This should really go without saying: Trespassing is illegal.If you don’t get permission, you are breaking the law.Note that state and federal lands are usually off limits, as well as national monuments.

It should make you feel like a kid again— like you are on that clichéd quest for buried pirate treasure.

The detecting experience should be shared by friends, talked about, and laughed about.

In doing so, respecting private property and obtaining permission will go a long way to keeping sites open for detectorists.

Why We Hunt for Treasure As you know, we all hunt treasure relentlessly and with great passion, and although we have assembled what some would consider awesome piles of coins and artifacts, the truth is that after a lifetime of treasure hunting, the cost of equipment, gas, food, and other expenses outweighs the true value of the objects by a landslide.

In other words, we are not in this hobby to make a living off of the objects we dig up, and they couldn’t, even if that was indeed our goal.

We got into this game because we enjoy the thrill of the hunt and the tangible history that comes with digging up, say, a well-worn 1897 Barber dime.

While worth next to nothing and easily obtainable at the coin shop for a few bucks, it is precious and incredible to us, because we can hold it in our hands, feel the smoothness of the coin, and imagine who might have lost it and why.

Sometimes it’s the small, insignificant find that can be the spark to ignite a lifetime of passion for history, collecting, and learning.

Not to mention, being outdoors with friends and family, exercise, fresh air, and being away from the TV for a while is good too.