Metal Detecting Code of Ethics
By Gainesville Coins
Published December 03, 2014
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- I will respect private property and will not metal detect without the property owner's permission. Where possible, such permission will be in writing.
- I will not destroy property, buildings, signs, wildlife habitats, or what is left of ghost towns and deserted structures.
- I will never do anything that might contaminate wells, creeks or other water supplies.
- I will never litter, will always pack out what I take in, and remove all trash found.
- I will leave all gates and other accesses to land as found (open or closed.)
- I will never damage crops, or intentionally spook or disturb wild or domestic animals.
- 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, including plowed fields, sand pits, beaches, or in the water.
- 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 the discovery of any live ammunition, or other potentially lethal or toxic objects to the proper authorities, after noting and marking their location. I will leave the disposal of such objects to professionals.
- I will be polite and informative to those who inquire about our hobby. All metal detectorists are judged by my actions.
- If necessary, I will clean up after neglectful detectorists by filling holes and removing trash, in order to protect our hobby.
- I will report criminal activities such as disturbance or looting of battlefields, graves, or archaeological sites, as it is my duty as a citizen, and to preserve the rights and privileges of detectorists everywhere.
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