New Type of Nontoxic Shot Approved for Waterfowl Hunting

New Type of Nontoxic Shot Approved for Waterfowl Hunting

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

LINCOLN, Neb. –-(AmmoLand.com)- Nebraska waterfowl hunters have another type of nontoxic shot available to them, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has approved, effective immediately, the use of tungsten-iron-polymer shot for hunting waterfowl and coots.

It is unlawful to use or possess shotgun shells loaded with or containing shot other than nontoxic shot while hunting, taking or attempting to take waterfowl in Nebraska.

Nontoxic shot is required for all shotgun hunting on federal waterfowl production areas and national wildlife refuges and, as posted, on some state wildlife management areas.

The following is a list of legal nontoxic shot:

  • bismuth-tin
  • steel
  • iron-tungsten
  • iron-tungsten-nickel
  • tungsten-bronze
  • tungsten-iron-copper-nickel
  • tungsten-matrix
  • tungsten-polymer
  • tungsten-tin-iron
  • tungsten-tin-bismuth
  • tungsten-tin-iron-nickel,
  • tungsten-iron-polymer

Research has shown that ingested spent lead, or toxic, shot caused significant numbers of migratory bird deaths. Lead shot was banned nationwide in 1991 for use in hunting waterfowl and coots.

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