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Nonlead ammunition requirements for hunters start in some areas July 1

State Fish and Wildlife lands imposing new rules ahead of Legislature's deadline

Nonlead ammunition will be required when hunting on all California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) lands and for all Nelson bighorn sheep hunts anywhere in the state starting July 1.

Hunters are also encouraged to practice shooting nonlead ammunition to make sure firearms are sighted-in properly and shoot accurately with nonlead ammunition. The CDFW noted that nonlead ammunition for some firearm calibers may be in short supply.

The California Fish and Game Commission held 14 public meetings in 12 cities from Eureka to San Diego to gain comments from hunters on how best to implement Assembly Bill 711, the legislation that requires nonlead ammunition for all hunting statewide by July 1, 2019.

The commission then adopted an implementation plan for phasing out lead ammunition for hunting in California by July 1, 2016, when hunters must use nonlead ammunition when hunting with shotguns for upland game birds, small game mammals, fur-bearing mammals and nongame birds except for when hunting at licensed game bird clubs.

Nonlead ammunition will also be required when taking wildlife for depredation purposes anywhere in the state.

Starting on July 1, 2019 hunters must use nonlead ammunition when taking any animal anywhere in the state for any purpose.

Lead ammunition may still be used for all non-hunting purposes including target shooting. The implementation of AB 711 does not affect the laws regarding the existing nonlead "Condor Zone" where it remains illegal to hunt using lead ammunition.

For those areas in CDFW wildlife areas and ecological reserves where hunting is allowed, nonlead ammunition will be required starting July 1, 2015.

A list of CDFW wildlife areas and ecological reserves along with specific regulations for each can be found in the booklet, Hunting Regulations for Waterfowl, Upland Game and Department Lands Public Use at https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=88820&inline.

Information on certified nonlead ammunition can be found at www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/hunting/lead-free/certifiedammo.html.

More information on the phase-out of lead ammunition for hunting in California can be found at www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/hunting/lead-free/

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1 person likes this
Posted by Julia
a resident of another community
on Jun 24, 2015 at 11:06 am

Another important factor that I didn't hear or read mentioned.

I believe the current shotgun barrels may get damages with non-lead shots.

I am not absolutely sure about but I thought I read something about that matter. the lead shot is softer than steel shot and may damage the inside of the shotgun barrels.

Hope someone can clear that up for us.

Thank you for listening...looking forward to additional input.

If what I said is true...a lot of money may be spent for new barrels.

Julia Pardini from Alamo


4 people like this
Posted by Damon
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Jun 24, 2015 at 11:18 am

@Julia

Yes, Julia, thank you for that information. I'm sure that the possibility of greater wear-and-tear on their shotgun barrels is a huge concern among many Pleasantonians.


3 people like this
Posted by Fed Up with the Nanny State
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 24, 2015 at 11:50 am

Another feel good law that our worthy representatives passed for "us". In the name of saving wildlife, first the condors, now turkey vultures, next salamanders? If the hypothesis that lead ammo is the only cause of lead poisoning of carrion eaters, there should be dead turkey vultures, coyotes, bears, wild hogs, etc., all over the state. I haven't seen any such evidence (personally or from studies) most likely because there isn't any. The original draft of this law was to have the difference in cost between the lead and non lead ammo paid by the state to placate hunters. That provision somehow got lost in budgetary cuts. This is just another nail in the coffin of hunting in our feel good great state that calls a budget with close to a trillion owed in pensions "balanced".


2 people like this
Posted by Citizen
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 25, 2015 at 9:43 am

Save the lead ammo for intruders!!


4 people like this
Posted by Bill
a resident of Livermore
on Jun 28, 2015 at 2:07 pm

This sort of law is just another means of gun control. Cant completely ban guns, so ban lead (for reasons that seem to have no science to back them up)and make ammunition less available and prohibitively expensive.
This is a matter of control, not about protecting wildlife or environment. Show us the evidence that a lead bullet ban will improve any situation re wildlife or environment! Or for that matter, how it has CAUSED said damage,


5 people like this
Posted by Get the facts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 28, 2015 at 2:30 pm

Bill, here's your evidence (before you dismiss it, please check out the credentials of those who signed it):

Web Link


4 people like this
Posted by Bob
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 28, 2015 at 5:11 pm

A bunch of leftist college professors?? You have got to be kidding me. Probably never had a real job nor their nose out of a book written by some other leftist college professor like Obama.


2 people like this
Posted by Bob
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 28, 2015 at 5:15 pm

Oh I forgot you are a teacher out loose on summer break so you probably like that socialist lefty stuff. Enjoy your break.


5 people like this
Posted by Get the facts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 28, 2015 at 6:28 pm

So Bob, 30 Phd's and MD's signed this thing, but because they all are associated with a university, in your eyes their credentials don't add up to much? If they had left off the university the are associated with, would that hold more weight for you? Most people would think having Harvard or Rutgers or a UC attached would ADD to their credentials, but are you telling me it DIMINISHES their credentials? What would you have said if they had listed everything but the university?

It's clear you will do anything to attempt to poke a hole in this information, no matter how credible the source(s). What would you think if Fox News had said this?

And yes, I am greatly enjoying my summer.


4 people like this
Posted by Bob
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 28, 2015 at 7:15 pm

Yes in fact I do believe that. I think educated people should have real life experiences and actually compete to be successful. I went to a couple of those schools mentioned and found the "professors" to be completely lacking in real life experiences and common sense. My two cents. Enjoy your summer and continue to think with an open mind....cheers!!!!!!


4 people like this
Posted by Get the facts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 28, 2015 at 9:21 pm

"...continue to think with an open mind..." Bob, honestly, it clearly is you not thinking with an open mind. Thirty scientists, people smarter than me and probably you too, saying this is a bad thing. But you refuse to believe, because the professors are not street smart. Of course they are not street smart, because they are brilliant.

To you, Bob, I don't say "continue to think with an open mind", but instead, "start to think with an open mind".


2 people like this
Posted by Bob
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 28, 2015 at 9:53 pm

Go out and do some research yourself little missy. Read field and stream etc. hey go out and shoot or just walk around. Get away from the computer and enjoy the great outdoors.


2 people like this
Posted by BobB
a resident of Amador Estates
on Jun 28, 2015 at 10:32 pm

Stop feeding "Bob". He is a troll.


3 people like this
Posted by Poor Bob
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 29, 2015 at 6:36 am

It was a bad week for Bob -- forgive him if he's projecting. You'd be mad too if you had to give up both your marriage AND your healthcare on consecutive days -- and now he's got to get the lead out??!!?

Poor Bob.


6 people like this
Posted by Bob
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 29, 2015 at 8:27 am

Don't feel bad for me. I have healthcare and it's already free. I have a wife but am thinking about adding a couple more as it's probably legal. Retired at 52 and pay no Cali income tax as I established residency on another state but live here 40% of the time. So in a way please keep paying those taxes for me in support of MY lifestyle!!!


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