Lead Ammunition Continues To Be Phased Out Of California

California’s law to ban hunting with lead ammo took another step July 1, which also marked 3 years until the full ban takes effect.

Lead Ammunition Continues To Be Phased Out Of California

California’s second phase of implementing non-lead for hunting went into effect July 1. Non-lead shots will be required for shotguns when hunting upland game birds along with resident small-game mammals, furbearing mammals, non-game mammals, non-game birds and any wildlife for depredation purposes in The Golden State, Safari Club International (SCI) reports.

SCI reports the new rule excludes dove, quail, snipe and any game birds taken at licensed game bird clubs.

The website reports the next phase of implementations goes into effect July 1, 2019, when hunters must use non-lead ammo when taking any animal anywhere in the state for any purpose. However, there will be no restriction on lead ammunition for target shooting.

California’s plan to phase out hunting with lead ammunition, SCI writes, began in October 2013 when Assembly Bill 711 was signed. The law planned the phasing out by July 1, 2019 and also required an implementation plan designed to impost the least burden on California hunters while adhering intent of the law.

For more information on the plan, visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/nonlead-ammunition.


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