Outdoors

TUESDAY, OCT. 21, 2014

Youth vulnerable to lead poisoning at shooting ranges

SHOOTING -- The Seattle Times series of stories on lead poisoning issues at shooting ranges is providing more food for thought and action: The youngsters knew their sport could be dangerous, even deadly. But for the junior team at the Vancouver (Wash.) Rifle and Pistol...

MONDAY, OCT. 20, 2014

Lead poisoning documented at some shooting ranges

SHOOTING -- Exposure to lead at shooting ranges is a poorly monitored health risk that's affecting shooters and people who work at the facilities in some areas, according to a story in the Seattle Times. Indoor, outdoor, public and private, gun ranges dot the national...

MONDAY, JUNE 23, 2014

Oregon surveying residents on lead ammo for hunting

Updated 1 p.m. with more details. HUNTING -- The Oregon Fish and Wildlife plans to ask state residents to share their opinions about using lead ammunition for hunting. A survey is being mailed this month to a random sample of 4,200 hunters in the state....

FRIDAY, OCT. 11, 2013

California first state to ban lead ammo for hunting

HUNTING -- California will become the first state to ban lead ammunition for all types of hunting, according to a bill signed into law signed today by Gov. Jerry Brown. The ban is set to be fully phased in by July 1, 2019, in order...

TUESDAY, SEPT. 10, 2013

Lead ammunition ban awaits California governor’s signature

HUNTING -- The California Senate on Monday passed legislation to protect the state’s condors, eagles and other wildlife from lead poisoning by requiring the use of nonlead ammunition for all hunting by 2019. Assembly Bill 711 passed by a vote of 23-15 after being approved...

THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2013

Court dismisses case on lead ammunition

SHOOTING -- The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia today dismissed a lawsuit brought by environmental groups seeking to force the Environmental Protection Agency to ban ammunition containing lead components. The National Shooting Sports Foundation filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit in...

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 28, 2012

Sportsmen’s Act failure pegged to overspending

HUNTING -- More details on the U.S. Senate vote this week turning down the Sportsmen's Act: Alabama senator: Sportsmen's bill exceeded spending limits The failure of the U.S. Senate to pass the Sportsmen's Act of 2012, sponsored by Montana U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, came as...

MONDAY, NOV. 26, 2012

Sportsmen’s Act likely to pass; some groups unhappy

Some components of 'Sportsmen's Act' concern environmental groups Today, the U.S. Senate will vote on, and likely pass, Montana U.S. Sen. Jon Tester's "Sportsmen's Act of 2012," a grab bag of bills dealing with hunting, fishing, conservation and public access measures, but environmental groups said...

TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2012


Spring is toxic to migrating tundra swans stopping here

WILDLIFE -- It's been well publicized over the years, but we can't let people forget that our lower Coeur d'Alene river basin is a toxic stew for migrating waterfowl, thanks to the waste of a century of upstream mining. An eyewitness to a swan death...

TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 2012

More heat on hunters to get the lead out

HUNTING -- Birding and wildlfie groups are focusing the spotlight on hunters and shooters who use lead shot and bullets claiming that 20 million birds die each year of lead poisoning. Read the story here.

TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011

Lead for hunting, fishing getting heavily criticized

HUNTING/FISHING -- Editorials by leaders in the hunting and fishing community, findings from several new studies, and action by the U.S. military are prompting conservation groups to press Congress to re-evaluate proposed legislation that would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating lead in...

WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2011

Are the fish safe to eat? Find out here

FISHING -- Advisories for how much fish should be consumed from area waters that may be affected by mercury, PCBs or other contaminants are available in: Idaho online or (866) 240-3553. Washington online or (877) 485-7316. These advisories are especially important for children and pregnant...

THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2011

Lead tackle restricted at 13 lakes

FISHING -- Starting Sunday, the use of lead fishing tackle will be restricted in northern Washington at 13 lakes frequented by nesting common loons. After a year of discussion and public meetings, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission voted to prohibit the use of lead...

Bill would remove lead tackle, bullets from EPA rule

ENVIRONMENT -- Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, R-Wash., is co-sponsoring a bill in Congress that would protect fishing and hunting gear from environmental lawsuits, according to a report in Northwest Sportsman Magazine. Washington's 5th District Congresswoman is among 37 representatives cosponsoring "The Hunting, Fishing and Recreational Shooting...

FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2011

Non-lead ammo may spare critters in Wyoming

WILDLIFE — Wyoming researchers say the distribution of nonlead ammunition to hunters in Jackson Hole is likely helping prevent lead poisoning of ravens, eagles and other scavengers. But the study is in its early stages. This is the second year researchers have tried to gauge...

THURSDAY, FEB. 10, 2011

Lead shot banned for controlling nuisance wildlife

ENVIRONMENT -- In an effort to reduce lead toxicity hazards to wildlife, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced last week that it has banned the use of lead ammunition for it's official control hunting of nuisance birds such as blackbirds, cowbirds, grackles, crows and...

SATURDAY, JAN. 1, 2011

Washington lead restrictions advance today

ENVIRONMENT - Washington is taking another step today in giving lead the boot in the state's hunting and fishing circles. Although pheasant releases won't resume until next fall in Eastern Washington, hunters technically will be required to use nontoxic shot at the specified pheasant release...

THURSDAY, NOV. 25, 2010

Lead tackle restrictions to be considered

FISHING – Restrictions on use of lead fishing tackle at 13 lakes with nesting loons will be considered by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission when it meets Dec. 2-4 in Olympia.The lead issue is on the agenda for Dec. 4.Studies have shown that loons...

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.


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