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.

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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.

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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.

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4 I will leave all gates and other accesses to land as I found it.

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5 I will not damage natural resources, wildlife habitats, or any private property.

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6 I will use thoughtfulness, consideration and courtesy at all times.

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7 I will abide by all laws, ordinances or regulations that may govern my search, or the area I will be in.

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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.

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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.

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10 I will be an ambassador for the metal detecting hobby.