Thu, 27 May 2010
There are three main ways to ask permission to hunt private property. Two of them you should never use.
In this show you'll learn the best way to get the okay to dig in private yards, with a suggested "script" to use when you are seeking permission.
(NOTE: Program #002 discusses getting permission to hunt public property.)
For more metal detecting tips, see my web page: http://treasuremanual.com
Here is the letter Dan. Though I must say that I believe I started with a sample letter from Jim Volkes\' website and customized it a bit so he deserves more credit for it than I. Here is a generic form that I personalize for the land owner in question: Date Mr. XXX, Normally I would prefer to approach you in person; however, I felt that a letter beforehand is a better emissary than just knocking on your door at what might be an inconvenient time and invading your privacy. In my research I noticed your property at (insert address here) was built around (XXXX). I have an interesting hobby that is metal detecting (looking for buried artefacts). I have engaged in this hobby for several years and find it very enjoyable and meet Many great people. The thrill of finding something lost for many years is very exciting for me. I am XX years old and have lived in Hampstead, Nh since 1997. I want you to understand that I always respect the property I search and try to leave it in the same or better condition than I found it. Artifacts are usually no more than 6 to 8 inches deep. I would like to obtain permission for myself and occasionally a friend (I do not like to detect alone all the time) to detect your property. In addition, I would like to offer my services to you. Perhaps you or someone you know has lost a valuable ring, a cache or farm tool. Perhaps you wish to locate a historical site or relic from the past. If so then I would be willing to assist you just for the thrill of the search. I have enclosed a self addressed stamped envelope for your convenience and would be happy to meet with you if further discussions are desired. Thank you for your time and consideration. Sincerely, Steve Pearsall X XXXXXXXX Rd. Hampstead, NH 03841 603-XXX-XXXX my email address
My experience is that I have had a very high success rate using letters and including my phone number. In fact after sending dozens of letters out I have only been turned or not received a response one time. As I say in the first paragraph my letter, \"Normally I would prefer to approach you in person; however, I felt that a letter beforehand is a better emissary than just knocking on your door at what might be an inconvenient time and invading your privacy.\" I always include my address, telephone number, and a SASE and always have heard back even when it was the one no I received.