Nonlead Ammunition in California

As we’re coming up on the feathered tailend of California’s general waterfowl season (the California waterfowl season reopens after the general closure just for young hunters in early February), hunters can look forward to some fantastic duck and goose harvesting with the arrival of cold and stormy weather. Dress appropriately and get out in those fields and marshes today!

As a reminder, Assembly Bill 711 was signed into law in October of 2013 requiring the use of nonlead ammunition when taking any wildlife with a firearm within the state of California after July 1, 2019.

Finally, for those of you who have used an automobile rather than nonlead ammunition on wildlife recently, it is still illegal to collect or possess roadkill animals. Violators could still face citation. According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife: Senate Bill 395 – Chapter 869 (Archuleta) the ‘Wildlife Traffic Safety Act,’ “…was enacted with the intent to eventually make available for utilization the roadkill meat of deer, elk, pronghorn antelope or wild pig. However, the legislative language does not permit the general public collection and utilization of roadkill animals, but rather authorizes development of a program for what the bill describes as “salvageable wild game meat.” Such a program is not yet in place, contrary to many news articles and social media traffic…”

The Mission of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is to manage California’s diverse fish, wildlife, and plant resources, and the habitats upon which they depend, for their ecological values and for their use and enjoyment by the public.