Two new studies “add scientific evidence that hunters’ lead ammunition often finds its way into carrion-eating birds, such as eagles and turkey vultures.”  So when will conservation-minded hunters stop using lead ammunition?  Surely the hunters who come onto 10,000 Birds to talk about what great conservationists hunters are will agree that lead ammunition should not be used to hunt?  Why, then, is lead still used to hunt?  And why do hunting organizations largely line up against banning lead ammunition for hunting?  Why do I see hunters all kinds of angry about the idea of lead ammunition being banned on every hunting forum and blog that I visited with no one arguing in favor of a lead hunting ban?

One might think that hunters only act as conservationists when they are forced to by law.

Written by Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy and Desmond Shearwater. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.