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Trapshooters at a range. (The Spokesman-Review)

Shooting range lead cleanup to cost $780K 

SHOOTING -- The U.S. Forest Service is cleaning up soil contaminated by lead at a former shooting range in Washington state. The clean-up is focused on 2 acres of the 7-acre Index Sportsman Club shooting range in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, officials say Shotgun...

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With haze from burning wildfires in the background, California condor 94 takes off near deserted Highway 1 in Big Sur, Calif. Associated Press
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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...

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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...

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MONDAY, NOV. 26, 2012

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., won re-election to the U.S. Senate in November 2012. (Courtesy photo)

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...

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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...

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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...

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Four loons that nested in Eastern Washington or hatched in the region’s waters died last year from poisoning caused by ingesting lead sinkers or jigs.Photo courtesy of Daniel Poleschook Jr. (Photo courtesy of Daniel Poleschook Jr. / The Spokesman-Review)

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...

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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...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2011

Spokane-area birdwatcher Ron Dexter used a remote motion-activated camera to photograph this golden eagle on a deer carcass in the Mount Spokane foothills. (Ron Dexter / Courtesy photo)

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...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 10, 2011

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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...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 25, 2010

A pair of common loons produced one chick in their first nesting effort at Long Lake in 2009. The female loon was back on a nest in May 2010 before Fish and Wildlife Department officials reported that she had been shot around May 9. Photo by Daniel Poleschook Jr. (Photo by Daniel Poleschook Jr.)

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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