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Frogpoint

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I was wondering if anyone has any advice for metal detecting in georgia since we cannot metal detect public property? I would appreciate any advice you have, i have been itching to dig a coin up! Thanks!
 
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ArfieBoy

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Seek permission to detect private property. I don't know about the laws on detecting public land in Georgia, but there a lot of people on here from Georgia. Maybe some of them will chime in. Good Luck!
 

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I think I would quit the hobby if all I could do is ask for private's permissions, if I had that scenario when I started. I wouldn't invest a lot into new gear for a while anyways.
 
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I was wondering if anyone has any advice for metal detecting in georgia since we cannot metal detect public property? I would appreciate any advice you have, i have been itching to dig a coin up! Thanks!
Tell me more.. I've not heard of not being able to hunt public property.
 

crashbandicoot

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I was wondering if anyone has any advice for metal detecting in georgia since we cannot metal detect public property? I would appreciate any advice you have, i have been itching to dig a coin up! Thanks!
I,m not from Georgia but i remember threads from Georgia members about detecting tot lots and the like. Welcome to Tnet!
 
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Frogpoint

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Tell me more.. I've not heard of not being able to hunt public property.
So according to law it is illegal to hunt public property in georgia stated here.
  1. It is not legal to surface collect, dig, or metal detect on state property. This includes Civil War sites. (OCGA 12-3-10(n), 12-3-52)
 
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Frogpoint

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I think I would quit the hobby if all I could do is ask for private's permissions, if I had that scenario when I started. I wouldn't invest a lot into new gear for a while anyways.
Yeah thats what the struggle for me is I have detecting my whole 6 acres and found neat things but I want to find a coin so bad!
 

crashbandicoot

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So according to law it is illegal to hunt public property in georgia stated here.
  1. It is not legal to surface collect, dig, or metal detect on state property. This includes Civil War sites. (OCGA 12-3-10(n), 12-3-52)
That doesn,t rule out City or County properties. Check on the rules for those before you give up.
 

McKinney_5900

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That doesn,t rule out City or County properties. Check on the rules for those before you give up.
Yes, that is how it is here in Texas. "State owned property" is off limits, and historical sites for the most part. City land and city parks are allowed, until some karen decides she doesn't like what you are doing.

So state owned property is avoided but curb strips and city parks are allowed.
 

crashbandicoot

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Yes, that is how it is here in Texas. "State owned property" is off limits, and historical sites for the most part. City land and city parks are allowed, until some karen decides she doesn't like what you are doing.

So state owned property is avoided but curb strips and city parks are allowed.
You,ve got to use your head and think.Not all property is State owned. Many Corps of Engineer properties are fair game,some are not.That,s why research and just asking around are important. Many lakes are city or county owned and have boat ramps,good places to detect. Schools? Usually every school is a separate case,some will allow you to detect and some won,t.Depends on the Superintendent or Principal at that school.If you don,t ask,you,ll never know. How about County Fairgrounds? There,s endless possibilities if you think about it.Don,t give up just because you read one regulation that seems to ban all detecting. I,m lucky in that I live in a very small town and I,m well known as is my family going back a while. No calling out the SWAT team if somebody spots me under the football bleachers at the High School.
 
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Frogpoint

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You,ve got to use your head and think.Not all property is State owned. Many Corps of Engineer properties are fair game,some are not.That,s why research and just asking around are important. Many lakes are city or county owned and have boat ramps,good places to detect. Schools? Usually every school is a separate case,some will allow you to detect and some won,t.Depends on the Superintendent or Principal at that school.If you don,t ask,you,ll never know. How about County Fairgrounds? There,s endless possibilities if you think about it.Don,t give up just because you read one regulation that seems to ban all detecting. I,m lucky in that I live in a very small town and I,m well known as is my family going back a while. No calling out the SWAT team if somebody spots me under the football bleachers at the High School.
Lol thank you I will do more research!
 
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Frogpoint

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Yes, that is how it is here in Texas. "State owned property" is off limits, and historical sites for the most part. City land and city parks are allowed, until some karen decides she doesn't like what you are doing.

So state owned property is avoided but curb strips and city parks are allowed.
Thank you for this information!
 
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Frogpoint

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Michigan has the same restrictions on state land as well, except for a few specifically named beach areas. Almost all the parks where I live, in W Michigan are city and county though.

So I'm free to find can slaw and pull tabs as much as I want.

--Matt
Thank you for your input!
 

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