U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Approves Four Nontoxic Shot Types
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently approved four new nontoxic shot types for waterfowl and coot hunting in the United States.
"The Service's approval of these four shot types demonstrates our determination to make it easier for waterfowl hunters to comply with the restrictions on lead shot. Hunters now have a wider choice of shot types and this will continue to lessen the exposure of waterfowl to lead," said Service Director H. Dale Hall. "The Service appreciates the efforts of the companies that have developed alternatives to lead shot."
The approved shot types are:
A study in the mid-1990s suggested that the nationwide ban in the United States on the use of lead shot for waterfowl hunting has had remarkable success. Six years after the ban, researchers estimated a 64 percent reduction in lead poisoning deaths of surveyed mallard ducks and a 78 percent decline in lead pellet ingestion. The study concluded the restrictions on lead shot has prevented the deaths of thousands of waterfowl.
With the approval of these new shot types, the list of approved shot
types for waterfowl hunting now includes bismuth-tin, iron (steel),
iron-tungsten (2 types), iron-tungsten-nickel, tungsten-bronze, tungsten-iron-copper-nickel,
tungsten-matrix, tungsten-polymer, tungsten-tin-iron, tungsten-tin-bismuth,
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