Hunters and anglers are sometimes called the “original” conservationists.
Starting with hunters who were profoundly disturbed by the impacts of market hunting near the turn of the 20th century, the community used their resources and influence to form the foundation of modern wildlife conservation. Today, the hunting and angling community remains committed to the conservation of all of America’s wildlife, including those species that are not hunted or fished.
The following is a list of resources from the hunting and angling community.
California Fish & Game Certified Nonlead Ammunition Information
Videos of Iowa hunters who have made the switch to non-toxic ammunition:
• Iowa Hunter Pete Eyheralde On Switching to Non-lead Ammunition
• Iowa Hunter Dean Jackson On Switching to Non-lead Ammunition
For more information on lead contamination in wildlife in Iowa, visit the page from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Ammunition information
Impacts of Lead Ammunition and Sinkers on Wildlife – Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service –
Provides information to hunters and anglers to help make an informed decision to voluntarily reduce impacts to wildlife.
How Good Are Copper Bullets, Really?
A copper bullet study from Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Wisconsin DNR encourages hunters to “Give Nontoxics a Shot”
Midwest Office of the US Fish & Wildlife Service Deer Hunting & Lead: Be part of the solution
Beringa South – Non-Lead Ammo Program
Hunting with Non-Lead – Maintaining sportsmen’s conservation heritage through use of solid copper ammo
Hunting with Non-Lead – compilation of non-lead ammunition videos
SOAR (Saving Our Avian Resources) – Hunt and Fish Lead-Free
SOAR (Saving Our Avian Resources) – Non-toxic Alternatives
The Trumpeter Swan Society – Swan Health
The Trumpeter Swan Society – What You Can Do
In the Battle Over Lead Ammunition, Science Collides With Culture, Undark
7 Reasons Why I Choose to Use Lead-Free Ammunition, Clark Armory
Lead-free ammo and hunting with raptors, Leopold Hunt Talk Radio Podcast, episode 87
Does the ban on lead shot save waterfowl?
For more information about lead, visit:
SOAR’s Lead in the Environment page
Environmental Protection Agency
Centers for Disease Control
Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
Iowa Department of Public Health Bureau of Lead Poisoning Prevention
Hear stories from across the nation exploring how climate change is impacting our sporting lives.
Sign the Petition
Join the growing list of Hunters and Anglers who have made the commitment to go lead-free in the field.