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Get the Lead Out of Fishing & Hunting

Non-Lead Fishing & Hunting supplies:

Manufacturers and retailers of lead-free tackle (source: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency)


Coming soon:

Testimonials of Chapter Members/Friends success/advice with non-lead Fishing Tackle and Hunting Ammunition


More info:

Get the Lead Out poster (source: MPCA)

Minnesota Division - IWLA's Get the Lead Out page

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's Get the Lead Out page

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Get the Lead Out page


Bush Lake Chapter's Lead Fishing Tackle and Hunting Ammunition resolution:

Whereas, our mission is “To conserve, maintain, protect, and restore the soil, forest, water, and other natural resources of the United States and other lands; to promote means and opportunities for the education of the public with respect to such resources and their enjoyment and wholesome utilization.” 

Whereas, lead is ubiquitously used in fishing tackle and hunting ammunition projectiles. 

Whereas, fishing tackle is commonly lost in waterways as a normal part of fishing and the discharge of a firearm while hunting leaves projectile material in the environment and in game. 

Whereas, lost projectiles and fishing tackle accumulate in the environment and are commonly ingested by birds. 

Whereas, lead is a toxic metal that has adverse effects on wildlife (especially birds) and on humans. 

Whereas, non-toxic fishing tackle and hunting ammunition are readily available, effective, and affordable. 

Whereas, toxic hunting ammunition and fishing tackle are already banned in certain states and federal lands of the United States and Canada and several waters of the United States, Great Britain and Canada without detrimental effect on outdoor recreation. 

Whereas, most toxic hunting ammunition is already banned in the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge without detrimental effect on outdoor recreation. 

Whereas, in most lands and waters of Minnesota, toxic hunting ammunition and fishing tackle is unregulated and widely used. 

Whereas, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources encourages Minnesotans to “get the lead out.” 

Whereas, the Bush Lake Chapter sponsors fishing events and provides tackle. 

Whereas, given lead’s toxicity and the availability of non-toxic alternatives, there is no compelling reason to use lead fishing tackle or lead hunting ammunition whatsoever.  

Be it resolved, that the Bush Lake Chapter of the Izaak Walton League calls on the Minnesota Legislature to ban the use of lead hunting ammunition and fishing tackle within the State of Minnesota. 

Be it resolved, that the Bush Lake Chapter of the Izaak Walton League calls on sporting goods retailers and trade associations to offer and to promote non-toxic fishing tackle and hunting ammunition. 

Be it resolved, that the Bush Lake Chapter of the Izaak Walton League calls on its membership to choose non-toxic ammunition and fishing tackle whenever possible. 

Be it resolved, that the Bush Lake Chapter of the Izaak Walton League shall insist on the use of non-toxic ammunition and fishing tackle at any event sponsored, in whole or in part, by this chapter, and encourage the use of non-toxic tackle when fishing from the Bush Lake Chapter premises. 

Be it resolved, that the Bush Lake Chapter of the Izaak Walton League supports educational programs that teach about the implications of lead in the environment and alternatives to lead fishing tackle and hunting ammunition.  




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