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SHOTGUN ONLY LEAD AMMUNITION BAN IN EFFECT

Posted 11/24/15 (Tue)

 

THIS PAGE WAS UPDATED ON MARCH 3, 2016.

SHOTGUN ONLY LEAD AMMUNITION BAN BEGAN FEBRUARY 1, 2016.

IN SPRING OF 2015, THE LOWER BRULE TRIBAL COUNCIL PASSED A RESOLUTION CALLING FOR A LEAD AMMUNITION BAN. THIS RESOLUTION WAS LATER MODIFIED TO INCLUDE ONLY SHOTGUN AMMUNITION AND NOT RIFLE AMMUNITION.

BELOW IS LISTED THE RESOLUTION EXPLAINING THE BAN AND THE IMPLEMENTATION PLAN BY THE WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT.

WHEREAS, a plan was received by the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Recreation for Tribal Council approval to phase out the use of lead ammunition for hunting; and

WHEREAS, biologists, doctors and researchers from the scientific community in 2013 released a consensus statement that concluded the following:

  • Lead is one of the most well-studied of all anthropogenic toxins and there is overwhelming scientific evidence demonstrating that there is no safe level of lead exposure for children; and
  • Lead-based ammunition is likely the greatest, largely unregulated source of lead knowingly discharged into the environment in the United States; and
  • The discharge of lead-based ammunition and accumulation of spent lead-based ammunition in the environment poses significant health risks to humans and wildlife; and
  • Lead-based ammunition is a significant source of lead exposure in humans that ingest wild game, and people consuming meat shot with lead-based ammunition have been shown to have lead pellets/fragments in the gastrointestinal tract; and
  • Lead poisoning from ingestion of spent lead-based ammunition fragments poses a serious and significant threat to wildlife, including wild scavenging species such as the bald and golden eagle; and
  • Given the overwhelming evidence for the toxic effects of lead in humans and wildlife, even at very low exposure levels, convincing data that the discharge of lead-based ammunition into the environment poses significant risks of lead exposure to humans and wildlife, and the availability of non-lead alternative products for hunting, the [science community] supports reducing and eventually eliminating the introduction of lead into the environment from lead-based ammunition.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Lower Brule Sioux Tribal Council does hereby approve the Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Recreation’s plan to phase out the use of non-lead ammunition for hunting. Dated March 4, 2015.

 

WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT Plan to Phase out Lead Ammunition:

  • Lead ammunition phase-out will begin on February 1, 2016 for only shotgun ammunition.
  • To address concerns regarding cost and availability, limited supplies of non-lead ammunition in common gauges will be available at cost at the Wildlife Department (limit 2 boxes per person)
  • Two possible lead ban exemptions can be requested by any hunter: 1) for the use of a vintage firearm that is likely to be damaged by the use of non-lead ammunition; and 2) if non-lead ammunition is not available to the hunter or at the Wildlife Department (this exemption will be allowed only for a period of one-year after the beginning of the lead ammunition ban).  Exemptions must be applied for annually and will be valid for the license year in which they are issued.  Exemption applications are available online or at the Wildlife Department and must be approved by the Director. 
  • Language will be added to the Wildlife, Fish, and Recreation Enforcement Code to reflect the non-lead requirement including penalties for non-compliance.

 

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