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« on: July 28, 2009, 07:34:02 pm »
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Hi everyone, I too am new to metal detecting. I am just wondering how to find out if it is okay to dig on old home sites. I'm not sure who owns the property but the houses have been abandoned for years. What is the proper way to handle digging in such areas? Thanks in advance for your advice. Hope you have a great evening.
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« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2009, 07:53:50 pm »
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Hi from Minnesota!
Good question you pose. The other members would be able to answer better. I was wondering the same thing, if there is no evidence of an owner, don't know if asking the neighbors would help, or hinder our prospects of detecting.

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« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2009, 07:57:11 pm »
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Contact the county tax assessor and ask who owns the property. Someone has to pay taxes on the land.

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« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2009, 08:15:50 pm »
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Hm.  I doubt that the government can own the land, if they do they can develop it.  Like I said though, I doubt it.  Take GoldDigger1950's advice.

How to handle digging on such places? First off, and with most places, refilling the holes back up is a must.  I would put it in a plastic little bucket or metal and put your dirt in there, of course after scanning the dirt to make sure there is no items in it, if you use a metal bucket. 

Instead of cutting a plug, cut maybe like a flap of some kind.  That way, you don't sever the roots from the grass and kill that patch of grass, depending on if they like the lawn to be neat looking. 

That is what I got.  Welcome by the way!! Wink Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2009, 08:36:10 pm »
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Hay Red Digger.

Is it Florida you live in?

Do you know any cops?

I hunt in a town where metal

detecting is against the law.

But, I have an understanding

with the city police that I can

hunt in playgrounds and do not

hunt for artifacts.

That is just between me and tha

cops on tha beat. I know their

names in case some one questions

me.

Just keep an open mind.

I get permission by being friendly.

Happy Huntin,

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« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2009, 08:37:19 pm »
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Hm.  I doubt that the government can own the land, if they do they can develop it.  Like I said though, I doubt it.  Take GoldDigger1950's advice.

How to handle digging on such places? First off, and with most places, refilling the holes back up is a must.  I would put it in a plastic little bucket or metal and put your dirt in there, of course after scanning the dirt to make sure there is no items in it, if you use a metal bucket. 

Instead of cutting a plug, cut maybe like a flap of some kind.  That way, you don't sever the roots from the grass and kill that patch of grass, depending on if they like the lawn to be neat looking. 

That is what I got.  Welcome by the way!! Wink Smiley

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 abandoned   usually mean's unkept lawn with lot's of weed's  being neat doesnt count ,,Most likely look better after you leave  ,,,so I would not worry about getting to fancy on the the way you retrieve a target  ,,I hunt park's  and only use a screwdriver and vibra probe  with no trace I was there  ,



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« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2009, 09:22:53 pm »
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Well, I dig on a place that contains a abandoned house and they like it that I keep it nice.  It is even kept neat from the begin with.  Though, I guess it is quite rare so most people don't really mind about it then.

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I am thinking more like an area like this ,,

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« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2009, 09:39:08 pm »
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I never said the GOVERNMENT owned the land. I said that property taxes must be paid on the land and the county tax assessor's office WILL have the owner listed.

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« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2009, 09:44:24 pm »
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Oh no.  I was just suggesting that they could have possibly owned it....but more than likely not.  I would think that they would have done something with it by now if that were the case.

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