and so forth: All such talk of that is certain permission-killers. Just conjurs up images of legal hassles, etc... Or that you're somehow "certain to find tons of $$", etc... So I have never bothered with anything above casual. Or, heck, just telling them they can have it all, d/t this is just a hobby for fun of mine. And again, I have YET to have any property owner not let me cherry pick a few things back out for my own collection.



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