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Lead has been used in ammunition and fishing tackle for thousands of years because it is readily available, dense, malleable, and inexpensive. Lead from ammunition and fishing tackle provides a small fraction of total environmental releases, but it exists in a form that can be readily ingested by some species of wildlife. Studies have shown that waterbirds, game birds and eagles can ingest lead left behind, especially in areas with heavy fishing or hunting pressure. Shooting ranges can have high concentrations of lead as well.
Options to lead tackle and ammunition
There are a variety of substitutes for lead fishing sinkers and jigheads including ceramics, bismuth, steel, tin, and tungsten have been deemed safe or less toxic if ingested by waterfowl and other birds and mammals.
There has been an extensive effort in the development, efficacy testing, and regulation of alternatives to lead-based ammunition for hunting waterfowl and waterbirds. Several effective nontoxic alternatives have been approved and are available in sporting goods stores. Several manufacturers have developed nontoxic ammunition that can be used safely in all gauges of modern shotguns, as well as nontoxic rifle bullets for hunting large game. Nontoxic shot may be used in all clay target sports and currently is required by some shooting facilities.
Concerns about alternatives:
What's the DNR doing?
Information in Regulations:
The fishing and hunting regulations each include information about lead hazards and recommendations for alternatives.
Information for our hunting, shooting and fishing partners:
Information at ranges, wildlife areas, and fishing areas:
We are developing displays and posting signs at shooting ranges that inform recreationists of the hazards of lead and what they can do to protect themselves and fish and wildlife.
What Can You Do?
Learn more about the hazards of lead in the environment and lead-free options. The following are links to additional background information and other web sites:
Ask for lead-free option when you buy ammunition or fishing tackle:
Several manufacturers and vendors are responding to requests for environmentally friendly alternatives.
If you use lead, follow guidelines to reduce lead in the environment: