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    Feb 2017
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    Good ideas Dug. Unfortunately, I dont have a lot of connections here but will ask a few folks. After posting, I suspected I might not get much response until I at least had gotten a detector and had a little experience with it. Still trying to narrow down which detector to go with for the first one. Dont want to spend too much but dont want to get something that is worthless either. Going to try to stay in that $250-$400 range for a starter. Been reading a ton on this site though and there is lots more to it than I knew, so looking forward to learning more.

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    Because of the laws in place against relic digging in SC you will need to work on your abilities to obtain permission or you won't have many places to use your detector. That is unless you plan on beach detecting for clad coins and jewelry. If the latter then you might want to read archived posts in the "Beach and shallow water" forum on TN. You will find that there aren't any machines in your budget range that can handle the wet salt sand very well. If you have someone claiming they do, tell them you would want to be shown first hand on a beach. Just about the only machines that can handle wet salt sand without the accompanying falsing that gets frustrating are pulse or multi frequency machines which can be 2-3 times your budget.
    Cleaning up the country side, one shotgun shell at a time.

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    Feb 2017
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    To be honest, I was just going to fiddle around the neighborhood, our church, a few parks, etc. in the west Ashley area until we move. After spending hours of looking at videos, am seriously looking at the Fisher F44 as my first MD. Do you have any thoughts on that or are there any other detectors that I might check out? I had read about the issues with wet sand/ salt water and though I would enjoy searching the beaches, don't see that happening a whole lot - at least in the near future. I also picked up that detecting is frowned upon in a lot of areas here in Charleston, but assumed that I could do parks, old graveyards, etc. and that I would be ok as long as i wasn't doing it in downtown Charleston. Is that not the case? That's the other part of the getting permission to hunt around here. We are moving to Louisiana this summer. Will be living outside of Shreveport area in Benton/Bossier area, so there is really not a whole lot of time left here. However, I do have one really good connection with the Riverdogs and thought I might see about searching out in that area. Guess I need to read up more though on laws on detecting in our area.....

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    Bear in mind that most folks do not have a sense of humor when they see someone standing in a graveyard with a shovel in their hands. I don't detect old graveyards out of courtesy to the families of those buried there.

    I cannot speak for what is safe to detect in Charleston per city laws, as I don't get up that way often enough to meet anyone or do any detecting there.

    The jist of the law is that on public lands you cannot remove anything older than 100 years for then it is considered an artifact. So technically by the law coins dated 1917 or earlier are considered artifacts. I know it sounds silly, but the law was pushed through by archeologists. Here is one link I pulled off the internet but I'm sure there are many more. Metal Detecting In South Carolina? Know The Law!
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    For a little local clarification; the law that is linked specifically covers state parks, not state owned public lands in general. The ARAP law that was listed is Federal law and pertains specifically to federal lands, e.g. the Francis Marion.

    Municipalities can and have set their own laws. The city of Charleston specifically forbids metal detecting in city parks and/or city property. They also claim domain out 11 feet BELOW the low mean tide level (basically, 11 feet into the water when its at it's lowest point meaning that's legally off limits too). Also keep in mind that the city of Charleston occupies more than just the peninsula area. I think they primarily get their panties in a bunch over people detecting in that area, but the law covers the entire city. SC law also lays claim to ALL waterways within the state for finds. Limited numbers of permits are available for recovering stuff in said waterways (lakes, rivers, creeks, etc...), but those permits are pretty heavily regulated.

    A good reference to check the various local and county codes is Municode.com. They list most places here in the Lowcountry. For state laws go to scstatehouse.gov/code/statmast.php . With those two sites you can pretty much cover laws for the entire state!

    I do agree 100% permissions in the area have gotten harder and harder to obtain. Not only for the issues Dug previously mentioned, but because some people who had permissions abused them thereby ruining it for everyone! One example; a very close friend is a service planner for one of the local power companies (won't say which, but they cover areas you wouldn't think they'd be in....and all of them have great potential spots!). He was east of the Cooper on an 18th century plantation and was talking with the owner. He has a standing request from me to get an introduction to property owners if the chance arises so I can personally talk with them about permission. He mentioned detecting to the owner who told him he used to allow people to detect there. At first it was the guy who asked and he'd occasionally bring a friend or two, no problem. He stated that not long afterwards though groups of people were coming and going at all times of the day, sometimes with the guy and sometimes without. They'd run all over his property and he didn't know any of them. Because of the larger groups that began coming and having no basic respect for the fact this was the man's home, he pulled the permission from the guy and now refuses to grant one to anyone!

    Most of us here in the Lowcountry suffer and struggle for at least one or two good permissions we can hunt freely!
    Last edited by Palmetto Pony; Feb 16, 2017 at 05:07 PM.
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  6. #21

    Feb 2017
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    Thanks for the information guys, though it really annoys me that the state of SC would have an issue with me taking my 3 daughters to a park to play around for a few hours with a metal detector. Frustrating that a few bad eggs have to ruin it for everyone else with their idiocy and selfishness. I guess its a good thing that I am moving to Louisiana this summer. Hopefully they wont be so ridiculous in their laws on detecting.

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    Coming next month with my husband and staying on Isle of Palms ay a resort. Is detecting allowed on the beach there?

 

 
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