Originally Posted by Scott
This simply not true in the eyes of the law (in Oregon, at least).
I've asked several police officers this question and always receive the same answer - Just because you find something does not make it yours, regardless of where you found it or the effort you had to expend to get it. In other words, "Finders Keepers" is not a valid legal argument.
Furthermore, writing your name and number on a disc provides a reasonable expectation that the property will/should be returned to you if lost. In other words, the "I found it - didn't know they wanted it back" defense has no merit.
With all the cops out there checking photo ID and cross referencing name/number with every tossed disc I'm surprised these disc "thieves" still exist!
Regardless of your very specific (and credited) knowledge of Oregon's finders keepers law, I have to mostly agree with the poster Alexplz. May I suggest that not every disc found falls into the need to return category?
I go above and beyond to get a disc back to it's rightful owner knowing that most discs are worth more then their monetary value of around $15.99. However if you leave a disc behind because the cost of retrieving it out weighs your comfort, you have forfeit ownership of that disc.
IE Playing anywhere from late fall - early spring and your disc lands 5 feet from shore in plain sight, the water is freezing cold. The disc might not be worth the cost of you feeling cold and wet for hours to retrieve it. It is to someone else; they have a new disc.
If I lose my go-to driver, I will stop at nothing to get it back.
Same goes for the Dabney cesspool of a hazard on hole 2. If there's a chance you'll end up in it, maybe throw a disc you found during winter 5 ft off the shore. If you lose a disc in there and you decide to swim around for any amount of time, chances are you'll find 10+ discs that you can happily keep! But realize that the discs came at a cost, you've just contracted a fatal blood parasite. You have approximately 4 weeks to live. My condolences.
As all things that aren't as black and white as they seem, there are still exceptions to my argument. The most responsible thing you can do with found or lost discs is post/regularly check the lost and found section on this forum. If you find a disc in water in plain site, someone may have posted that it was lost up stream and searched endlessly. Use your best judgement.
A whole bunch of snark, plus
the idea that if a disc is found in water, 999/1000 it was left without due effort to be retrieved by it's owner(please reference your nwdiscgolfnews lost and found subsection to verify). The disc now belongs to you. Return it, don't, your choice. Just know ...Oregon police are watching...