AZGFD's Voluntary Non-Lead Ammunition Program
March 15, 2015
KUDOS – AZGFD's voluntary non-lead ammunition program designed to further california condor conservation reached record participation levels in 2014. For hunters in the condor's core range in northern Arizona, 91 percent voluntarily chose to use either non-lead ammunition or remove gut piles from the field. Of the 91 percent, surveys show that 73 percent of successful hunters used non-lead ammunition, an increase of 13 percent over the previous year. In addition, 65 percent of the small number of hunters who still used lead ammunition removed their gut pile from the field to prevent condors from feeding on it.