Metal Detecting Code of Ethics

Like all things in life, ethics should dictate our behavior as metal detector hobbyists.  This is “universally accepted” ethics list observed by most in this hobby.

  • I WILL respect private property and WILL NOT trespass without the land owners permission.
  • I WILL NOT destroy property, buildings or what is left of ghost towns and deserted structures.
  • I WILL NOT litter, always pack out what I take in and remove all trash dug in my search.
  • I WILL leave all gates and other accesses to land as found.
  • I WILL appreciate and protect our heritage of natural resources, wildlife, and private property.
  • I WILL use thoughtfulness, consideration and courtesy at all times.
  • I WILL abide by all laws, ordinances or regulations that may govern my search, or the area I will be in.
  • I WILL fill all holes, regardless how remote the location, and never dig in a way that will damage, be damaging to, or kill any vegetation.
  • I WILL report the discovery of items of significant historical value to a local historian or museum in accordance with the latest legislation.
  • I WILL Be an ambassador for the metal detecting hobby. Be polite and informative to those who inquire about your hobby – you are the ambassador of a pastime we want to protect and we will be judged by how you act & respond.
  • March 2, 2009

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