Copper-clad iron shot and fluoropolymer coatings may get approved for hunting waterfowl and coots. The Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) has proposed approving them as non-toxic shot (see stories linked to below).
FWS now says its tests have shown that they do not endanger fish, wildlife or their habitats.
It is taking public comments on the idea through October 26.
FWS figures that the more types of non-toxic shot it allows, the more likely hunters will be to comply with the ban on toxic shot.
Environ-Metal, Inc.; of Sweet Home, Oregon; applied to approve copper-clad shot. FWS describes it as “a composite in which copper is thermo-mechanically bonded to centerless-ground steel rod, then mechanically worked to final wire and shot configurations.”
Spectra Shot, LLC; of Lafayette, Louisiana; asked about fluoropolymer coatings, which FWS defines as “cut wire shotgun shot (steel shot) with a proprietary shot coating.”
For details and where to send comments, see http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-09-26/html/2012-23657.htm.