Metal Detecting Code of Ethics

Be a good ambassador for other detectorists by following this code of ethics for respecting nature, history, and property owners.

I will respect private property and will not metal detect without the property owner’s permission.
I will not destroy property, buildings, or what is left of ghost towns and deserted structures.
I will never litter, always pack out what I take in, and remove all trash found.
I will leave all gates and other accesses to land as found.
I will not damage natural resources, wildlife habitats, or any 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 of 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 preserve, and other detectorists will be judged by how you act and respond.