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Old 07-02-2017, 11:01 AM
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Woodz71 & M-puppy: It all depends on the mental image of the lot in question. If you are imaging someone's corner lot which is indeed an extension of someone's yard, then sure: M-puppy's post might not seem to be funny.

But if you are imagining something truly innocuous, then what he's saying makes sense. After all, there's not a single one of us that wouldn't take a well-worn shortcut path across a corner vacant weed-choked lot. Right ?

Yet... think about it: If you sent a letter to the out-of-state corporation who owns that corner vacant lot. Saying "hi , can I take a walk (or birdwatch, or spit, or detect, etc.. ), they will just say "no". Or probably never answer.
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Old 07-02-2017, 11:50 AM
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It's a sense of humor.... twisted, but a sense of humor none the less.



I'm a newb as well and have the same philosophy (convictions) you have. There are plenty of empty lots in the town and surrounding areas I live in with some history to them but I wouldn't step foot on them without an affirmative response from the property owner or manager. A quick look at the GIS map and sure enough, the tract is in someone's name...



I could get out there and swing away but wouldn't be able to focus on the hunt. Maybe with the more NO's I get, the more of an outlaw I may become but right now I'm gonna gain permission myself.


GIS map? I guess that's land roles.
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Old 07-02-2017, 04:55 PM
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GIS map? I guess that's land roles.
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GIS maps are an indispensable resource - and usually an easy one to find and use, depending where you live. They'll not only give you names and addresses for property owners, but also property boundaries, sometimes the year the home or whatever was built, and lots of other useful info. For many US counties, you can find the GIS maps for your area on your county auditor's website. For example: http://auditor.co.wood.oh.us/Map.aspx?Todo=Init

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Old 07-03-2017, 12:38 PM
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GIS map? I guess that's land roles.
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Originally Posted by AirmetTango View post
GIS maps are an indispensable resource - and usually an easy one to find and use, depending where you live. They'll not only give you names and addresses for property owners, but also property boundaries, sometimes the year the home or whatever was built, and lots of other useful info. For many US counties, you can find the GIS maps for your area on your county auditor's website.
What ole Airmet said....

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Old 07-04-2017, 11:06 AM
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Interesting topic and caused me some soul searching. The answer to the question is yes. I grew up on a farm ten miles out of town. There were some old acreages with old buildings adjacent to our farm. They are owned by a family in New York when I was a kid. My father used to farm the surrounding land for the family. The neighbor kids and I used to ride our bikes there to meet up and play around. When we were older we all used to hunt rabbits there. And when we got even older we would drive our girlfriends out there after the movies. We never ever thought of it as trespassing. We were kids. That was fifty years ago or more. My father has since passed away. I don't know who farms the land around it anymore. Probably a farm management corporation. I don't know if the third generation of heirs still own the land or if it was sold off. The buildings are still there, just a little more dilapidated than they were years ago. I went out there several times metal detecting. I found an old harness with buckles. Lots of square nails. Some old coins. A wrench. A bucket full of spent .22 cartridges. Lots of old tin cans and trash. An old padlock. Took it all home with me. So, after thinking about it, I guess I'm a thief and a trespasser.

Interesting that people consider what I'm doing as trespassing while at the same time many of them will check the coin machine at the grocery store for coins that someone left behind. Some might say that the people who stuck them in the machine abandoned them and therefore are free for the taking. Some might say that they belong to the machine. I say that they don't belong to the person who takes them so it is stealing. It just depends on which angle you want to take to justify what you are doing.

Bottom line, most everything we dig up belongs to someone else.
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Old 07-04-2017, 11:31 AM
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I have found it's easier to get forgiveness than to get permission a lot of times.
Corporate properties especially. Just my personal experience that is obviously not shared by many metal detecting "purists".
Most here have done the same but is not politically correct to admit.
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Old 07-04-2017, 04:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Rollie View post
Interesting topic and caused me some soul searching. The answer to the question is yes. I grew up on a farm ten miles out of town. There were some old acreages with old buildings adjacent to our farm. They are owned by a family in New York when I was a kid. My father used to farm the surrounding land for the family. The neighbor kids and I used to ride our bikes there to meet up and play around. When we were older we all used to hunt rabbits there. And when we got even older we would drive our girlfriends out there after the movies. We never ever thought of it as trespassing. We were kids. That was fifty years ago or more. My father has since passed away. I don't know who farms the land around it anymore. Probably a farm management corporation. I don't know if the third generation of heirs still own the land or if it was sold off. The buildings are still there, just a little more dilapidated than they were years ago. I went out there several times metal detecting. I found an old harness with buckles. Lots of square nails. Some old coins. A wrench. A bucket full of spent .22 cartridges. Lots of old tin cans and trash. An old padlock. Took it all home with me. So, after thinking about it, I guess I'm a thief and a trespasser.

Interesting that people consider what I'm doing as trespassing while at the same time many of them will check the coin machine at the grocery store for coins that someone left behind. Some might say that the people who stuck them in the machine abandoned them and therefore are free for the taking. Some might say that they belong to the machine. I say that they don't belong to the person who takes them so it is stealing. It just depends on which angle you want to take to justify what you are doing.

Bottom line, most everything we dig up belongs to someone else.
Excellent post Rollie. When I was a kid, we used to play in the fields behind my house (some sort of alfalfa fields). We'd ride our BMX bikes on trails there. Catch frogs in the ditch that ran through there, etc.... It was also the short-cut path to grammar school. And ... I'll be durned ... none of us was ever arrested (how can that be ?).

I think most of us can get an image of "innocuous" for things like your story & mine. But how does all this relate to md'ing ? : Why the heck the act of metal detecting somehow so evil and dangerous and horrible, that that too can't fall under the same "innocuous" standard that the average Joe knows exists for other things in life ?
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Old 07-09-2017, 11:00 AM
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I own abandoned property and I like to detect it. Maybe once a year. So how would I feel if I stopped in for my annual hunt only to find another guy detecting it without permission? I would not like it. Just because it's an abandoned house falling down doesn't mean someone doesn't utilize the property. Private property is what it is. If you don't own it it's not your right to detect it, or even step foot on the premises. Sorry, but this is my feeling about this topic. Always ask permission. If you don't ask permission, one day you will get caught and it's not going to be pretty.

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.... or even step foot on the premises......
spenglure, in a way, you're absolutely right. The world would be a better place if everyone employed this 100%

But on the other hand, is there EVER a point where it can border on ridiculous over-worrying ? For example, if you were walking this street, do you take the long way around this ? Or do you take the path ?

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[QUOTE=Tom_in_CA;2801992]spenglure, in a way, you're absolutely right. The world would be a better place if everyone employed this 100%

But on the other hand, is there EVER a point where it can border on ridiculous over-worrying ? For example, if you were walking this street, do you take the long way around this ? Or do you take the path ?

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I see what you mean by that picture, but a lot of cities own the first 10 to 15' in from the road. That picture might be one of those situations.

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Originally Posted by spenglure View post
....a lot of cities own the first 10 to 15' in from the road. That picture might be one of those situations.
Granted. Ok. Do you go to city hall assessor's office, researching borders, boundaries, legal allowances on-said-zone (whistle dixie, versus just walk, versus detect, etc....) ? Or .... do you just take the short-cut path and don't even think twice about it ?
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Old 07-15-2017, 12:30 PM
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It all depends on the situation. Use some common sense, and you're likely not to have any (lasting) issues.

Most importantly, leave no trace of your presence. Fill your holes. Pick up trash and people will think you're just a neighborhood do gooder. If necessary, carry a garbage bag of typical park trash (bottles, cans, weathered newspapers, plastic grocery bags, etc.) with you. Leave it out so it looks like you picked up the site.

Read the law on trespassing and how it is defined. Look for loopholes. In Wisconsin there is a very strict definition about how land must be posted. This relates to how far apart the signs must be, the size of the signs, and what the signs must include. There is also a big loophole that says it is not trespassing if you enter private land from a public park. There are also clauses that make certain types of trespassing a far more serious issue, and/or create special types of trespassing, like for construction sites.

Don't draw attention to yourself. Treat the land with respect and act like you belong there. If you are hunting a construction site wear a yellow vest. Most people and cops will not even give you a second look then. If you are challenged, leave quietly, peacefully, and apologetically if necessary. Get out of the situation before a ticket can be issued.

Plan out in advance what you were going to say if you are challenged. It is always easier to ask forgiveness for inadvertently making a mistake then to ask permission from a corporation or government agency that sees you as a liability and feels no obligation to grant you a favor. Think about this in advance so that you are not flustered or defensive if talking to someone.

Finally, respect individual property owners and always ask permission of them if they can be located. This is just common sense/courtesy.

Be careful out there!
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