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  1. #1
    us
    Jan 2005
    Murfreesboro, TN
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    Laws on metal detecting/t-hunting

    Curiousity compels me to ask...

    What are the current laws for finding, recovering, and keeping treasure in Tennessee?

    What are the current laws for doing the above on state property, such as a state forest or park? Federal property?


  2. #2

    Sep 2006
    Ga
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    Re: Laws on metal detecting/t-hunting

    i live in Crossville Tn,and i do know you can "NOT" hunt in any state park in the State of Tn,not even on the beach! you "CAN" hunt on TVA lake beach's but you must get a pic id permit from the state,its free and good for 2 years.they do a background check and issue you a pic like a drivers lic.i cant speek of Fed land because i never looked into it. for some reason most places down here are off limmits! there is a big MD club in Nashville,google them and they can answer any questions you have. DD

  3. #3
    us
    Jan 2005
    Murfreesboro, TN
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    Re: Laws on metal detecting/t-hunting

    Part of the area I'm interested in is within a state forest, while the bulk of the area is not. I plan on taking a day off during the summer to search for it, and would welcome any help.

  4. #4

    Sep 2006
    Ga
    Sovereign GT W/S12 Coil & Excal 1000 & Fisher CZ21 Cz20,Tesoro Tiger Shark Excal ll
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    Re: Laws on metal detecting/t-hunting

    maybe you can get permission from surrounding land owners?

  5. #5
    us
    Jan 2005
    Murfreesboro, TN
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    Re: Laws on metal detecting/t-hunting

    Permission is mandatory anyway...

  6. #6
    us
    May 2003
    E. Tennessee
    Tesoro tigershark----Tesoro Conquistador Umax------Fisher FX-3----Master Hunter CX-Plus w/ depth multiplier
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Laws on metal detecting/t-hunting

    Although metal detecting itself is not prohibited, digging and removal of artifacts is a felony. Damaging plants and vegetation is a misdemeanor. Soooo.....ya got what ya get.

  7. #7
    us
    Jul 2007
    Clarksville, TN
    Garrett Ultra GTA 350, Garrett Ace 250
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    Re: Laws on metal detecting/t-hunting

    OK everyone, I need ya'lls help here...
    I am new to detecting in my area now and have not done it as a hobby since I was
    stationed in Oahu, HI on the beaches there I managed to get out a little.

    My issue right now, is I retired from the Army here in Clarksville, TN 2 yrs ago, now
    I would like to pick up the hobby again, as I know it can be fun, and healthy.

    I emailed my city (clarksville, TN) park & recreation offices, asking if there were any city muni-code(s) disallowing use of metal detectors in the city parks. I got an email back saying that no hobby detecting is allowed at any of them, at all.

    I responded with I want to know what specific written law they are using to make that determination to disallow hobby metal detector enthusiast's in the public, city/county parks.

    Is there any other Clarksville, TN folks on here that can also email these guys?

    Here is there email address: ParksRec@cityofclarksville.com

    Their website is: http://www.cityofclarksville.com/par...ntireparks.asp


    Here is a copy & paste of the emails:

    _________________________________________________ __________________________
    Can you please tell me what code this is covered in?

    Your City park websites show only one park that specifically mentions no metal detecting, the others do not mention it at all. I would like to see the actual code/law disallowing this hobby in our local public parks, thanks.

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Parks & Rec <ParksRec@cityofclarksville.com>
    Date: Friday, July 13, 2007 16:21
    Subject: RE: Question please
    >
    >
    >
    > Thank you for your inquiry, but unfortunately, metal detecting in any
    > city park is prohibited.
    >
    >
    > -----Original Message-----
    > From:
    >
    > Sent: Friday, July 13, 2007 2:33 PM
    > To: Parks & Rec
    > Subject: Question please
    >
    >
    > Hello,
    >
    > I am writing to inquire about whether or not there is any written
    > ordinance/code pertaining to the "Hobby" use of metal detectors
    > within
    > our public city & county parks.
    >
    > Understanding that State historical parks are protected under federal
    > statutes, I was wondering which, if any local public parks in our area
    > prohibit "Hobby" metal detecting.
    >
    > Of course', any detecting accomplished would be done with the
    > strictest Metal Detectors Code of Ethics.
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > Thank You

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  8. #8
    us
    Dec 2007
    Chattanooga, TN
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    Metal Detecting

    Re: Laws on metal detecting/t-hunting

    The National Antiquities Act prohibits MDing on any federal land. It is against the law to remove anything made by the hand of man that is over 100 years old. Arrowheads and Minie balls are allowable if eyeballed. Most states have adopted the national law. Some states, like Alabama and Georgia carry this even futher. In Ga it is an offense to medal detect anywhere, even private land, without written permission from the owner and the permission must be on your person. Georgia has been enforcing this law. Alabama was, or maybe still are, trying to make medal detecting off limits for even your own land. They claim rights to anything over 100 years old. TVA has claimed rights to anything in the water for the major rivers so water hunting can be dangerous.

  9. #9

    Mar 2007
    80

    Re: Laws on metal detecting/t-hunting

    Quote Originally Posted by carajou
    Part of the area I'm interested in is within a state forest, while the bulk of the area is not. I plan on taking a day off during the summer to search for it, and would welcome any help.
    state or national forest land is a big no no they do not allow it

 

 

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