I’ve learned that property owners and others will often go to bat for you and help you get permission. Sometimes they need a little push. If you find something that might be that little push, often it is worth giving it away. If they are’t excited enough to volunteer new permission, ask for it, and chances are they will hook you up!
Here are five types of finds that you might want to return or give away. Often, but not always, this results in new permission, and often that permission is a great site or sites that you otherwise wouldn’t have been able to hunt!
ITEMS RELATED TO LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS
A detectorist here in Middle Tennessee found a ring bearing the logo of a local military academy. He returned it, and received permission to hunt the entire campus!
MASONIC OR OTHER FRATERNAL ITEMS
Often the members of the local masonic lodge are a kind of who’s who in a town, and many of them are older and live in historic properties. Donating a Masonic item such as a suspender clip bearing the Masonic logo, can result in multiple incredible permissions.
Since I am primarily a relic hunter, I like to give jewelry to the property owner. Often they are so excited they will hook you up with the neighbors, friends and property of other family members.
RETURNED PERSONAL ITEMS
A property owner can be ecstatic to receive something as mundane as an old set of car keys. I once returned a WWII medal to the family and their excitement was more than enough reward, but they hooked me up with more permission to boot!
ITEMS THAT BELONG IN A MUSEUM
I like to think that anything I find that a museum would want to put on display for people to see is better off there.
It’s also cool when people see the tag under the find: “From the Rickman Collection”. That makes you feel like some kind of millionaire benefactor. People will definitely picture you in a smoking jacket, wearing a monocle.