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slewis5711

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I've been reading through the posts and see that lots of people are hunting around the St. Paul area. This is a pretty big drive for me. I've got the permit for Ramsey county, but would really appreciate any tips for where to hunt this side of the river! Everytime I email someone from Park's & Rec they tell me MD isn't allowed.
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Stephanie,

I know the feeling because I usually am ask permission instead of forgiveness type of person but you can't really be that way if you want to get out there and dig. I contacted local parks and rec until I realized that in all reality metal detecting is legal in public places unless specified by law or public ordnance. 

If you want to play it safe do private permissions or go to Ramsey County Parks with a permit.  I have had some cool finds at Ramsey County Parks but none of the parks are particularly old that I am aware of and my finds reflect that.

As long as your not in a Three Rivers Park District park where there is an ordnance specifying metal detecting as a misdemeanor you are probably okay.  (Unfortunately, many of the parks on the west side of the river are Three Rivers Parks!)

If you call / e-mail a parks directors they will always tell you no because it is the easy answer for them. For Example: I emailed Roseville Parks and Rec and they responded that nothing prevents me from metal detecting legally but I am not allowed to dig in the park. But define dig they did not?

It's really a weird thing to think about because there are also artifact preservation laws that prevent metal detecting as well which seems ironic to me.

So if you plan to go to a park visit the corresponding parks and rec website and look for the parks ordnance / park rules. If there is nothing that says metal detecting / digging are prohibited then go dig!!!  But always be as respectful to the land as possible. If you are asked to leave then go somewhere else! Just pay it safe and ask for forgiveness instead of permission if you have done a little research.

Good Luck!  If others can elaborate on this that would be excellent as this seems to be a common thread of discussion and there should probably be a sticky post on this.

If you disagree with me, please share your thoughts since I have thought about this topic a bit.



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Ramsey County Permits are free for the asking, get one. The oldest parks are Como, Cherokee, Phalen and Indian Mounds. These all go back to the late 1800s but have seen a lot of metal detectors in the last 30 years. Downtown parks are old but have been renovated many times.
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Como falls under St Pauls parks and rec and they have defined park rules that are not very clear. So you can detect but not dig? It seems like they have a strange definition of dig.
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