Hear why many hunters are motivated to use non-lead ammunition
Wildlife and human health are at risk of lead exposure from spent hunting ammunition. Lead ammunition is cheap, packs a punch, and is readily available. The critters that feed on spent pellets, gut piles or un-retrieved birds can consume tiny lead fragments but it’s often enough to kill them. In this episode we hear from numerous people researching the impacts of lead in hunting and talking about the use of non-lead ammo in hunting.
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Courtney is the Founder of Her Upland and is the Education and Outreach Director at Northwoods Collective. She is passionate about sharing knowledge and experiences for DIY upland hunting and all things bird dogs. When she’s not chasing feathers, you’ll find her training and testing dogs for NAVHDA and AKC Hunt Tests and Horseback Field Trials. Courtney hails from Wisconsin and currently resides in Montana with her husband, two toddlers, Bracchi Italiani, and German Wirehaired Pointers.
Hannah Nikonow grew up a big game hunter in Wyoming’s sagebrush sea and became an adult-onset upland hunter in her early 20s. She lives in western Montana with her husband, two bird dogs, and a fluctuating pigeon flock. Her ultimate joy is working behind her Wirehaired Pointing Griffon and Pudelpointer while they hunt, fish, and forage across public lands in the western U.S. Professionally, Hannah works as a Communications and Marketing Coordinator for the Intermountain West Joint Venture, a public-private organization dedicated to bird habitat conservation.