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- Obtaining permission to metal detect on one's property can be difficult. After all you are asking to dig-up their land… Our best results have been using the following guidelines. Don't ring someone's doorbell covered in dirt. Set a day aside just for "knocking and talking" wear jeans, a nice shirt and clean white tennis shoes. No sunglasses either Hollywood, take them off. Be polite even if they are rude. Have a business card with your name, phone number, and address on it. They should immediately know you're not trying to hide anything. If possible, hand them a business card first thing while introducing yourself. If you are able to approach them outside of the home, it always seems to go a bit better. Don't expect to hunt their property the same day, they might have outbuildings that aren't locked, and don't want you around them until they have had time to prepare for strangers around their home and property. Write down their name, address, and notes about the property shortly after talking with them. If they call you later with an answer, you'll want to know their name and quickly respond to who they are and what property they are referring to. Try and keep it between 10:00am and 6:00pm or you might get a verbal lashing… After the third or fourth doorbell of the day you'll get your grove.