BEND, OR -- Hunters and anglers are starting to get a more complete picture of rule changes made in the final days of the Obama Administration. KBND Outdoor expert Gary Lewis explains one of Daniel Ashe’s final actions as Director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service: "Director Ashe issued an order to expand the use of non-toxic ammunition and fishing tackle on lands administered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and that includes Prineville Reservoir. Effective immediately, what he did was make it illegal to use lead split-shot, lead jig heads and anything made of lead while you’re fishing."
Lewis says the order came January 19 without much publicity, due to the inauguration. "As I read it, I find that Oregon law is at odds with federal law," says Lewis. "Such that it would be illegal to do the hunt I’m planning this August with a muzzleloader that the state of Oregon requires that I use only a lead bullet; and the federal government won’t let me use that lead bullet on the land I’m intending to hunt on." Click HERE
to visit ODFW's website outlining state ammunition restrictions.
He adds, "We’ve been working on this stuff voluntarily for years; we can switch to non-lead. But, we have it forced down our throats all of a sudden by a guy whose last act in office, as he’s closing the door ‘oh yeah, here’s this to deal with.’"