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Old 02-01-2007, 10:22 PM
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Default Is it illegal to have a metal detector on National Forest land?

Ive read several places that it is illegal to have a Metal detector on National Park land, is that also true for national forests?
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Old 02-01-2007, 11:47 PM
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Default Re: Is it illegal to have a metal detector on National Forest land?

A couple years back I had a site to detect on Natl Forest land here in Az. I saw 3 Forest workers in a burger joint so I asked them about it. They told me it was ok - just dont break & enter any buildings. For what it's worth, check with your area's office. Steve in so az

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Default Re: Is it illegal to have a metal detector on National Forest land?

The rules are different for each state. Check online with the Parks and Forestry sites for whichever state you are considering.

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Default Re: Is it illegal to have a metal detector on National Forest land?

I don't see how it could be. There are large areas of National Forest that you have to drive thru to get from one place to the next. I don;t think they could very well tell you that you have to circumnavigate a huge National Forest because you have a MD in your vehicle.

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Default Re: Is it illegal to have a metal detector on National Forest land?

Metal detecting on national forest land is legal with certain restrictions. It is governed at the federal level. State and local authorities have no jurisdiction in national forest lands concerning metal detecting. Here is a link to the to the Dept. of Agriculture/Forest Service web site. National Parks are a big No No. Do not take your detector through these areas.

http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/cnnf/rec/her...detectors.html

Here is a great site for legal info...

http://www.protecthehobbynow.com/

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Old 02-02-2007, 10:32 AM
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Default Re: Is it illegal to have a metal detector on National Forest land?

Speaking from the sad experience of some friends of mine, if you get permission from someone to do it, make sure it is from someone with authority to give it and GET IT IN WRITING! Otherwise you may find yourself arrested, your house searched, and anything that even LOOKS old confiscated as 'evidence'. I know whereof I speak.
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