Code of Ethics

Metal Detecting Code of Ethics.
#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.
#3    I will not litter, always pack out what I take in and remove all trash found.
#4    I will leave all gates and other accesses to land as found.
#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.
#10    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.

Do Not Trespass
With so many areas shutdown to metal detecting it is tempting for some to trespass and metal detect without permission. Perhaps no other act gives a worse reputation to those that use metal detectors. Thankfully most folks follow the rules and don’t trespass and I strongly encourage everyone to follow suit. Asking permission to hunt on private land is top priority to metal detecting and must not be ignored.
You would be surprised at the number of private property or home owners that give permission. The most difficult part is knocking on the door and asking but once you do and you get permission, there is no better feeling than the freedom to hunt openly especially on virgin territory.

In the Public eye
We should always be on our best behavior, respecting others, and by teaching our children and other detectorists how to act appropriately when participating in the hobby of metal detecting.

Re-fill your holes
Always fill in holes after retrieving your target, whether it be in a private yard, a public park, in the woods or on the beach, you should always fill in your holes. Exposed holes can cause injury and are unsightly. It’ only takes a few moments to clean up after you’ve removed your find.


  1. Often when I am detecting I encounter children who are VERY interested in my activity. Usually they ask many questions and generally get in the way. I am always polite and answer thier questions with brief replies. I have been asked many times if they "can try" or "can I help?". My best answer is No, but I appreciate the offer. Peristent children may also get the standard comment, "Watching is helping."
    Occasionally allowing a child to give a sweep over a target I have already retrieved or to use the pinpointer has always brought a smile from their parent.
    Duke Dillon

    1. Great comment, I agree with everything you said.