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Metal Detecting Enthusiast

Help a brother out?

The negative aspect of metal detecting is that there just are not many places to go anymore. The public places have either been hit very hard over the years or have banned metal detecting and the private places are difficult to gain access/permission to. I am hereby asking your help. If you have some older property that has or at one time housed an older home (pre 1950s), won’t you please give me permission to metal detect your property for a day or two? I promise not dig up your yard and leave it looking like a scene from Caddyshack.Caddyshack-gopher

Unfortunately a few bad apples have spoiled this hobby for moany. The new metal detecting shows on TV – which I enjoy watching – have spawned a new generation of detectorist.  Unfortunately the shows do not teach the new folks how to properly dig a plug and leave the area in the same shape as before the dig. So the uneducated newbies out there or folks who just do not care about a few simple rules, ruin the hobby for many, as landowners do not give us permission, due to the damage done. Parks and other public places are also banning metal detecting, in part due to these no-fill diggers… and it is understandable.


Some rules we should all follow:

  • Cut nice plugs. So we do not ruin laws.
  • Fill in your holes. Yes, some folks just leave their dug holes everywhere. This behavior will get all metal detecting banned in that area.
  • Take trash you find. If you have already dug up the trash, you should dispose of it. This prevents us from digging it up again in the future, cleans up the environment and provides a small service to the land owner; 95% of things I dig up is trash.
  • Be respectful of property. Do not dig someone’s flowers/trees or damage structures.

When I leave your property, you will never know that I was there or where I dug … well, at least most of the time. I take care of your property like it was my mom’s. You would be surprised how much trash I find in yards, streams on the beach. I often call myself a “trash collector” since 95% of the finds I dig are junk.

Detectorists’ Code of Ethics

  1. I will follow all laws relating to metal detecting on federal and state lands as well as any laws pertaining to local areas I may be searching.
  2. I will respect private property and attain the owners permission before metal detecting.
  3. I will recover targets in a way that will not damage or kill vegetation and I will fill in holes completely leaving the area looking as it was.
  4. I remove all trash found and dispose it of properly.
  5. I will report discovery of any items that have significant historical value to the proper authorities.
  6. I will use common courtesy and common sense at all times.
  7. I will set a good example of how people should enjoy the lawful hobby of recreational metal detecting.


I will share with you any information I find about that property in my research, e.g., past history, previous owners, 1800’s plat maps, aerial photos, property lines, etc.

I will also share anything of value with the home owner. To date, I haven’t found anything worth over $5 in value, I am really just a trash collector. 🙁

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