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    Filed at 7:17 pm under by dcobranchi

    This time the hunters decide to deny reality.

    “A man convinced against his will…”

    5 Responses to “THE WAR ON SCIENCE”

    Comment by
    Manning Shaw
    March 10th, 2009
    at 8:01 am

    “This time the hunters decide to deny reality”

    It was actually a hunter(s) that got this thing started…The gun groups see it as some veiled attempt to take their guns, but that’s their typical knee-jerk reaction to most anything..

    I wonder, though, just how much lead exposure the environment suffers through actual hunters? Vs. shooters? Not much from either when you really think about it… Most hunters I know, might fire their rifle or shotgun while hunting only a handful of times each season. The percentage of lead bullets actually shoot at game has to be almost immeasurable compared to the bullets shot at targets on a range. In the latter, it ends up in one place: in the dirt berms at the end of the range, easily collected and recycled.

    This whole thing is really much ado about nothing…hunters might account for something like 0.00001 percent of the “lead contamination” (just a guess!). There are much bigger boogey-men and women out there when it comes to lead in the environment…

    Comment by
    March 10th, 2009
    at 8:19 am

    I used to shoot skeet. The range went to S/S shot due to the lead contamination issue.

    Comment by
    March 10th, 2009
    at 9:30 am

    I just finished the CO hunter education course. You’ll be happy to know they specifically brought up this issue as part of ethical hunting. A shotgun blast will drop a whole bunch of pellets into the ground, and a lot of game and nongame birds have gullets and will swallow these things. Better copper shot than lead.

    It’s less of an issue for handguns or rifles. I haven’t fired a lead round in maybe a decade – it’s all copper. Reloaders and folks who love the cheapest possible ammo will resist.

    Comment by
    Nance Confer
    March 11th, 2009
    at 7:48 pm

    Would it be cruel to think of survival of the fittest? Thinning the herd?

    Yep, cruel and tasteless.


    Comment by
    Manning Shaw
    March 12th, 2009
    at 7:47 am

    Rob, Your hands are clean…and I can see the argument against lead shot for use in bird or waterfowl hunting. As you know, it’s already required and has been for some time for all waterfowl.

    I happened to be at the range last Sunday. (Patterning shells for turkey hunting with my son.) Nice old guy was there spending the afternoon plinking targets. Everytime the range went cold, he policed up lead to mold his own bullets with…pretty environmentallly conscious for a shooter. This would not be feasible for copper.