Lead-Free Sporting Products

The National Wildlife Federation promotes the voluntary adoption of lead-free alternatives for hunters and anglers in the field to ensure clean, lead-free landscapes that support healthy wildlife populations.

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The benefits of lead-alternatives include:

• Cost-effectiveness and proven performance of steel shot
• Better penetration and bullet retention of copper bullets
• Healthier game meat
• No poisoned non-target wildlife
• Better public perception of hunters as this country’s leading conservationists

The following products and resources provide non-toxic, lead-free alternatives to help in making the switch.





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Join the growing list of Hunters and Anglers who have made the commitment to go lead-free in the field.