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  1. #31

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    You could try hitting the wooded areas of the park, non mowed areas. 100 years ago some of these areas were picnic / grove sites. I have never had a problem digging in County or Local park woods. 99% of the time no one knows I’m there.

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    I too felt the "need to heed" local officials. Rules are rules, after all. This compelled me to search private land, after seeking permission from the landowner. I quickly learned to use my own judgment when it comes to public land. Fear of lawsuits, coupled with a bizarre sense of "ownership" compels many officials to Just Say No to requests to search. For example, I received similar "search but don't dig" advice from a U.S. Fish and Wildlife "official." He said that he hadn't considered it before but, come to think of it, he wouldn't allow any detecting on his beach.

    I would advise prudence and good judgment. When asked, many officials will say "no" in order to avoid hassle. Also, don't forget that it only takes one slob to set precedent. The real reason behind regulation is that too many people are trying to do the same thing . . . And doing so with no apparent concern for others.

    That is why I am secretly rooting for Ebola.
    Last edited by Trapper John; Jul 01, 2019 at 11:43 AM.
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    "There are only three things to do in this part of Oregon. You either work in the woods, collect disability, or grow weed. I don't work in the woods, and I'm not disabled."

    - a casual remark made by a man I met while bushwhacking in rural Oregon.

  3. #33
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    As a rule of thumb, never flee from a person who carries a loaded sidearm - and is authorized by their job description to use it.
    Joe-Dirt and Dirt Eater like this.
    "There are only three things to do in this part of Oregon. You either work in the woods, collect disability, or grow weed. I don't work in the woods, and I'm not disabled."

    - a casual remark made by a man I met while bushwhacking in rural Oregon.

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    Bob

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    So, carefully snip off the ends, then wrap them in a ziplock bag with a few pine needles and grass and when asked what you are doing simply act appalled that you had to actually pick them up...............then, ask if they want to see them or take them.


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    Trapper John and ROIGuy like this.
    “I was a kid once, but I wasn’t very good at it”

  5. #35
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    Right on, Bob. As Cicero supposedly once remarked, "O tempora, o mores!"
    "There are only three things to do in this part of Oregon. You either work in the woods, collect disability, or grow weed. I don't work in the woods, and I'm not disabled."

    - a casual remark made by a man I met while bushwhacking in rural Oregon.

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    Make it more realistic as some of those needles should have rust on them.

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    George

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    That's one of the reasons I always waited for after a rainstorm to hunt parks, the ground is softer for one and hotter too I might add, easy to dig and no damage can be done, I've seen the results of careless digging and why a park was closed.. If you are interested in finding things of old, spend some time in your local library in the 900 section or visit a local historical society and chat with some old timers, they have long memories.

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    Samantha

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    “ The best way to deal with bureaucrats is with stealth and sudden violence. “

    –- quote attributed to former UN secretary-general Boutros Boutros-Ghali
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  9. #39
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    Yes, I'd detect the park just put the detector on low sensitivity/etc so you detect surface targets /recent drops only and easy to localize w pointer. Nothing wrong with that, particularly in high traffic areas where there would be regular drops. Targets in stone parking areas are on the surface anyways. Lots of advantages to surface (0 - 2") hunting, including not sweating your butt off or wasting valuable detecting time digging nails and foil pieces at 6 - 9". More sensitivity/deeper isn't always better and, besides, you'll cover a lot more surface area.
    Metal Detecting Goal in Life is to Find Wife a 2ct Diamond Ring (so she'll be quiet about all my metal detecting).

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdg8934 View Post
    As I live a block or two away from a local park, I found their website and asked about their policy on Metal Detecting.

    Their response:


    In response to the questions about metal detecting:


    Metal detecting in of itself will not be a problem. However, digging into the ground to unearth an object is not allowed per the Park District Ordinances.



    PARK DISTRICT ORDINANCES - SECTION 3.20 DESTRUCTION OF LANDSCAPE

    “…No person shall pick, gather, uproot, remove or destroy any flower, plant or grass. No person shall remove or cause to be removed any sod, earth, humus, peat, boulders, gravel or sand.”


    If you have any more questions you are more than welcome to contact me directly if that is helpful.


    Derek Solberg

    Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds

    Mundelein Park & Recreation District
    ----------------------------------------- -----------------------------

    It sounds like I can go metal detecting but I just can't dig anything up.

    Any way around this, anyone can think of?

    Thanks,

    Tim
    The way around it is to not lean into it.

    No sign prohibiting detecting then detect. IF you can detect without looking like you are doing something wrong.

    And of course you leave no evidence behind you.
    That includes improper ,or improperly timed disturbance,plugs, moved monuments , cut wires,broken pipes....Shall I elaborate?
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  11. #41

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    Never ask for permission from public workers, 99.9 % of the time its easier for them to just say NO, kind of the same way as going up to people and asking them if the need life insurance .

    Always keep a few pieces of shredded aluminum cans, rusty nails and box cutter blades, needles. What are you doing diggings Holes? "no I am just opening the surface of the grass and going down no more than 2 inches looking for old coins and such" and then show them the pouch full of dangerous items that you have just removed. Most police or public security/workers will say thanks and walk away. I did that the other day and the security officer was really nice after I showed him the garbage I was removing from the baseball field. If they tell you to leave, just leave and come back some other day or as others have suggested try the parks as the sun goes down.
    Last edited by IN DA HOLE; Jul 07, 2019 at 11:00 PM.

  12. #42

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    Someone mentioned “don’t ask,don’t tell” that’s great advise. Once you’ve been told “no” the answer is no, it’s always better to beg forgiveness than ask for permission. You could have detected that park forever with no problems.
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  13. #43
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    I use a longer, thinner screwdriver sharpened like an icepick as long as I am only hunting clad and newer targets. Center up with MD, pinpoint 0"-3" items with good pinpointer, "stab" to locate target and then work a finger size hole and pop coins on edge and retrieve. Simply squeeze the hole back together. No plugs necessary for 99%. Deeper targets are your call.

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    I agree with Jeff I think peoples dogs do more damage than we do

    Approved TreasureNet Stickers

    .:: $3.00 for 11" X 3" Bumper Sticker ::.
    .:: $2.25 for 1" x 4" Detector Sticker ::.
    (Free Shipping)


    SEE: TreasureNet Bumper Stickers

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    welcome to tnet

    Approved TreasureNet Stickers

    .:: $3.00 for 11" X 3" Bumper Sticker ::.
    .:: $2.25 for 1" x 4" Detector Sticker ::.
    (Free Shipping)


    SEE: TreasureNet Bumper Stickers

 

 
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