What Would You Do? Scenario #1

What Would You Do? Scenario #1

This is the first scenario in the “What Would You Do?” series.  

I’ve had so many bizarre experiences over the last 32 years of detecting nothing would surprise me.    Each of the scenarios presented in this series has actually happened – some to me, and others to people I know.  In some instances, the right decision was made, and in other situations, the person this happened to wish they could have a mulligan and try again.  Should something like these events happen to you, we hope reading and thinking about these may help you get it right and avoid making a snap decision in the heat of the moment that you end up regretting.

Read the following scenario and think about what you might do if you found yourself in this situation.  Please sound off in the comments section below, or reply to this article’s Twitter or FB post with your thoughts.

“You have arranged with a homeowner to hunt his property with the understanding that you will evenly split the value of anything you find.  About an hour into the hunt, you dig a civil war belt plate that you know may be valued somewhere between $2,000 and $20,000.  No one sees you dig the plate.  What do you do?”

Final Thoughts
Often the “correct answer” seems obvious, but might not be what you actually might do in said situation.   Think about it.  Be honest with yourself, and be prepared for anything out there.  Good luck on your next hunt!



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There are 8 comments for this article
  1. Rob at 12:15 pm

    I personally would sell the item and then split with the farmer. At the end of the day it comes down to personal morals and ethics. If I was allowed to detect somewhere after making an agreement with the land owner then I would honor our agreement. Recently a friend and I received exclusive permission from the historical society stating that we can hunt all of the historical sites in that town. Our agreement is that every find will be donated to their museum.

    I will honor that agreement because I appreciate the opportunity to hunt those spots, and feel like those relics belong in their local museum. Just getting to dig the items up and record the experience is enough for me personally. When I lay my head down at night, I have to be able to live with who I am. I can do that, and that means more to me than any detecting find. I look at it like this, If you don’t plan on sticking to the agreement, don’t even bother making the agreement. For me, It’s that simple!

  2. Guy Fuller at 8:25 am

    The property owner would know. That’s how I roll. Been there done that with lost rings. Ring owner lost ring and we hunted for four days. I found it when nobody was around and it was a honker with 8 huge diamonds.

  3. Chris at 7:52 pm

    What civil war belt plate???????
    Just kidding. To me, life is all about respect earned and respect given. I’d simply pass it over to the land owner, and thank him for the opportunity to detect his property. Not in it for the money, but a pic with the two of us and the belt plate would be priceless.

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