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Washington: Lead Shot Ban on Pheasant Release Sites

Monday, February 13, 2012

Submit comments to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife!

Last September, we informed you about the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission’s (WDFW) overly broad ban on the use of traditional ammunition (lead ammunition) for all upland game hunting on all of the state’s pheasant release sites.  We also asked you to take part in the 2012-2014 hunting season-setting process by submitting public comment to the WDFW and Commission to request that they repeal this unfounded lead ammunition ban.

The NRA would like to thank all of you who participated in the first phase of the hunting season-setting process.  Unfortunately, the WDFW has ignored the NRA’s and your requests to repeal the ban.  The proposed rules for the 2012-2014 season can be found here; they range from new sections pertaining to night hunting and landowner hunting permits, to amending the code pertaining to archery requirements and the use of decoys - but the repeal of the lead ammunition ban is not among them!

Citizens have until Tuesday, February 21, to submit public comment regarding these proposed rules.  Please contact the WDFW and the Commission and respectfully express your disappointment that the WDFW ignored your requests to repeal the expanded lead ammunition ban (for all upland game on all pheasant release sites) and ask that they incorporate a repeal of this ban into their final recommendations.  Written comments may be e-mailed to wildthing@dfw.wa.gov or mailed to: WDFW Rules Coordinator; 600 Capitol Way North; Olympia, Washington 98501.

Thank you for your continued efforts and please check www.NRAILA.org for more updates on this important issue.

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