Hunters and anglers have been the primary funders of wildlife conservation since the beginning of the conservation movement, through license fees and excise taxes on equipment like ammunition.
What we’ve learned in the past few decades, though, is that lead ammunition and tackle can poison non-target species like bald eagles scavenging gut piles and common loons ingesting lost lead sinkers. Additionally, lead fragments can be found in game meat that hunters bring home to their families.
By choosing to adopt lead-free alternatives, hunters and anglers can ensure cleaner wild game and fewer impacts on nongame wildlife. Today’s non-toxic ammunition and tackle are high performance alternatives to lead that are reliable, accurate, and affordable. A growing number of sportsmen and women are already switching to non-lead alternatives in the field. The National Wildlife Federation is working with hunters and anglers across the country to get the word out about these safe and effective alternatives to lead shot, bullets, and tackle.
Nonlead Options for Fall Hunting and Fishing
Switching to nonlead ammunition and fishing tackle in the field ensures cleaner meat and reduces the impact on non-target wildlife
Letting Go of Lead
Hunters and anglers are switching to nonleaded ammunition and fishing tackle while in the field, a move that benefits wildlife, the environment, and human health — and improves the perception of hunting and fishing by the general public.
Lead Stopper: The Switch to Copper
Increasingly, sportsmen—and women, such as the Federation’s Naomi Alhadeff—are adopting safer alternatives to protect wildlife and habitat in the field where they hunt and fish.
Listen to the NWF Outdoors podcast episode with the North American Non-Lead Partnership
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.