Metal Detecting Code of Ethics

As with any organization that involves itself in a hobby that deals or interacts with so many different people in so many ways, it is important the we, the detectorists, abide by a set of rules that will help insure that we can participate in the metal detcting hobby for a long time. The Code of Ethics below is the rules that have been determined are the core values of what each detectorist should and will subscribe to. They have been written and rewritten over the years. These rules help us to be good stewards of the hobby, the history, the land and the people. This Code of Ethics helps when we talk to people or government agencies, that we are willing to be responsible for our actions and will hold each other to these standards.

I will always check federal, state, county and local laws before searching.  It is my responsibility to "know the law".
I will respect private property and will not enter private property without the owner's permission, where possible, such permission will be in writing.
I will take care to refill all holes and try not to leave any damage.
I will remove and dispose of any and all trash and litter that I find.
I will appreciate and protect our inheritance of natural resources, wildlife and private property.
I will, as an ambassador of the hobby, use thoughtfulness, consideration and courtesy at all times.
I will work to help bring unity to our hobby by working with any organization(s) of geographical area that may have problems that will limit our ability to peacefully pursue the hobby.
I will leave gates as found.
I will build fires in designated or safe places only
I will report to the proper authorities any individuals who enter and or remove artifacts from federal parks or state preserves.

(As written by the The Federation of Metal Detector & Archeological Clubs, Inc.