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Fish and Wildlife seek hunters input on the use of non-lead ammo

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Hunters need to pay close attention to this as it impacts you all, particularly by 2019 when all mammals including small game must be taken with non-lean ammunition.

Since today there is no .22 ammunition that is non-lead, how will we take small game in 2019?

Is this why we have a drought in the supply of .22 ammunition that no-one seems to be able to explain?

You must respond by August1, 2014 or you have no say in the matter, or it could be the end to all small game hunting in CA. Certainly it will mean the end to the use of air rifles for turkey hunting, (since they are larger waterfowl sized birds) and if you fishermen think you are safe, think again and watch, right behind this is likely to be a ban on the use of lead for fishing weights.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is seeking your assistance regarding the development of
the "phase-in" regulation for the use of non-lead ammunition for the take of wildlife as required under Fish and Game Code Section 3004.5(i). The law requires that this regulation be established by the Fish and Game Commission (Commission) no later than July 1, 2015, with full implementation to be effective no later than July 1, 2019. Governor Brown has directed CDFW and the Commission to work with all interested parties in order to produce a regulation that is least disruptive.

CDFW presented a draft regulatory proposal to the Commission's Wildlife Resources Committee (WRC) in January 2014 (a copy of this presentation is available at under the "Alerts" section entitled "Non-lead Implementation").
Uncertainty about ammunition supply and availability forms the basis for the proposal, which preliminarily proposes the following implementation schedule:

Require the use of non-lead ammunition for all hunting on wildlife areas and ecological reserves. Require the use of non-lead ammunition for bighorn sheep hunting;

Require the use of non-lead ammunition for larger (waterfowl sized) birds, and for small mammals, non-game species, furbearers and for depredation purposes when using a shotgun;

Full implementation; use of non-lead ammunition required for dove, quail and snipe; small game mammals (including rifle/handgun); non-game species, furbearers and depredation (including rifle/handgun); all big-game species including those hunted with muzzle-loading firearms.
In order to meet the statutory deadline for adoption, CDFW is seeking to propose a final draft regulation to the WRC at its September 2014 meeting.

Because CDFW are anticipating a large number of comments they are requesting that all comments be received by August 1, 2014. Individuals and organizations may email comments to (please use "Non-lead implementation" in the subject line) or hard copy correspondence to the following address:

CDFW, Wildlife Branch
Attn: Non-lead implementation
1812 9th Street
Sacramento, CA 95811



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