Metal Detecting Code Of Ethics
This metal detecting Code Of Ethics should be followed at all times. Be polite and informative to
those who inquire about your hobby; you are the ambassador of a pastime we want to protect
and we all will be judged by how you act and respond. Always observe the Golden Rule and
conduct yourself in a manner that enhances the public view of the hobby of metal detecting.
#1 I will respect private property and will not metal detect without the property owner’s permission.
#2 I will not destroy property, buildings or what is left of ghost towns and deserted structures. I will not
tamper with equipment or posted signs.
#3 I will not litter, I will always pack out what I take in and remove all trash found. I will only build fires in
designated or safe areas.
#4 I will leave all gates and other accesses to land as I found it.
#5 I will not damage natural resources, wildlife habitats, or any private property.
#6 I will use thoughtfulness, consideration and courtesy at all times.
#7 I will abide by all laws, ordinances or regulations that may govern my search, or the area I will be in.
#8 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.
#9 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 report to the proper authorities any individuals who remove
artifacts from federal parks or state preserves.
#10 I will be an ambassador for the metal detecting hobby.