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Old 02-07-2020, 10:49 AM
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Question I just don't get it?

I have taken a hiatus from detecting, due to schooling and all. I am just deciding to return and one thing baffles me: How do detectorists' like AquaChigger, Square Nail Squirrel, etc get so many permissions? Of course I am sure some of it relates to their YouTube popularity, but the other half is what? Do they just knock on every door without any concern or worry?

Yet here I am, wanting to go out but as soon as I approach a door, the owner acts like I just asked them to strip for me! Am I just knocking on the wrong doors?
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Old 02-07-2020, 05:50 PM
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I live up in the northern VA area, and I can't say for 100% sure, but most of AquaChigger's videos that I have seen are on major rivers up here that are not privately owned. He's using his Mokai to get into a lot of Civil War rich areas by water, he mentions his research in some of the videos.
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Old 02-07-2020, 06:13 PM
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Jack, as emu-detector says, there's tons of places on public land, that don't need permission. But to answer your question, one thing that I've found, that immensely helps me with permission "in's", is to become involved with your local museum and historical societies. Volunteer to be a docent. Perhaps that might involve 6 hrs. per month where you man a desk, for example.

Then with these credentials, and you're name-badge to flash, this helps break the ice with people. You introduce yourself as a "museum worker at such & such museum". And you're "doing research on the stage stop that was said to be back in the such & such canyon here". blah blah
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Jack, as emu-detector says, there's tons of places on public land, that don't need permission. But to answer your question, one thing that I've found, that immensely helps me with permission "in's", is to become involved with your local museum and historical societies. Volunteer to be a docent. Perhaps that might involve 6 hrs. per month where you man a desk, for example.

Then with these credentials, and you're name-badge to flash, this helps break the ice with people. You introduce yourself as a "museum worker at such & such museum". And you're "doing research on the stage stop that was said to be back in the such & such canyon here". blah blah
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Another thing I do, even when I'm public land, is stress that I am not a cash seeking relic hunter when someone comes by me. Always talk about history and preserving it etc, seems to win people over.
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....Always talk about history and preserving it etc, seems to win people over.
Yes, I consider md'ing to be the BEST way to "preserve history". Don't you ?
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Originally Posted by JackDetect97 View post
I have taken a hiatus from detecting, due to schooling and all. I am just deciding to return and one thing baffles me: How do detectorists' like AquaChigger, Square Nail Squirrel, etc get so many permissions? Of course I am sure some of it relates to their YouTube popularity, but the other half is what? Do they just knock on every door without any concern or worry?

Yet here I am, wanting to go out but as soon as I approach a door, the owner acts like I just asked them to strip for me! Am I just knocking on the wrong doors?
Some good advice so far, especially about stressing the history aspect...

I hate to say this, but what impression do you give when you turn up on somebodies door step?

I never go in my digging clothes or carrying my detector as I think it's a bit presumptuous...I always dress tidy and try not to look threatening...once I have knocked, I stand away from the door to let folks have a look at me and not crowd their space...be polite and cordial, even if they say no as they may change their minds or be helpful in other ways..
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Originally Posted by Pete e View post
Some good advice so far, especially about stressing the history aspect...

I hate to say this, but what impression do you give when you turn up on somebodies door step?

I never go in my digging clothes or carrying my detector as I think it's a bit presumptuous...I always dress tidy and try not to look threatening...once I have knocked, I stand away from the door to let folks have a look at me and not crowd their space...be polite and cordial, even if they say no as they may change their minds or be helpful in other ways..

I do everything stated above, for its common sense to not look shady and carrying your equipment to the door. I have business cards in my wallet, and I dress tidy and casual. However, my issue is the introduction, for my anxiety kicks in and then I kinda either ramble or stumble my words like a moron. High five for social interaction, and Im an opera singer that performs on stage all the time. Go figure!
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Originally Posted by JackDetect97 View post
I do everything stated above, for its common sense to not look shady and carrying your equipment to the door. I have business cards in my wallet, and I dress tidy and casual. However, my issue is the introduction, for my anxiety kicks in and then I kinda either ramble or stumble my words like a moron. High five for social interaction, and Im an opera singer that performs on stage all the time. Go figure!

Practice exactly what you are going to say in front of mirror. Do it every single day. It will become habit, which will allow you to more smoothly get through it without rushing, or stumbling over words. Repetition, repetition, repetition. Before you know it there's no need to practice or get anxious, because it comes out smoothly every time!

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