Metal Detecting In Missouri?
You Should Know The Law
Metal detecting in Missouri follows 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.
I recently heard of a situation where three individuals who were digging for old bottles on Missouri State Land were arrested and thrown in jail.
Hey, digging is digging when it comes to these ridiculous laws. The States don't care whether your digging for bottles, coins, or picking up Indian arrowheads, to them your still breaking the law.
In addition to the above mentioned ARPA law, if you are treasure hunting in Missouri, you must be aware of another law,
the National Historic Preservation Act. (NHPA)
NHPA As confusing as the above laws may seem, if you are detecting in Missouri,
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 Missouri, town, village and city parks, you'll need to check with those local officials.
I cannot be responsible for any outdated laws from the time of this posting.
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