Forensic Metal Detectors for Nontoxic Shot Enforcement in Migratory Waterfowl

The enforcement of the nontoxic shot regulation for migratory waterfowl has been a continuing problem for wildlife officers due to the problem of apprehending hunters with lead shot shells in their possession. The specialized forensic metal detector allows the wildlife officer to inspect the hunter's daily bag either in the blind or at his vehicle and to determine in the birds contain lead shot pellets, steel shot pellets, no shot pellets (neutral), or a combination of lead shot pellets and steel shot pellets. The forensic metal detector has made a definite difference in the compliance rate for nontoxic shot regulations.

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