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Sunday, February 13, 2011

New Non-Toxic Shot Regulations Taking Affect

Hunters who choose to hunt certain birds will not be allowed to use lead ammunition during the depredation of nuisance crows, grackles and blackbirds.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has banned the use of lead, a known toxin, for hunting ducks, geese, swans, and other waterfowl since 1991. This is the next step in outlawing lead pellets from use in bird hunting all together, something many people have feared for years.

Many people forgo shotguns all together and use a .17 HMR or .22 caliber rifle when shooting these nuisance birds, who do damage to agricultural fields across the nation, and it looks like only lead shotgun pellets are being banned. It's not clear yet, but you'll most likely still be able to use an air rifle or .22 to hunt or shoot these birds.

Blackbirds do millions of dollars in agricultural damage each year, mostly to sunflower crops where the birds fly field to field filling themselves with the energy-rich seeds. Crows are the bullies of the bird world and will take over a feed source (such as a back yard bird feeder) and not allow other birds to feed.

See the full story here.

-Al, Otter Tail Country Tourism

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