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July 08, 2008

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Discussion Topic: Minnesota Issues Lead Warning

From the Pioneer Press:

This year's Minnesota hunting regulations booklet will contain warnings and advice regarding lead particles in venison.

Department of Natural Resources officials last week put the finishing touches on a fact sheet and a one-page advisory that will appear in the 2008 book, which will be distributed to the public in a few weeks.

A draft of the advisories, obtained by the Pioneer Press, recommends that hunters use alternatives to lead bullets, such as copper bullets, and that hunters should avoid meat that is excessively shot-damaged. They also advise hunters to place shots carefully and to ask venison processors about their processing techniques. .

On its prominent back page, the DNR's draft regulation book states, "Though no illnesses have been linked to lead particles in hunter-harvested venison, lead can have a negative effect on human bodies at levels below any noticeable signs of illness. It can be particularly harmful to children age 6 and under and pregnant women."

What do you think? Wise precaution or premature?



I don't see anything wrong with the state's DNR letting hunters know about a potential problem and presenting them with advice. It's not like the state banned lead ammo and told their hunters not to eat their venison if the deer was killed with a lead bullet.

It's up to the hunters to make the decisions for themselves.



Last year Minnesota adopted a program that allowed hunters to donate their deer to food shelves. It seemed to many like a great idea that would encourage hunters to take more deer and help out local food shelves. It was shortly after the deer season that this issue came up and the donated meat was rejected by the food shelves (thrown in the garbage). Was lead really the issue or was it a thinly veiled attempt by others to cast a disapproving eye, once again, on hunters??? I can't answer that question. From the biased articles in the local newspaper to the sensationalized news reports on TV you would think that the MN DNR was trying to solve poverty through lead poisoning. Moral of the story, low fat, high protein, free range venison loses to the fast food hamburgers. Nice.

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