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Proper Target Recovery and Digging Technique

We ask that all of our members repair holes and collect the unearthed trash left by less experienced detectorists.

To retrieve underground targets a neat horseshoe-shaped flap of turf is cut, flipped back and replaced in an acceptable manner.

A small drop cloth is used for all excavated dirt.

After the target is recovered, all excavated dirt is replaced and the flap of turf is replaced and set with the foot until level with the surrounding turf to leave no trace of digging activity.

All trash targets found while digging is to be carried out with you and disposed of properly.

Collecting surface trash is voluntary but really helps the area look neat. It is also a means of "giving back" by caring for the environment.

Good videos to watch (from

Proper Digging Techniques and Target Recovery (opens new tab)

Task Force USA YouTube video. Target Recovery 101 (opens new tab and starts with an ad) YouTube video uploaded by chicagoron61


Always fill holes and carry trash targets out.