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.

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