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New limitations on shotgun shells.

Waterfowl hunters just getting used to steel shot must now prepare for more charges and regulations - and the same goes for manufacturers and dealers.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing limiting the length of shotgun. shells, the size of shot, and the coatings on nontoxic shot used in waterfowl hunting.

F&W said in a news release that it is concerned that existing waterfowl hunting regulations "have become outdated in the face of advancing technology."

Under the notice published in the June 30 Federal Register, F&W announced it intends to limit the length of shotgun shells to 3 1/2 inches, the longest currently available on the market. By limiting the length, F&W said it expects to discourage longrange shooting that can lead to crippling and, in effect, an over harvest of birds.

In addition, F&W wants to limit the shot size to no larger than No. T (0.20 inches). This is intended to reduce clipping losses by limiting shot sizes to those that it says have been demonstrated to be most efficient for harvesting large waterfowl.

Dealers would be given time to deplete their inventory of shells with No. F (0.22 inches) shot.

The Department also proposes requiring shotgun shell manufacturers to obtain its approval for anti-corrosive coatings on nontoxic shot pellets. It said there currently are no standards that control the coatings applied to shot pellets and that the coatings could be toxic.

Public comment on the proposals is being accepted until September 28.
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Title Annotation:proposals from the Fish and Wildlife Service
Author:Schneider, Jim
Publication:Shooting Industry
Date:Sep 1, 1993
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