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Code of Ethics - from FMDAC

Treasure Hunters Code of Ethics

I WILL respect private property and do no treasure hunting without the owner's permission.  

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

I WILL NOT litter.

I WILL leave gates as found.

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

I WILL FILL ALL excavations, including at beaches and in water.

I WILL NOT tamper with signs, maintenance facilities or equipment.

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

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

I WILL protect my hobby, and act as a good will ambassador at all times.

I WILL before searching public sites, always check laws, ordinances or regulations that may govern my search.

I WILL never trespass. Always get permission.

I WILL never leave open holes.

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 mark the site and inform authorities if live ammunition or lethal objects are discovered.

I WILL be an ambassador for the metal detecting hobby.