Metal Detecting In South Dakota?
You Should Know The Law

Metal detecting in South Dakota follows the Antiquities Act of 1906.

Click on the link below for the Antiquities Act explanation. I have provided a few other links to more recent laws, as well as stories about some of the problems people face who break these law.

Be sure and read through all of the pages. This information should not be taken lightly.

Even though the Antiquities Act does not specifically mention "metal detecting", you need to understand what the law says about digging artifacts.

Metal Detecting In South Dakota
And the Antiquities Act

Antiquities Act 1906

The grand-daddy of all of the laws dealing with digging artifacts is the above law. However, two more laws have been instituted since that law. They basically mirror what the Antiaquites Act states. I have provided links to those laws below.

The National Historic Preservation Act - NHPA.

And another laws is ARPA.  Archaeological Resource Preservation Act

To keep this law stuff as simple as possible; if you are detecting in South Dakota, especially on State Land, do not dig anything that you believe is an artifact, or anything that is older than 100 years.

If you want to detect on private property, then be sure you get written permission from the landowner. A verbal ok from the property owner in most cases is fine, but a written ok is much better.

For detecting in South Dakota, 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I cannot be responsible for any outdated laws from the time of this posting.

Do Not Quit The Hobby

These laws can be frustrating. It seems at times that every which way we turn we are being strangled by more laws that take away our freedom to enjoy the lands that God has provided to us. With that being said...if you are thinking about quitting the hobby of metal detecting because of the laws, do not do it. For every person who quits, the beauracrats gain an advantage. They would like nothing better than to see our hobby controlled by the government, or banned completely.

My TV Series Upset The Archaeologists

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Be Careful, do not break the laws.

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