Metal Detecting In Minnesota?
You Should Know The Law
Metal detecting in Minnesota can be a great adventure. But there are certain laws that you need to follow. The first law to understand is the ARPA (Archeological Resources Preservation Act).
Please click on the link below for the ARPA explanation and some of the problems people face who break this law. ARPA and You Be sure and read through the entire page at the link above.
Even though ARPA does not specifically mention "metal detecting", you need to understand what ARPA says about digging artifacts.
Also pay attention to the laws that deal with Indian burial sites in Minnesota.
You better take a look at this site about those burial grounds. In addition to the above mentioned ARPA law, you should be aware of another law,
the National Historic Preservation Act. (NHPA)
NHPA As confusing as the above laws may seem, if you are treasure hunting in Minnesota?
If you are metal detecting in Minnesota, do not dig anything that you believe is an artifact, or anything that is older than 100 years.
Especially if you are on any State Lands.
If you want to detect on private property, then be sure you get written permission from the landowner.
For detecting in Minnesota, town, village and city parks, you'll need to check with those local officials.
Metal detecting in Minnesota State Parks is not allowed.
Do not let the beauracrats stop you from enjoying the hobby
If you are a metal detectorist, or you are thinking of beginning the hobby, but afraid of all the laws and restrictions against metal detecting, let me say that you will be doing yourself a great disservice by not starting, or quitting the hobby.
The Archaeologists, and beauracrats want people to quit the hobby, or they want to discourage newbies from entering. And the more people who give in to their senseless laws, the more they win.
For years, many of us have been fighting the laws that are destroying our right to enjoy metal detecting. Had we given in, then the hobby would have vanished years ago under the pressure. What we need is to continue to fight against the laws, and we need people like you to help us. The more individuals who come forward to help, the better off we will be. If you are new to the hobby and discouraged because areas for detecting have been taken away due to unconstitutional laws, or you are about ready to give up, just remember, there are thousands of private properties that can be used for metal detecting in Kentucky, all you need to do is get permission from the property owners. It really is that simple. Do not allow the government, or the Archeologists to dictate how you should enjoy life.
Are You Interested In A Metal Detector Or Accessories?
If you do not own a metal detector and you are thinking of purchasing one, do not over spend. Too often, newcomers to the hobby buy expensive detectors only to discover nothing but confusion about how to use their new model.
If you spend between $350-$450 on a new model, that is good enough. Just read the owners manual, and practice with your detector, and you will do fine. Move up to the high end models after you have become proficient in the hobby.
I cannot be responsible for any outdated laws from the time of this posting.
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