May 26, 2018
On today's episode we will be talking about something that has been a concern of mine for some time. We all take pride in bringing home clean meat to our families. After an animal is taken we all take care to cut around the entry and exit holes, making sure we get rid of bloodshot, pieces of the bullet, and damaged meat. But do we really get all the pieces of lead left by the bullet…….? As I researched the topic I found that it is nearly impossible to remove all the fragments from a lead bullet. Even the best bonded bullets on the market leave a trail of lead that can be seen on an xray. Less expensive bullets that aren't bonded look like a grenade went off. With the little research I did my concerns seemed valid and I made the switch to all copper bullets for my own peace of mind. This year at the NW Sportsman Show and I ran across the booth of Leland Brown. He is the coordinator of the Non-Lead Hunting Education program at the Oregon Zoo. I stood in front of it to take in the ballistic gel blocks and photo displays he had. Being a little apprehensive about what his agenda may be I didn't say anything at first. After a few awkward moments he asks me if he can answer any questions. I respond "So what is the purpose of this whole thing?". ……"Just education" he replies "just education"… So we began to talk. He answered a lot of the questions I had and as a fellow hunter he understands the concerns we have. From that conversation I made plans to sit down with him for this podcast. I think this is an important issue and needs to be part of the conversation when selecting bullets. I hope you enjoy the podcast…..
Check out the video version of this episode here. https://youtu.be/3G5aCBSf6eE