Reject The HSUS Petition That Threatens Hunting On Public Lands

Ban on Ammo is a Ban on Hunting
A Ban on Ammo is a Ban on Hunting
Hornady Ammunition
Hornady Ammunition

Washington, DC –-( The future of hunting is under attack!

Hornady Manufacturing urges firearms owners, hunters and sportsmen to call Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and demand she reject a petition filed by the HSUS that seeks to ban hunting with traditional ammunition on public lands.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), anti-hunting groups, and five individual “sportsmen” have teamed up to file a petition with the Interior Department demanding rules that ban hunting with traditional ammunition on public lands – more than 160 million acres of federal lands managed by the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

That’s one-fifth of the total land area in the United States.

Weighing in at a hefty 50 pages, this petition is rife with emotional statements based on fuzzy science, and fails to make the case that using traditional ammunition threatens wildlife or humans in such a way as to justify eliminating it altogether. It claims prohibiting lead ammunition should be an easy accomplishment since non-lead alternatives are available. But this is nothing more than a back-door way to ban hunting altogether, by making the sport of hunting in America cost prohibitive. Once the rules change with regard to traditional ammunition on public land, it opens the floodgates for over-reaching restrictions on hunting as a whole.

Tell Interior Secretary Sally Jewell how this petition falls short on reason and logic:

  • It lacks sound science to support banning the traditional hunting ammunition used by hunters for centuries.
  • It is another attempt by the HSUS to ban hunting altogether.
  • The adverse impact of traditional ammunition upon wildlife has not been substantiated to the point of necessitating such a drastic move.
  • There is no evidence that consuming game taken with traditional ammunition poses a human health risk to hunters and their families.
  • Approving this ban would reduce the 11% excise taxes currently raised from the sale of traditional ammunition, which is used to support wildlife conservation. A ban of traditional ammunition would harm the very animals HSUS claims to protect.


Here is a list of the groups filing this petition:

  • Humane Society of the United States
  • Fund for Animals
  • Defenders of Wildlife
  • Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Wildlife Conservation Society
  • International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council
  • National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association
  • South Florida Wildlife Center
  • Chocolay Raptor Center
  • Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition
  • Northwood Alliance
  • National Wolfwatcher Coalition
  • Five individual sportsmen, including Judd Hanna, former California Fish and Game commissioner

The truth has been clearly revealed. HSUS and its ilk want to ban hunting altogether. Don’t let them succeed. Call your officials today:

  • Dept. of Interior Office of Communications: 202-208-6416
  • Dept. of Interior Executive Office: 202-208-3181
  • Interior Secretary Sally Jewell at 202-208-3181 or
  • submit a letter and demand the rejection of the HSUS petition


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Ban lead , then they claim solids as armor piercing with no ballistic testing. Ban bullets by caliber because someone made a handgun in that diameter bullet. Bullet, not ammunition , this is the reality that ATF , EPA and ban states are doing to ban all ammo. Stop being ignorant and accepting any ammunition controls.
They are using any excuse to ban ammunition and firearms .

Eric Mills

We ALL have a responsibility to protect the environment, not just the sporting community, and each of us should be required to pay his/her share. Missouri for many years has had an across-the-board sales tax on a number of consumer items, and has raised many millions over the years, money which has gone toward habitat purchase and protection. California and other states should follow suit. Esp. in light of the fact that hunter numbers have been diminishing steadily over the years.


Eric, I think there’s a typo in your comment “if sport hunters were true conservationists […] they would support the the use of lead for ALL hunting”, but I agree with it as it stands. The evidence of negative environmental impact, or impact on human health, from lead hunting ammunition remains sparse, and what there is is used by anti-hunting organisations as a stalking-horse for prohibition. Meanwhile, hunters are the only sustainable source of income for conservation: the general taxpayer won’t foot the bill, and the bino-and-cameras brigade, well-intentioned towards the natural world though they are, won’t put their hands… Read more »

Eric Mills

Though I’m neither hunter nor “anti-hunter,” it seems to me that if sport hunters were the true conservationists they claim to be, they would support the the use of lead for ALL hunting. There’s been a ban for 20 years on lead shot in waterfowling, and the sport didn’t go belly-up. The science is in.

Ditto lead in fishing tackle. A number of studies have documented the harm done to waterbirds such as swans, cormorants, loons, diving ducks, et al.

Let’s “bite the bullet” and protect the environment. I think Aldo Leopold would approve.


Wasn’t the Northwood Alliance designated an Eco-Terrorist Organization by DHS several years ago?