Metal Detecting on Guvment land?

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  1. TripleGee

    TripleGee 12 pointer

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    I've never done any, but hoping to buy one after my second knee surgery heals up come late spring. I was wondering if it was legal to search for stuff in the Nat'l Forest? I know some spots lakeside that were old homesteads and was wondering about my wandering. Ha
     
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  2. KYote-Krusher

    KYote-Krusher 12 pointer

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    I used to do a little prospecting for gold with my metal detector down in Georgia in the Chattahoochee National Forest but they started requiring permits and put limits on the areas you could hunt so I quit going but that was years ago so I'm not sure what the situation is now. Probably just depends on which National Forest you choose.

    Here's a little guidance for the Forests: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprd3840675.pdf

    If I remember correctly, all National PARKS are off limits to metal detectorists. :rolleyes:
     
  3. HuntressOfLight

    HuntressOfLight 12 pointer

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    I used to have one but never found time to use it. I finally wizened up enough to stop wearing any fine jewelry while riding surf, after having lost enough while doing so and always wondered which guy scanning the beach early morning and/or late afternoon potentially scored with it. That sand and saltwater would greatly benefit your healing.
     
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  4. kc4sox

    kc4sox 6 pointer

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    I’ve been metal detecting for years it is not legal to metal detect in Daniel Boone national Forest or any other national forest for that matter.
     
  5. KYote-Krusher

    KYote-Krusher 12 pointer

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  6. Wildcat

    Wildcat 12 pointer

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    Don't ever have one in your truck in LBL.
     
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  7. KYote-Krusher

    KYote-Krusher 12 pointer

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    Is that the voice of experience speaking?? o_O
     
  8. Nock

    Nock 12 pointer

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    Sounds like it.
     
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  9. grinder

    grinder 8 pointer

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    I would love to detect there ! Its a shame they dont let ya.
     
  10. 00noturkey

    00noturkey 12 pointer

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    maybe a yote took it. one left a tu7d, outside my tent once. just didnt take anything. :rolleyes:
     

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