The prospect of a ban on the use of lead bullets in stalking rifles was raised by leading policymakers and scientists at a conference on deer held recently in Warwickshire. This is the first occasion on which shooters and environmentalists have shared a public platform on the subject of lead in rifle bullets in the UK.

At the Deer Management 2010 conference, held on 12 to 13 March, the use of lead ammunition in stalking and the alleged health benefits of switching to non-toxic bullets were discussed. Until now the subject has barely been raised within the stalking community, but in the conference’s final session representatives of the RSPB, shooting associations and the Government set out the agenda for a process to remove lead bullets from stalking due to concerns over both human health and the secondary poisoning of wildlife.

The rest of this article appears in 24th March issue of Shooting Times.

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