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Go Non-Lead

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You wait all year for this. Big game season is just around the corner and you’ve been scouting, preparing your gear, and practicing at the range. Now you’re about to pick up a fresh box of that ammunition that has served you well in the past or perhaps something different based on cost or a friend’s recommendation. Pause a moment. Let’s think about the bullet or slug you’ll use this year. Traditional lead-based bullets and slugs fragment to varying degrees, leaving small lead particles distributed along the wound channel and some distance into the meat of your deer or bear. They may be small enough not to be visible to the naked eye. As a result, you and those you share your bounty with can be exposed to lead, a well-known toxin. In addition, scavenging animals feeding on the gut pile left behind can ingest lethal and sub-lethal doses of lead. Why chance it?

Today’s alternative ammunitions choices, typically copper bullets or slugs, are engineered to expand reliably for a quick kill and perform excellent in most rifles, shotguns, and muzzle-loading firearms. They are a bit more expensive, typically costing about $5-10 more per box than a high-quality lead-based option. When you consider all that you put into your big game season, the investment is small compared to the benefit to you, your family, and non-target wildlife.

Non-lead ammunition; it works, it reduces exposure to lead, and it is good for conservation. It’s a smart choice. Try it this year!

For more information: https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/48420.html

Non-Lead Ammunition for…

• Good Hunting

• Improved Conservation

• High-Quality Meat

• Safer Consumption