[QUOTE=graybeard;2704251]I see some people think if ground is considered as public ground they can do anything they want. Keep doing whatever you want and you will NOT have anywhere that you can detect. If you have to sneak in a place to detect, what enjoyment do you have detecting?
Reply: The people that think they can do anything they want in any Public area actually have no problem finding places to do it in!..
..'Sneaking around' has no impact at all on their enjoyment level!...These bastards consider themselves 'Above the Law' and for all practical purposes, they are! For it has no adverse effect on them!
A guy I have known personally for nearly 59 years pretty much just goes out and does what he pleases...He hunts his town, all the other detectorists he runs into there told him he needs to have a $30 permit. He has never bothered to check the veracity of this 'dubious infield admonition' and just goes and hunts to his hearts content with no worries.
He travels around and detects in other States unseen and un-noticed. He has even hunted this out of town park one morning before the Sun came up. Then, he noticed this sign...did he throw back all his finds? NO! Did he feel bad about it? Not in the least! Did he turn himself in for a proper spanking and pay a fine? No! He merely drove on out of there with the loot and considered the Morning a complete success and the finds a badge of honor!
Considering him a good friend, I have admonished him and asked if this reprehensible behavior he exhibits is troubling to him, being a "Stain upon the reputation of the Sport" etc. and he told me 'No'...It does not bother him in the least little bit!...He says he aint hurting a damned old flea and you only got so much time on this Planet....Like I told you, He's a Selfish Bastard!! You are 'ruining it for everybody else' I told him, but he just shrugs and says, "Tough tiddlywinks, thats their problem, whats that got to do with me?"
He simply remains unseen and unnoticed, goes about doing whatever the hell he wants to do with abandon and unconcern... Strange thing, it seems to work for him in all manners of outdoor pursuit oriented activities!...He wont change! I dont think he ever encumbered restrictions on any Sport or caused local laws to be inacted with his shameless shenanigans, since nobody ever sees him....His style, although I DO NOT condone it, is a marvel to behold!
What can I do about it? Who can I call and turn him in to that will enforce the 'Metal Detecting Principles', give him a good hard Public flogging with a flattened sandscoop or take him to court? Is there a reward/bounty out there I can collect? Help me please! I'm just a law abiding totlotter...He wont ever curbstrip though, no matter how legal, he says thats just asking for trouble!
A guy like this will never run out of detecting sites, on account of they consider the World is theirs, early risers combined with a KMA attitude, and a invisible Elven cloaking device like from LOTR...Other people might consider certain places 'off limits', and run out of 'sanctioned and approved detecting areas', but a guy like this never will...
We are heading out this weekend in fact..I sure hope he dont get me into any trouble we cant bullcrap or shoot our way out of!!...
I'm nothing more than a timid voice of reason, doing my best to protect Our Sport's Honor and reputation...That and the designated driver, since hes pretty much drunk all the time...