[Tweeters] Re Lead Shot

Deb Hagerty 42psalm01 at foxinternet.com
Sun Dec 25 04:59:21 PST 2005

 Thank you Penny

This lines up with what I have been told for years. Hunters are cooperative
in conservation efforts, it is after all in their best interest. And that
there is enough lead in the waters from years of ignorance (and probably
poor marksmanship) from before the ban to cause problems for years to come.
I did not even think that one could still purchase lead shot.

Deb of Ray & Deb Fame

Robe Valley in Washington

42psalm01 at foxinternet.com



-------Original Message-------


From: Penny Koyama

Date: 12/24/05 14:06:15

To: Jeff Kozma; Tweeters

Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Re Lead Shot


Jeff and Tweeters,


When Martha Jordan lectured to the SAS Master Birder class in Feb 2004, she

indicated that the necropsies they perform on the Skagit area swans reveal

that the swan die-off is primarily the result of old lead, not the newer

ammo.  They can tell this by the way the shot has been worn down over time.

She said that hunters are highly compliant with the regulations banning lead

shot, except on the NA reservations, where lead can still be used.  So far,

they haven't been able to locate the source of the lead.  Somewhere there

must be a big field full of this stuff...


Penny Koyama, Bothell

plkoyama at verizon.net



----- Original Message -----

From: "Jeff Kozma" <jkozma at charter.net>

To: "Tweeters" <Tweeters at u.washington.edu>

Sent: Saturday, December 24, 2005 8:23 AM

Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Re Lead Shot



> Yes, lead shot is still used for some types of hunting, but it is banned

> for

> using on any type of waterfowl (in the U.S.) or anything that is hunted

> over

> open water (sandhill cranes, rails, snipe, etc).  Lead shot can still be

> used to hunt upland birds such as quail, pheasant, chukar, turkey, etc.

> Even though lead shot is banned for use on waterfowl, I am sure that some

> hunters still use it illegally due to their belief that it is more

> efficient

> at killing birds than steel (and in most cases, it is).  Lead is heavier

> and

> denser and thus retains its energy at a greater distance than steel.

> Greater energy means greater killing efficiently.  Manufacturers are

> making

> great strides in improving non-toxic shot, such as steel.  They have

> bumped

> up the velocity on steel (Fast Steel) to improve its lethality and also

> have

> developed such things as Heavy Shot (a mix of tungsten, nickel and iron)

> that is reported to be better than lead.  These new shot formulations are

> more expensive than traditional steel, but they are more efficient at

> bringing down large birds, like geese, resulting in less cripples than

> traditional steel shot.


> Jeff Kozma

> Yakima



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