A couple "first's"

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Went out on a quick hunt yesterday and got my FIRST MERC EVER!!  Very excited about that!Today I thought maybe I could repeat my good luck so went to the same spot.  Only this time it wasn't a merc I found, but 15 mins into my hunt a police officer came up and told me there was a complaint and asked me (very politely and courteously) to stop digging.  He also recommended I go to the local parks and recreations department and see about getting written permission to dig, so that's what I am doing tomorrow.  Police involvement also a first, funny since I have hunted that specific park dozens of times, and the police usually nod, wave, and keep on going.  Gonna do it "right" and seek permission to hunt there, if I don't get it my days of md'ing are numbered.

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Thanks again Cliff

Cliff, I appreciate the info I am going to give that a shot this weekend and hopefully get my pinpointing skills zeroed in.  I picked up the Garrett Pro-Pointer yesterday for $149.  That wasn't a bad price for the pointer but definately put a dent in the wallet!  I'm glad you think so highly of the MXT.  I did a little research and found the MXT popping up again and again as people's choice for detecting.  I was very fortunate to have found it and even more fortunate to get such a smoking deal on it!  I hope it serves me well for many years to come.  Thanks again Cliff.  I am always looking for direction from experienced folks like yourself!  Happy hunting!  ljb

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Hey Cliff,  I know your

Hey Cliff,  I know your response was directed at Ibertoldie, but I think it is a fantastic idea and am going to try doing this myself.  My coil doesn't have an "X" on it, so pinpointing with just the coil can be kind of tough.  I have a hunting buddy that found a coin and told me after he had recovered it that I had missed it by less than an inch.  This is a great idea and I Thank you for the knowledge (even though it was for Ib, lol)Mike

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Good info Cliff!

When I purchased my MXT, that was the first thing that caught my eye and I have been doing it ever since.  The one thing I am worried about though is am I missing the target when I start digging?  I have found several targets that were less than two inches and I still couldn't find them!  I thought that they would be sitting on the surface but I couldn't find them.  Am I missing my mark or what?  Thanks for the good info Cliff.  Happy hunting!  ljb

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Been looking over my shoulder every time I dig!

Dave,I have been looking over my shoulder for two weeks now, everytime I dig.  I just bought a White's MXT and can't even unleash the power of depth that thing has because I am afaid of the police walking up to me and handing me a citation.  Enough is enough and I took your advice.  I contacted both cities that I do most of my detecting in and asked for written permission.  Thanks for the advice!  I will enjoy my detecting a whole lot more without looking over my shoulder every five minutes!ljb

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City Parks

This is a copy of a form letter that I created to ask written permission to search city parks.  Although in most cities it is not necessary, but it is a good idea to cover yourself and it also creates a good replationship with the Parks Department in your city parks.  When I previewed this post, all of the line spacing went "far, far away", but I believe you will be able to get the general idea. Dear Sir,I would like to inquire as to the existence of any City of XXXXXXX Ordinances and/or any City policies in general, in regard to the use of a metal detector on City property, specifically City Parks. It goes without saying that leaving uncovered small holes or other destruction of city property is totallyunacceptable and I also understand that the City is in no way responsible for any accidents or injuryincurred on City property.  I have used a metal detector for over 30 years and I have never received a complaint regarding anydamage to property or not restoring the property to the condition in which I found it when Ileave.  Having worked in municipal government for over twenty five years, I am well aware of the thingsthat some people do to City property.  I am not one of those people.  If there are no ordinances or policies that prohibit the use of a metal detector on City property, I wouldlike to go one step beyond the written law and respectfully ask permission from your department touse my detector on City property. Thank you for your time and assistance, Dave Burkett

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your "2 cents" is

your "2 cents" is appreciated, lol.  I may try that the next time I go out. 

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Lol, nah it was just a nosey

Lol, nah it was just a nosey woman who had nothing better to do than harrass me, I had been yelled at by her on one other occasion and this time she actually told me she was calling on me.  According to the police AND the parks district guy, noone had ever, I repeat, e v e r called the cops on an md'er before that.

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Talked to "The Guy"

So as you may have read, I had a little trouble with a woman calling the police on me.  I recently went over and met with the Executive Director of the Community Parks District.  We spoke for a few minutes about his and my concerns with this hobby.  His concerns were about digging big holes and not filling them in properly which turn into dead spots. My concerns were for the future of the hobby in this area. We then went outside and he showed me to a patch of grass and I demonstrated the way I would retrieve something not on the surface. I told him I do actually carry a small screw driver and a paring knife that I probe with before doing any plug digging.  When that doesnt work....." and proceeded to dig a plug (with his approval) and showed him the process of retrieving the object, explained that nothing found goes back into the ground, and showed him the plug replacement (which luckily looked BEAUTIFUL) and he told me that "if this is the extent of what your doing out there, I don't see any real problem with it" I thanked him profusely for the opportunity to demonstrate what I (and so many others) do, along with giving him a handwritten 16 point list of the metal detecting "code of ethics" and he was kind enough to tell me that if I had a run-in with the law regarding this, I am more than welcome to have them call him.  I prefer no run-ins with the law.  So it was a minor victory, and I am going to be even MORE careful about my plugs in the future, and also have to watch out for any other md'ers who don't have the standards I have when it comes to refilling the plugs.

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public parks

Sounds like some one else with a detector   cant stand to see you finding goodies perhaps?

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Digging

Hope you have good luck with The Parks and Recreation Department, since its a Public Park and hope they know you take out your trash and cover your holes.