Sportsmen supporting overturned ban on lead ammo and tackle
One of the last orders from President Barack Obama was one of the first to go under President Donald Trump. It's not health care, immigration or national security. It's about hunting. This week, the new administration overturned a ban on lead amm...
One of the last orders from President Barack Obama was one of the first to go under President Donald Trump.
It's not health care, immigration or national security. It's about hunting.
This week, the new administration overturned a ban on lead ammunition and fishing tackle.
The annual Red River Valley Sportsmen's Show may have evolved into a showcase of the shiniest toys, latest tech and most impressive taxidermy, but you'll still find the basics.
Dwayne Dykstra of Iowa Liquidations says, "It's the major source for making any type of weight that you use in fishing."
The basic weights in fishing, like sinkers and jig heads, are lead. It's the most common material and the least expensive.
"There's more profit into us and we can sell it in a cheaper way and sell more of it," Dykstra says.
Hunters also use lead in most ammunition.
But an order signed during the last day of the Obama administration made the lead-based products illegal to use in wildlife refuges.
It was an unpopular move among some sportsmen.
Duane Spooner of Duane's Gun Repair says, "I don't think you're going to benefit anything by requiring people to shoot bullets that are more expensive."
This week, new Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke overturned the order, saying it was improperly issued.
Some think the ban lacked scientific backing and call it a political maneuver to spite hunters and make sport less accessible.
"It was more just an anti-hunting move than anything, I think," Spooner says.
But the National Audubon Society says lead ammo and fishing tackle pose a deadly threat to wildlife, especially birds.
Workers in Oregon are treating a bald eagle poisoned by an unknown lead source.
And some sportsmen agree there should be more required testing.
Dykstra: "I think there should be some regulations with it, I really do," Dykstra says.
Many think lead products will eventually fade from use.
And a lot of hunters and anglers say they play a crucial role in protecting the environment.
Dyskstra: "If we don't have the environment, we don't have people fishing, we don't have people hunting and the more we protect it, the more it helps us," Dykstra says.
Zinke issued another order on his first day if office, asking agencies to increase access for hunting and fishing on federal land.