Steel Shot: Our Only Alternative

Lead poisoning of waterfowl is a serious problem causing a loss nationwide of about 2 million ducks and geese each year. Using non-toxic shot on key problem areas may be as significant to the well-being of our waterfowl resource as preserving nesting areas, a project which has long been an important objective of waterfowlers. Yet many hunters fail to see the extent of the lead poisoning problem or object to the use of steel shot for various reasons. With this in mind, the Southeastern Directors I&E Committee with 16 directors concurring at the annual meeting have voted to distribute a 15:50-min, 80-slide presentation produced by the Southeastern Cooperative Information and Education Committee. This project explains the seriousness of the lead poisoning problem and addresses 3 major complaints hunters voice regarding the use of steel shot: price, barrel damage, and fear of increased loss. The presentation points out that these complaints are common misconceptions and that steel is a necessaIY and viable alternative to lead. "Steel Shot: Our Only Alternative" is designed to answer the hunter's questions on lead poisoning and steel shot. It is available at cost, $40 to southeastern fish and game agencies, $50 to other groups. One complimentary copy will be supplied to each member state by Southeastern. This project is significant in that it represents a cooperative effort among the 16 southeastern states. Such an effort is more cost effective and can have greater impact than individual efforts.

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