This is a relatively small thing, but since we made mention of it when the Obama administration left it as a flaming bag of dog poop on the doorstep of the gun-owning public on Obama’s way to political oblivion we thought we’d follow up.
The feds will let you shoot lead-based ammunition on their lands when you’re hunting, and you can use lead weights in your fishing tackle as well, thanks to the new Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
Zinke signed the order on his first day in office, overturning a policy implemented by former Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Director Dan Ashe on Jan. 19, the Obama administration’s last full day in office.
Ashe’s policy banned the use of lead ammunition and fishing tackle on all FWS wildlife refuges that allow hunting or fishing, as well as in all other hunting or fishing regulated by the agency elsewhere.
It was meant to help prevent plants and animals from being poisoned by lead left on the ground or in the water.
“After reviewing the order and the process by which it was promulgated, I have determined that the order is not mandated by any existing statutory or regulatory requirement and was issued without significant communication, consultation or coordination with affected stakeholders,” Zinke wrote in his order.
Zinke also signed an order Thursday asking agencies within his purview to find ways to increase access to outdoor recreation on the lands they oversee.
“It worries me to think about hunting and fishing becoming activities for the land-owning elite,” he said in a statement. “This package of secretarial orders will expand access for outdoor enthusiasts and also make sure the community’s voice is heard.”
The ban was an especially mean-spirited shot at hunters and recreational fishermen. It was the kind of thing which had little to no environmental merit and only had the effect of rendering worthless much of what hunters and fishermen were already using, and making hunting and fishing more expensive.
Congratulations to Zinke for eliminating this idiocy on his first day as Interior Secretary. It was overdue for reversal as soon as it was signed into existence.