The Fergus Falls Fish & Game Club is hosting a lead bullet fragmentation demonstration Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Fergus Falls Rifle and Pistol Club’s outdoor range.

For many years there has been a lot of discussion on the issue of lead in hunting ammunition and over the past decade that conversation has been focused on rifle bullets. Lead has long been recognized as a hazard to humans and wildlife but most want to see the evidence behind the debate. The Minnesota Chapter of The Wildlife Society (MNTWS) Non-Toxic Working Group has been working to provide the opportunity to discuss and demonstrate the advantages of using alternatives for deer hunting with the public through hands-on workshops. These demonstrations allow for stakeholders to receive the information they need to make their own decisions. Reducing the unintentional impacts to wildlife and area families health, can protect the public image of hunting to benefit and maintain hunting traditions.

Brian Hiller, Tony Hewitt and Steve Windels of MNTWS will present information about alternative ammunition and will also hold a live-fire demonstration to include shooting of lead and lead-free ammunition in a water-trap system (at 50 yards) and shooting of lead and lead-free ammunition patterning (at 100 yards). Firearms to be used will include a high-power rifle chambered in a cartridge commonly used for big game hunting and a rifled shotgun using slugs suitable for deer. The shotgun firearms will be fired at targets set up at 50 yards.

Attendees are welcome to come for all or just a portion of the afternoon. Visitors are also welcome to bring their own firearm and ammunition (lead bullet or slug) to use as part of the demonstration.

For more information contact Mick Siems at 218-205-7345.

Directions from Fergus Falls to the range: Highway 210 West to French elevator. Head south on 138th Avenue to 220th Street and then to 135th Avenue. Take 135th Avenue south for 3 miles. Travel west onto 190th for approximately one-half mile.

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