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  1. #1
    us
    Jan 2009
    Raleigh, NC
    Fisher F2
    14

    Raleigh spots and lots of questions!

    Hey Folks,
    I live in Raleigh and just got my first detector.
    Anything you can tell me about when, where, and how would be greatly appreciated.
    By this I mean...
    What's legal?
    Do you go in broad daylight or under the disguise of darkness?
    What's your experience with private land?
    Are people willing to let you dig up their yard?
    Are local parks legal? (I know state/national parks are off limits.)
    Are school grounds legal?
    Are there trespassing issues that go along with this hobby?
    Where do you go?

    Thank you kindly for any answers you can provide! I've read through much of the Raleigh threads, but still have lots of questions (obviously) and am very reluctant to take my md out with me until I feel comfortable with the all the rules...

  2. #2

    Jan 2008
    Raleigh
    Ace 250
    10

    Re: Raleigh spots and lots of questions!

    I'm in Raleigh as well. The best advice I can give you is to hunt your own yard, elementary schools are good, city parks are good, look at old maps. I got my Ace250 a year ago and have found lots of good things.

  3. #3
    us
    Sep 2008
    Ellicott City, MD
    208
    2 times

    Re: Raleigh spots and lots of questions!

    Just be sure a clean up after yourself. Fill the holes and take the trash you dig.
    The goal is to recover without leaving a mess.

    There are some good videos on here on the proper digging methods.

    Other than that, have fun. Start slow. It will take a while for you to learn the nuances of your machine.
    Soon it will be like second nature. But until then you may find yourself digging every signal and end up with a bag full of trash.

    I agree to start in your own yard first. Parks are good but state parks are off limits.
    Good luck and Happy Hunting.
    JG
    History is bound to be lost if not for those who choose to preserve it.

  4. #4
    us
    Jan 2009
    Raleigh, NC
    Fisher F2
    14

    Re: Raleigh spots and lots of questions!

    Thanks for the replies!

    So, sounds like city parks and schools are legal?

    It stinks because I live in a new construction home... which means the only thing that could possibly be buried in my yard is nails...
    That could be good practice though.

  5. #5
    us
    Sep 2008
    Ellicott City, MD
    208
    2 times

    Re: Raleigh spots and lots of questions!

    Keep in mind the land was there before the new construction.
    Do some research and find out if any farms or factories might have been nearby.

    My mom has a newer home and she found some horseshoes in her yard.
    Horse kind not the pitching kind.

    If you need help locating research just give a shout.
    What part of Raleigh are you in?
    History is bound to be lost if not for those who choose to preserve it.

  6. #6
    us
    Jan 2009
    Raleigh, NC
    Fisher F2
    14

    Re: Raleigh spots and lots of questions!

    I'm near the Angus Barn, Umstead Park, and the Airport.
    Google maps showed a field before the neighborhood was built...

  7. #7
    us
    Sep 2008
    Ellicott City, MD
    208
    2 times

    Re: Raleigh spots and lots of questions!

    Let me see what I can find for older maps or aerials. Umstead State Park would be off limits.
    Lake Crabtree Co. Park might be ok but keep an eye out for posted signs.
    You have a good size school off Country Trail that will help get you familiar with your machine.
    Just make sure not to be the creepy person lurking during school hours. Respect the ball fields.

    Just think about where people may have dropped stuff while picnicking or watching the game.
    That is a dense area so if you are looking for older stuff you may have to go further out.
    But a newer diamond ring in a platinum setting might be better than a wheat penny.....
    History is bound to be lost if not for those who choose to preserve it.

  8. #8
    us
    Jun 2007
    Raleigh, NC
    Minelab Xterra 705, Garrett AT Pro (Sold), Minelab Xterra 70, Compass Relic Magnum 7, Compass Coin Magnum
    989
    2 times
    Metal Detecting

    Re: Raleigh spots and lots of questions!

    B|lker, and I'm in Raleigh, too.

    Forget the parks. I think B|lker has already cleaned them out.







  9. #9
    us
    Apr 2006
    27613
    Soveriegn GT, DFX, Ace 250
    38

    Re: Raleigh spots and lots of questions!

    Quote Originally Posted by meeulk
    I'm near the Angus Barn, Umstead Park, and the Airport.
    Google maps showed a field before the neighborhood was built...
    meeulk, I am near Leesville school. I found a 87 class ring there last week. and a couple dollars of change.
    Raleigh, NC

  10. #10

    Re: Raleigh spots and lots of questions!

    Meeulk,
    Welcome to TN. I'm going to give you a spot that should keep you busy all year long. Like NC-Joe said though, PLEASE be sure to fill your holes in neatly so future detectorists can continue to go there.
    I've had great luck at this spot, and have only hit a tiny part of it twice (once each year). I usually don't hit parks much anymore, because I got hooked on old properties now. Both times I've been to this place I've scored some nice rings, and there is plenty of clad to be found too.
    Here's a few posts of mine from this park:
    http://forum.treasurenet.com/index.p...tml#msg1418726

    http://forum.treasurenet.com/index.p...html#msg844508

    http://forum.treasurenet.com/index.p...tml#msg1418785

    Seek out Durant Nature Park. From your area, take 540 and get off on Capital Blvd going north. Take a left on Gresham Lake Rd.
    Take your first right (I forgot the street name) and you will come to a back entrance parking lot just beyond the sharp curve past the lumber company. Park in that lot and walk in over the bridge. There you will find a beach area by the lake on the left (best spot). On the right there is a huge open grass area, two large play areas, picnic areas, horseshoe pit, volleyball area, etc.
    If you follow the path up the slight hill you will run into a large picnic area with more play areas. They have summer camp there too.
    The finds are really endless. Of course if you are digging for gold rings you will have to dig up the pull tabs too. Now is a good time to go because the dirt is softer. In the summer it can get rock hard in some areas. Just hit it every few months as it will replenish itself with new finds. This is a great place to dig a variety of finds and hone your skills.
    There is also an old homestead back in the woods with an old chimney still standing. A friend at work (also new to detecting) showed me a dated 1800's suspender clip from that spot. To get to it, you park in that back lot. Follow the SMALL trail on the left side of the parking lot, (not the large dirt road to the lake), and keep walking until you spot it.
    I wish you luck. If you find an expensive ring, I only charge a 25% commission.
    Good luck,
    Doug
    -MM-

    P.S. NEVER hunt private property without getting permission! Just ask the owner. It is usually a 50/50 chance on getting an o.k.


    *Oldest coin-1775 Spanish 1 real *Oldest U.S. silver-1833 Capped Bust Half Dime *Best coin - 1945 GOLD 2 1/2 peso *Best Civil War finds:*NC officers belt buckle *CSN Confederate Navy Officer button

  11. #11

    Jan 2008
    7

    Re: Raleigh spots and lots of questions!

    The Durant Nature Park was once the Original Camp Durant Boy Scout Camp - I cringe as I give out this tid-bit of info as i would love to have a little time hunting it. However, I am sure you can kinda figure out what was where as the overall layout probably hasn't changed much. The original camp moved - if I am not mistaken - in the early 1980's.



  12. #12

    Sep 2007
    Seymour Johnson AFB, NC
    Fisher F75 LTD
    1,036
    2 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (1)

    Re: Raleigh spots and lots of questions!

    Quote Originally Posted by rwsnc
    B|lker, and I'm in Raleigh, too.

    Forget the parks. I think B|lker has already cleaned them out.


    Ahh, they are never ever cleaned out. Just cleaner for finding the good old deep stuff







  13. #13
    us
    Nov 2008
    Toll Free ~ 855~966~3563
    12,715
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    Relic Hunting
    Banner Finds (1)
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    Re: Raleigh spots and lots of questions!

    I'm up there Detecting at least twice a month. I Just knock on doors....I have detected some nice historic sites and recovered some nice relics for those folks.. You Just have to ask

 

 

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