Hunting

Anti-chasing dribble | Letters | rutlandherald.com

Joshua Hunter’s commentary, Unleaded Ammunition (August 4), is an anti-hunting dribble. Quoting Environmental Health News (EHN) and the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) as “science” is telling. The CBD is in the midst of “prosecution and settlement” plans to ban traditional ammunition without scientific evidence to show any impact on the wildlife population. EHN is a militant “information” service that has never turned down the opportunity to attack hunters for their choice of ammunition.

Traditional ammunition has been used for hunting in North America for over 400 years. There has never been a single case of lead poisoning by an individual due to the consumption of wild game harvested with traditional ammunition. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a study in 2008 of blood lead levels in hunters consuming wild game harvested with traditional lead-based ammunition and game taken with it. It shows that hunters’ blood lead levels were actually lower than those of individuals in the same community who did not consume wild game. No hunter participating in this study had elevated blood lead levels approaching the level of concern.