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Monday, 18 November 2013 22:23

Lead Manufacturing Plant Closing

We at Shotem and Caughtem read some news that will effect us both as hunters and fisherman/woman and felt all should know that some of our costs might rise.  The last remaining lead smelting plant in the United States will be closing its doors.  This could have effects in ammunition used by hunters and much of the equipment used by the fishing industry such as lure parts and sinkers.  

The Doe Run lead smelter in Herculaneum, Missouri, established in 1892, will close in December due to EPA regulations on air quality.

According to AmmoLand, “The Herculaneum smelter is currently the only smelter in the United States which can produce lead bullion from raw lead ore that is mined nearby in Missouri’s extensive lead deposits, giving the smelter its ‘primary’ designation.  The lead bullion produced in Herculaneum is then sold to lead product producers, including ammunition manufactures for use in conventional ammunition components such as projectiles, projectile cores, and primers.  Several ‘secondary’ smelters, where lead is recycled from products such as lead acid batteries or spent ammunition components, still operate in the United States.”

What this means, though, is that ammunition manufacturers will have to get primary lead bullion from overseas sources such as China.

Let us know how this will effect your hunting and fishing lively hood in the comment section below and keep posting photos of your adventures in the galleries and tell us your story.

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We at Shotem and Caughtem have heard rumors that many states are looking to ban the use of lead bullets for hunting.  Environmentalists say that the lead found in bullets is causing unwarranted deaths to wildlife in certian environments.  As a matter of fact many states do not allow the use of lead bullets for hunting waterfowl.  Experts say that it contaminates water and causes deaths in fish, and other water bound wildlife.  Yes the experts think that lead bullets, many of which are the size of a pea, are causing wide spread lead contamination.  We feel many other factors might be to blame.  

California is trying to say that the death of many of the Condors in the state is due to the ingestion of lead from animals left behind by farmers, ranchers and hunters that are then being consumed by the Condors.  As such they feel that all lead bullets should be outlawed in the state for hunting.  So lets take another approach to the debate.  Lets look at what lead is used for by humans that might be more prevelant than the bullets used for hunting and think about how they might impact the environment.

Lead is a dense, soft, low-melting metal. It is an important component of batteries, and about 75% of the world's lead production is consumed by the battery industry. Lead is the densest common metal except for gold, and this quality makes it effective in sound barriers and as a shield against X-rays. Lead resists corrosion by water, so it has long been used in the plumbing industry. It is also added to paints, and it makes a long-lasting roofing material.  Lead is also commonly used in glass and enamel. In television picture tubes and computer video display terminals, lead helps block radiation, and the inner, though not the outer, portion of the common light bulb is made of leaded glass. Lead also increases the strength and brilliance of crystal glassware. Lead is used to make bearings and solder, and it is important in rubber production and oil refining.

So we guess that there would be absolutely no larger contributing factor for animals to ingest lead other than from animals shot using lead bullets.  Nothing in the paragraph above that might be a bigger factor to lead contamination.  We could not imagine that in the circle of life that many bugs, small varmits or other animals might actually ingest the lead from say a landfill, someones backyard, run off, from manufacturing plants or from any of these other consumer goods.  "Nope it's the Hunting Communities fault!"  Are you reading our sarcasm at this point or do we need to be more blunt?

Let us know your thoughts on the subject in the comment section below and keep posting your adventures and sharing your photos to the galleries.




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