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The Digger :Your Metal Detecting Magazine E-zine
May 10, 2018

State, Federal and BLM Lands

One of the questions I’m often asked is:

“Where can I go metal detecting without getting arrested?”

My answer is. You can metal detect anywhere that is not posted as State, Federal, or BLM lands. Those areas are off limits to removing items that are more than one hundred years old. In theory, you may be able to metal detect on any of those mentioned lands, with a permit, highly unlikely you’ll get one though, but whatever you dig, that is more than one hundred years old, is a law breaker.

What fun is it to metal detect an area, only to possibly break the law, or to find and keep items like a 1970 Lincoln penny? So I tell people, stay off of State, Federal, or BLM lands, their not worth the effort.

Don’t fret about where to detect. There are so many private properties to search. Just get permission from the property owners. Old farms and houses have a tremendous potential for finding exciting items. Just keep asking for permission, be professional and courteous when searching these properties, and soon you’ll be asked to talk to their friends, neighbors, and family to search their properties. Metal Detecting Laws Page

Asking For Permission Takes A Bit Of Sales Savvy!

Asking for permission to search a private property works best when the property owner is made to feel special. I don’t mean that you should use phony compliments about the owner’s property to gain their respect. Instead, you need to be generally honest and caring when you approach the property owner. Any sign of a false pretense will most likely be picked up by the person, and your chance of getting a “yes” will be thrown away. And just like a good salesman knows, that if you can get the prospect to believe they are the one making the decision, without feeling pressured, the better the sale. My pitch to property owners goes something like this.

While smiling I say.

“Hi. My name is Frank Pandozzi and I’m sorry to bother you. But I was driving by and I noticed your beautiful, older home.”

If the property owner acknowledges my name, and my honest opinion about their home, then I continue.

“What year was the house built? I ask as I look at the home. I wait for answer.

“How long have you lived here?”

The idea of asking questions regarding the property is to show interest and respect. You’ll never get a yes to search from a property owner if they don’t feel you’re genuinely interested in their property. Be sincere, be honest, and show excitement about the property. After all, you obviously are interested in the possibility of what may be hiding below the surface of the property…so show that excitement.

Once I get the property owner to speak freely with me I move on to my interest in history. So I’ll say.

“I love the history of this area.” Again, I’m being honest with the property owner.

“I enjoy finding old relics from the past with my metal detector. I bet there are quite a few old relics lying beneath the surface of this property. Have you ever thought about what kind of history is beneath your property?”

That last question is important. I want to know if the property owner gives any hint of interest in what items may lay below their property. What they tell me is a lead to the direction of my next question.

If they say something like this, “Well I never thought about that. But I’m sure that would be interesting to know.” That’s a great answer. It’s one I’m looking for. A statement like that now gives me the opportunity to say this.

“I think it would be exciting to see what’s in this ground. I’d love to find some relics for you. Would you give me permission to metal detect your property? When I’m finished, you’ll never know I was here. I fill in all holes, which are no larger than a few inches in diameter. And of course, because it’s your property, you get first choice on what I find.”

Most often using this approach, I get a yes. That’s because the property owner admitted to me they were interested in what may be laying in wait. This gets back to what I said earlier. The property owner is feeling good about me, and, he or she basically made the decision to say yes without feeling pressured. In sales, it’s called a soft close.

Of course there will be times when you’re going to get no when asking. But the more you practice by asking, the easier you get to a yes. And if you treat the property owner right, and with respect as you search the property, you’ll end up with referrals of other properties to search.

Also, some property owners will let you keep everything you dig. That’s great! Others want the items you find. If that’s the case, and they want everything, which is rare, be respectful and give them the finds. After all, it is their property. Most often though, when I ask them if I can keep a few items I find, they are willing to allow me to pick what I want.

There are so many areas on private property to search. Just go out and ask for permission…and don’t be afraid of getting a no for an answer. Remember, just like a good salesman understands, with every no you receive, your one step closer to getting a yes.

Buried Treasures Are Out There Waiting To Be Found

If you’ve ever dreamed of locating a buried treasure, but have not yet started your search, then perhaps I can give you the necessary push to begin.

Buried caches may exist not to far from where you are now living. It’s been human nature for people to hide their possessions, and there are many reasons why they do so.

People have buried there belongings to hide from the enemy. When America was fighting during the French & Indian War the colonists hid their personal items from the British and the French.

During the American Revolution, people buried their possessions from the British, and the Tories; and when the Civil War was being fought many home owners buried their belongings from both the Union and Rebel soldiers.

In addition, many people have for years distrusted financial institutions like banks, so they have hidden their money as well. And many others have buried their money to hide from their spouse and family members. It sounds selfish, but it happens.

The above situations lead the way for the opportunity to take cache hunting seriously. These opportunities exist because many times the buried possessions were never recovered. They have been left behind due to deaths of the person doing the burying. In many cases the family members never knew of a cache being buried on their property. So what happens when everyone in the family dies, or moves away? Obviously, the treasure stays behind. And many times, these hidden treasures are located by either someone searching for a treasure, or an unsuspecting person.

Many times when home owners remodeling their homes they have found valuables hidden in certain areas. Places like behind walls, ceilings, and under floorboards have produced hidden treasures of all sorts. Home owners have found caches buried in what used to be gardens. The garden used to be, and still is a popular burying site for treasures.

The best way to locate buried caches is to visit the historical society of the area you live in. Most of them have old newspapers on file. By reading through the old news you may be able to pick out a brief story that relates to a possible buried cache.

By reading old books that tell the history of your area you may be able to learn about a possible hermit who lived the life of a recluse and was always seen wearing the same clothes. This type of individual has been known to hide their money, even what little money they might have had.

Also, concentrate your cache hunting around older homes, or farms. Always ask for permission. Search the garden areas, and around any old trees, and be sure to search around any old, fence posts. Often times the farmers would bury a small cache beneath a fence post. They would simply pull out the post, bury the valuable, and then replace the post. Privy‘s and outhouses were always a place where treasures were hidden.

These caches are out their. The banking institute estimated that there is billions of dollars of unaccounted money. Others are searching for and finding hidden treasures of varying amounts. Why not try finding some of those billions yourself.

Metal Detecting Hunter Finds Ohio Woman's Lost Class Ring

“To take up metal detecting as a hobby is to unearth a lot of pull tabs. Good finds are few and far between, Mike Blankenship said.

You’ll do more trash than anything of value,” said Blankenship, a union millwright and member of the Central Kentucky Research and Recovery Metal-Detecting Club.” Detecting Hunter Finds Ohio Woman's Lost Class Ring

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