I was a member of a Facebook group page up until a few weeks ago. This particular group page was a manufacture specific group. When Garrett announced the release of the AT Max I started seeing some posts in this particular group, people making fun of the AT Max. If you have ever met me you know I love to joke, laugh and have a good time but the laughs, in this case, I didn’t find funny at all.
I believe there is a time and place for jokes and laughs but when you’re part of a group that is metal detector brand specific and you’re trashing another brand of metal detector.. shame on you!
This hobby has some great and amazing people in it but just like anything, there are those who just don’t get it. I was in a metal detecting group just last week where someone posted a very crude and inappropriate joke that absolutely didn’t belong in a metal detecting group! It really caused some controversy and I almost responded to the post and the guy who was trying to justify his actions but after I typed it up, I deleted it. You cannot reason with some people and by his response to others responses there was no way to convince him of how inappropriate his post was. Some people like drama and problems and I’m learning with age, it’s just better to stay away!
Over the years I’ve seen and heard it all. Trespassing, bad digging techniques, hunting parks that are off limits, stealing others spots and all around jerk butt behavior. If you’re out metal detecting and you run across this behavior it’s up to you on what you do. Whether you choose to confront the bad behavior or ignore it is up to you but I would suggest distancing yourself as far as you can from this behavior. People like this are in it for their own self gain and they do not care the cost.
Etiquette – a code of behavior that delineates expectations for social behavior according to contemporary conventional norms within a society, social class, or group.
- No trespassing! If you don’t have permission stay out! You also need permission for schools, parks and any public property.
- Be respectful of landowners/homeowners. You don’t drive in a farmer’s field, hunt areas they don’t want you in and you take all the trash. If you are in a field and come across things that can damage a tractor, take it out with you.
- FILL IN YOUR HOLES and don’t just fill them in, if you’re in a yard, when you’re done with the hole the homeowner should not be able to find it. This also applies for beaches, farm fields and woods.
- If a fellow detectorist shares information with you it is not OK to share that information with someone else without their permission! If you tell me about a spot you’re trying to get permission for and a few days later you go there to get permission and find me metal detecting there you’re not going to like it right?
- Treat other detectorists with respect. Everyone’s budget is different, don’t judge someone for the metal detector or equipment they use. You don’t know their situation. When I lived in Ohio I detected with a guy whose metal detector was less than 100 dollars and he would probably kick your ass in a field site.
- If you can teach a newbie, take the time and do it! It will not only help them it will ensure they aren’t digging bad holes and doing things that give detectorists a bad name
- Don’t hunt places other people took you to. THIS INCLUDES PUBLIC PLACES! Did that last sentence confuse you? OK, let’s say you invite someone to hunt a park with you that you keep pulling old coins and relics out of regularly, they live a half an hour away and have never heard of this park. They come hunt with you one day then the next weekend you drive by and they are hunting it, WITH TWO OTHER PEOPLE! Does it make more sense now?
If you want to have fun metal detecting and hunt with others it’s important to be considerate. If someone takes the time to share their knowledge and experience with you it’s important to respect a simple code of ethics.