Protecting Our Hobby

As members of the metal detecting community, it is our responsibility to conduct ourselves in a manner that both exhibits and earns respect. We should always comply with our local laws, regulations and restrictions. It is also imperative that ALL hobbyists follow the Treasure Hunting Code of Ethics every time they go detecting! Here are the guidelines you should follow as well as some other ways you can positively impact our great sport.


I WILL: leave gates as found.

I WILL NOT: contaminate wells, creeks, or other water supplies.

I WILL: use care and when digging and fill all excavations that I make.

I WILL NOT: tamper with signs, structural facilities or equipment.

I WILL: use thoughtfulness, consideration and courtesy at all times.

I WILL: protect my hobby, and always act as a goodwill ambassador.

I WILL: respect private property and will not treasure hunt without the owner’s permission.

I WILL: appreciate and protect our heritage of natural resources, wildlife, and private property.

I WILL NOT: litter and will pick up any trash that I dig up or find on the ground.

I WILL NOT: destroy private property, buildings, or what is left of ghost towns and deserted structures.

Always remember that we are representing our community! We all will be judged on how each of us individually acts and responds. Make sure that you are always carrying yourself in a way that will reflect a positive image for everyone in the hobby. Following these simple and common sense guidelines will help ensure that our great pastime will remain for generations to come.


If you are interested in another way you can help to protect our beloved hobby, consider joining The Task Force for Metal Detecting Rights Foundation (TFMDRF) – It’s free! This foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating public awareness by promoting and defending the lawful hobby of recreational metal detecting on public-use lands and waterways.

Even as our hobby has grown in recent years, many public areas are still being restricted by local lawmakers. Most of
these people don’t really understand our hobby or the benefits it brings to our communities. It’s TFMDRF’s mission to bring together the metal-detector community in order to bridge the gap between us and our public servants. They believe that through education, communication and unity, we can enlighten lawmakers and spark the interest and respect of our communities.

It’s easy to participate! All you do is contact public servants via email and let them know how you feel about the unnecessary restrictions on our hobby. Visit and they will even tell you who needs to be informed and supply the email addresses. Join the movement today!

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