Originally Posted by Ace400
To further pad my post count... er... um... To further answer your question, Tom, State Parks around here are good to go, just have to email the park manager to get written permission (and special instructions because they don't seem to follow the digging tool rules (So far, they have both been more lenient than the written rules)). The State Game Lands, which are plentiful and often boarder the State Parks, are off limits. The only Federal land around here is National Parks, so I'm thinking that's probably a no as well. The county next door allows it (for a $10 permit fee)... But you have to be a resident of that county to get one
Ace-400, I won't go into the fed and "game land" stuff you allude to for PA. But for PA state parks, .... I just reviewed the FMDAC citation for PA. Click on your state on that list. And .... the reading appears as you have cited here: That you must ask and get their location-by-location say-so. Right ?
Ok, here's a challenge for you: Above that text seen on that FMDAC list: click on the link you'll see above . That will take you straight to the actual PA state park's website, rules, laws, etc.... And navigating that, you should be able to find the actual rules for their state parks. Eg.: dogs on leash, no fireworks, permits available, cost of camping sites, etc... Right ?
Ok, now study that. And see if you actually find anything there that truly says
"md'ing by permission at each kiosk you come to " type conclusion. There should be a key-word search function there, so you can try variations of "metal" + "detectors" etc....
The reason I say this, is that the "commentary" that you read, is someone answering someone else's inquiry. Ie.: whoever's compiling that FMDAC list sends out 50 letters to each state asking "what are the rules regarding md'ing". Someone answers back , taking the "safe answer" route, and says "inquire at each kiosk" type answer. But when reading their actual state park rules, ... NO WHERE does it actually say that.
Perhaps for PA it does. But just saying, don't confuse "commentary" with actual laws/rules.