ROOM: Room 220 – Ruidoso
This workshop will inform wildlife professionals of the complex ecological, economic, social, and political issues pertaining to the use of lead hunting ammunition in North America. This workshop will help biologists, managers, and policy makers interact with hunters and interest groups/stakeholders in fostering balanced consideration of the technical and scientific issues implicit to any discussion about non-lead/lead hunting ammunition. Participants will spend the morning hearing from experts on the latest scientific information pertaining to hunting ammunition, including the fundamentals of shooting and cartridge design, followed by an exploration of case studies from the Midwest and western states focused on bald eagles, and California condors, respectively. An overview of human dimensions research germane to this topic is planned. Representatives from the firearms and ammunition industry are invited to provide an industry perspective. Participants will take a bus off-site to the City of Albuquerque Shooting Range Park to observe the shooting of lead and non-lead rifle cartridges, and their performance down range.
Organizers: Gordon Batcheller, TWS Hunting, Trapping and Conservation Work Group, Petersburgh, NY
Supported by: TWS Hunting, Trapping and Conservation Working Group, Institute for Wildlife Studies, Minnesota Chapter of TWS, The Peregrine Fund, USGS Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units