Feb 26, 2013, 06:28 AM
Hey man I'm goin to san Antonio this weekend!
Feb 26, 2013, 02:15 PM
Oh yea? if you want to do some metal detecting let me know, I'll tell you now you need a permit to hunt in the parks of San antonio here is all the information City of San Antonio | Official Web Site - Parks & Recreation Department your best bet would be to scan it and email it in i got it back with in a day or i know some areas that dont require a permit. let me know man im free on saturday.
Originally Posted by x512x
Feb 26, 2013, 02:57 PM
We have the same written rules in Maryland ( My area ) and I believe the parks in & around the Baltimore area actully have a permit system in place..
Anyways, I called the person that runs the City Parks here and they said Metal Detecting is allowed as long as you fill in your holes...
Which ofcourse I do... And i haven't ran into any problems yet...
So i would call them because alot of the digging laws are blanket laws preventing people from digging big holes where someone could fall into and get hurt...
Feb 26, 2013, 07:50 PM
Feb 26, 2013, 08:34 PM
Treasure-digger-NY, Do you see any difference between murder and metal detecting? (Think real hard now). People detect all the time, in a myriad of non-illegal ways (even you perhaps??). Yet people do not murder all the time. And there is no legal way to murder at any time. Think real hard.
Originally Posted by TreasurDiggrNY
And you're right: those persons who operate equipment that exceeds the noise-decibal limit, yet don't get complaints, are STILL violating the noise-decibal limit law. No doubt about it. Even if no one is there to care, to get the decibal measuring equipment out, etc.... technically, sure, ....... Thus if I was you, if you want to "start down that road", there's not a single place you hunt, where you are not running afoul of some law. If you doubt me, tell me where you hunt, what you keep, etc.... and I will find a law that you are breaking. If you have "permission" from some city somewhere, I bet I can just-as-simply get that revoked. All I need to do is go into that city and ask the city's lawyer: "Is it right that treasure-digger enriches himself at the city's expense? Shouldn't those historical items be in the city museum for all to enjoy?" Or talk to the IRS, or inquire if you are breaking J.U.L.I.E. laws, etc... Now obviously treasure-digger, that is all SILLY (and of course, I wouldn't do it). BUT THAT'S JUST the point, is that.... yes... some of it IS silly and IS employed on an as-needed basis, and that ..... yes.... there are some busy-bodies who we just should avoid.
Metal detecting is my one worldy vice!
Feb 27, 2013, 11:49 AM
Originally Posted by Darth Walker
I hunt in a big local park that does not allow digging of any kind. Their reason for this is the fact that they have a major irrigation system in the big grassy areas used for festivals and concerts (The same area where I find tons of money and a good amount of jewelry). As far as I can tell, this irrigation system is buried pretty deep, but I still respect these rules and never dig.
Probably 95% of everything I have found in this park was less than 3" deep (The park is only 20 years old at the most). I use a Garret brand brass probe (Garrett Brass Treasure Probe | eBay), and a Phillips screw driver to pop most targets out of the ground. Using an AT Pro and my Propointer, I rarely dig plugs or holes anywhere unless it is a very deep target.
The brass probe doesn't seem to damage anything, but the Phillips screwdriver could. I need to find a brass tipped probe, with a steel shank to pop objects out.
Feb 28, 2013, 08:49 AM
The most important thing you can learn or do when metal detecting is replace everything exactly the was it was. I mean leave no trace of you being there. I was chased out of a park by a park supt because some other idiot dug and left a mess and what plugs he did put back the grass died. I apologized to the guy and told him I had already dug over 200 holes in that park and left no trace and he said i know but i have to stop you because the city just passed an ordinance against metal detecting in our parks. He said I watched you for a cpl of days wasn't going to say anything but we had a citizens complaint so you will have to leave.
I have even seen videos on u-tube where so called expert metal detector guys actually leave a mess.
A screwdriver or some other type of probe works well with shallow coins but any more than say an inch you have to cut a plug and i mean neatly cut a 3 sided plug and roll it back find your coin and then fill and tamp the soil and roll your plug back and tamp it well too
I say play by the rules as best you can and someone stops you apologize and be polite about it.
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