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Seeded Hunts

The club furnishes all the coins for the hunts and is repaid by the entry fees. For those members who are unsure as to how to conduct a hunt, contact the club's "Hunt Advisor / Coordinator" to help with the logistics of putting on a hunt, help with how to put together your flyer, your budget, how many coins are needed, etc.

Hints on Running a seeded hunt -- by Dave Clark, Somewhere in Time
We as a club seek out sites for our seeded hunts where we have rest room facilities and a pavillion of some kind in case of inclement weather. The coins are mostly silver bought in bulk at various coin shows. It is usually planted only an inch or so deep so recovery is quicker. We also may have brass tokens planted that are numbered and matched to prizes donated by club members. The planting usually is done early on the day of the hunt so it won't get picked by others. We usually have two areas marked out for two separate hunts with a potluck lunch in between. It makes for a great day!

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Search and Salvage Agreement

This Search and Salvage Agreement is only one example. Remember, you cannot sign a binding and enforceable contract with anyone who does not have the legal capacity to enter into such an agreement. Make sure you are signing any contract with the person/s who is/are the land owner or who has a Power of Attorney to enter into such an agreement.

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Asking Permission

Always ask official permission to gain access to a property owner's property. Listed below are some examples, including carrying your own 'Detectorist' card, and what to say. Of course, the responsible thing to do is to GET PERMISSION! Eureka! Treasure Hunters Club, Inc. provides business cards to its members that they can bring along and distribute to property owner's to show that they belong to a responsible club and includes the code of ethics on it that all of our club members should be following.

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Permission Letter

Permission Letter -- by Tony van Roon,Royal City Metal Detecting Club
I have used a Permission Letter many times to successfully attain access to detect property for coins. I make no mention of "sharing" my finds, and don't do so unless the circumstances are unusual. Let your conscience be your guide. Edit the sample letter to fit your style and remember, always be neat, courteous, and thankful. It has worked well for me! Be sure to follow up with a phone call if you do not get a response in a week. Sometimes, the letter acts as an "ice breaker" to refer to when you call. When I call, I say I am the one who wrote the letter and would like to answer any questions or concerns they might have. I try to emphasize my respect for their time and their property. You also may want to have the person sign a Search and Salvage Agreement. Be respectful and courteous and you WILL be successful. Best of luck!

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What to say

Trespassing fines and a bad name don't suite any responsible treasure hunter. In addition to the fine and bad name, you risk confiscation of your metal detector, your finds, and even your vehicle. So the responsible thing to do is GET PERMISSION!

It would be a good thing to try to find out the name of the property owner first as it makes you look more 'prepared'. Think about what you're going to ask the landowner. Here are a couple of examples:

"Hello, Mr. <Landowner's Name>. My name is <Name> and I was wondering if you would give me permission to metal detect on your property."

"Hello Mrs. <Landowner's Name>, my name is <Name> and I've been looking at your property every day driving back-and-forth to work and was wondering if you would give me permission to metal detect on your property. I don't leave holes in your lawn and I don't damage any other property. I also take full responsibility for my being on your property. In return for permission I will also remove any trash I find or dig up."

After this initial introduction, answer any questions or concerns the property owner may have and, most important, do not lie! Lies will catch up sooner or later but most likely sooner.

If the property owner asks to share the finds, you of course agree, but also suggest that you might find any lost jewelry for them. In short, you want to make new friends and that way secure possible future hunts on their property or their friends' properties referred to you by your new friends. They might become interested enough to join you for a treasure hunt. That could lead to another family joining the club. Possibilities are infinite!

If the property owner says yes, you should do try to search immediately, if possible. Property owners sometimes change their minds.

If the property owners say no, thank them for their time, hand them your detectorist card, and suggest that if they need help locating a septic cover, pipes, property markers, lost tools, lost jewelry, or anything else, to give you a call. NEVER start arguing as to why they wouldn't allow you to detect.

At other times, property owners my follow you around to check for themselves what and how you're doing. That's fine. As a matter of fact, the property owner's curiosity may make a new detectorist friend! If you have an extra detector, bring it along just for moments like this and let the property owner check it out. After you gain the landowners' trust, they may give you the names and addresses of their friends or neighbors for you to do some detecting.

A couple more suggestions: First impressions are very important, so make sure you are clean, wear clean clothes, and NO SUNGLASSES! Direct eye contact is the best method to gain the property owner's attention. If your appearance is that of a 'Most Wanted' person or someone working the yard all day, they may keep the door shut, or tell you to leave immediately, or that you're tresspassing, or whatever. Happy Hunting!

by Tony van Roon, Royal City Metal Detecting Club

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Seeded Hunts
Search and Salvage Agreement
Asking Permission
Permission Letter
What to Say
 
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Search and Salvage Agreement
Permission Letter