Can you use lead bullets on big game animals/?


Yes, you can.  Here is some information about it:


Hunter Information:

  • Lead can be toxic if ingested.
  • The toxicity depends on the level and frequency of exposure.
  • Lead can have physiological effects.
  • Lead shot is banned in U.S. for waterfowl hunting, but is still used for other purposes.
  • Lead ammunition is still used for purposes other than waterfowl hunting.
  • Wildlife can be poisoned from ingesting lead.
  • People can ingest lead particles from bullets in hunter harvested game animals.
  • Lead particles in venison may be too small to detect by sight, feel or taste.


Risk Reduction Tips:

  • Use non-lead, copper or other high-weight retention ammunition.
  • Liberally trim around the wound channel.
  • Discard meat that is bruised, discolored or contains hair, dirt, bone fragments, or plant material.
  • Use caution when rinsing the carcass to avoid spreading lead fragments.
  • Ground game meat has more lead fragments than steaks and chops.
  • Ask commercial processors not to combine meat from other hunter’s game with yours.
  • Avoid cooking game with acidic substances like vinegar or wine.
  • Practice good marksmanship.
  • Practice clean field handling techniques.

Source: 2013 Big Game Rules, page 52