Radical Group Petitions for Total on Ban Lead Ammo & Tackle in Wildlife Refuges

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USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- On Nov. 17th, 2022 the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) filed a petition to ban the use of lead ammunition and fishing tackle on all property managed by the National Park Service (NPS).

According to the petition, this includes more than 51 million acres open to hunting, comprising more than 60% of the land area in the system.

The PEER petition cites the 2022 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) hunt/fish rule, which began the process of banning lead ammo and tackle on National Wildlife Refuges (NWR) this past summer. As with the FWS hunt/fish rule, the PEER petition argues for this broad and expansive rule – a total ban – due to lead’s known toxicity but fails to cite specific evidence of population-level effects on particular NPS properties of concern. As the Sportsmen’s Alliance forecasted, the FWS effort to ban lead is being followed by other groups, and potentially, more agencies.

The PEER petition also mimics the FWS hunt/fish rule by being highly dismissive of any claims that lead bans will reduce hunting and fishing participation.

Hunters and anglers remain the backbone of fish and wildlife funding in America, and yet, PEER rejects this argument out of hand, stating, without any evidence, that such costs will be “minimal” and of no concern.

“As we stated earlier about the FWS hunt/fish rule, these bans, which fail to show specific population-level effects, are highly irresponsible,” said Todd Adkins, vice president of government affairs at the Sportsmen’s Alliance. “In every case, we have no idea how many hunters and anglers will be driven away by the high cost of alternatives, so we strongly condemn such actions when there is no hard science to back up the bans in the first place.”

About the Sportsmen’s Alliance: The Sportsmen’s Alliance protects and defends America’s wildlife conservation programs and the pursuits – hunting, fishing and trapping – that generate the money to pay for them. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation is responsible for public education, legal defense and research. Its mission is accomplished through several distinct programs coordinated to provide the most complete defense capability possible. Stay connected to Sportsmen’s Alliance: Online, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Deplorable Bill

Wait until the truth comes out on what happens to a tree with a copper bullet in it. Don’t believe it? A very reliable way to kill a tree is to drive a copper nail into it. Even Amazon sells them for just that purpose. These fools are just another communist backed group wanting to disarm the entire nation. Do they really think that animals, birds etc. are more important than people? You can bet that the cow being run down the chute has a lot less chance of survival than a deer or elk or bear or duck or… Read more »

Qui Bono?

Really, Bill? Sure, copper will kill a tree. One tree. Lead works its way through the entire food chain as predators consume the fish or other critters (or gut piles) that we hunters “fill with lead” but don’t retrieve. If you’re really worried about the trees, don’t miss. I’ve only hunted with copper slugs and bullets for years now by my own choice, and to the best of my knowledge haven’t slaughtered many trees, although they work just fine on deer. Educate yourself. While you’re at it, look up the definition of “communism.” It’s not just stupid, but irresponsible to… Read more »


More nonsense from the left and we all know it !It is all designed to make it difficult to do any thing with a gun.Lead is not the problem in there eyes its the tool used!


Note your choice. I have one also.


Is lead a naturally occuring substance? You gonna ban sand on the beach next? Its not in the form of vapor like it was when it was added to gasoline. 9th grade science class will teach you that. You run your flapper without a speck of evidence to prove otherwise.


Filled with lead? How many times do you shoot the gut pile to fill it with lead? Do you know how lame your talking points sound.


Q… In your case it fits ! “We Hunters ” I Doubt ! Common rhetoric !

Deplorable Bill

Yea Really. In Communist Calif. they are only allowed to hunt with copper bullets. That’s a lot of bullets, that’s a few misses, that’s a lot of trees, that’s a lot less O2. See where this is going?

Read up on actual history not the revised junk that most people are taught. It’s not that difficult to find out who is behind this and why they are doing this.

Arm up and carry on


DB… I see it all now … kill more trees less 02


Deplorable … Wonder did that brain dead actor who shot that photo person have a copper bullet . Can’t recall his name but I ain’t trying to hard . Whoa you mean the Lone Ranger can’t use silver bullets any more ?


Really, odd no one offers anything but speculation. On your point, I can not remember loosing but one animal In 30 years. I take all of the meat leaving nothing but bones. I suspect the lead killing off 1000’s of none targeted animals is bullso….


qui boner … russn8r , gregori etc. is that you again?


There were a couple that went on imaginary fishing trips never to be heard from again. F&F now on the bottom of the river. Hence, …slimy river bottom!


3 … That would tend to make it slimy . Hope it was down in gator country would hate to mess up a nice trout stream .

Wild Bill

Hmmm as I recall lead occurs naturally, in the billions of tons … in the ground. Why does that not effect the water table and go through the food chain?


It’s what makes freedom incompatible with leftism. They want to ban everything.

Country Boy


Rob J

PEER is laye to the party, many politicians have been carrying this flag for a while now. I asked my US Representative (Derek Kilmer WA-6) about why he voted against a 2015 public lands appropriation and his response was, in part, “… there were no provisions eliminating the use of lead ammunition…”

Dubi Loo

Our public employees are supposed to be our servants, not our masters.


Ban ALL IiberaIs/Dems/marxist/sociaIists. ALL!