Code Of Ethics


  • Never trespass. Always get permission to traverse private or restricted lands.


  • Always respect private property and do no metal detecting without the owner’s permission.


  • Before searching public sites, always check laws, ordinances or regulations that may govern your hunt.


  • Always leave gates as they are found whether open or closed.


  • Never do anything that might contaminate wells, creeks or other water supplies.


  • Never tamper with signs, maintenance facilities or equipment.


  • Never damage or destroy property, buildings or what is left of ghost towns or deserted structures.


  • Never spook, taunt, provoke or otherwise disturb wild or domestic animals


  • Never leave litter. Pack out any and all trash or debris you create or find.


  • If necessary, clean up after a previous detectorist. Acting in spite of him or even just ignoring his transgressions will only hurt us all in the end.


  • Always use the correct digging or probing equipment to make the least intrusion or marks.


  • Never throw trash finds back in the hole.


  • Leave as little sign of your passing as possible.


  • Always fill in your holes, including plowed fields, sand pits, beaches and in water.


  • Study, learn, appreciate and protect our heritage of natural resources, wildlife, and private property.


  • Be thoughtful, considerate, courteous and respectful of others at all times.


  • Protect the metal detecting hobby by being a good will ambassador at all times.


  • Report the discovery of any items of possible significant historical value to a local historian or museum in accordance with the latest legislation of your area.


  • Report any live ammunition or other potentially lethal or toxic objects you may find to authorities after carefully noting or marking the location.


  • Don’t detect cemeteries.


  • If you are invited to go somewhere, Don’t start detecting till the person that invited you gets there so you can hunt together.


  • Don’t sneak behind our friends backs and clean out their spots.


  • If you are asked to leave a place, simply apologize and leave. You can always discuss it again later with the person that gave you permission.


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