Federal Regulations


FEDERAL REGULATIONS PROHIBITING THE USE OF LEAD AMMUNITION


1991 Nationwide Ban on Lead Shot for Hunting Migratory Birds

The 50 Code of Federal Regulations §20.21 prohibits, in any state, the hunting of migratory birds during open season with shot for muzzle loading or shotshells containing anything other than approved shot types and containing less than 1 percent residual lead.

The 50 Code of Federal Regulations §32.2 prohibits the possession of anything other than approved shot while on Waterfowl Production Areas, or on certain other areas of the National Wildlife Refuge System as indicated by refuge headquarters. Where turkey and deer hunting are allowed, use of slugs and shot containing lead are permitted to hunt these species, unless prohibited by refuge-specific regulations and or State law.  See the list below for National Wildlife Refuges in each state that restrict possession of lead ammunition.

ArizonaN/A
ArkansasThe federal regulation prohibits the possession of lead ammunition while hunting upland game at the Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge. (see 50 CFR 32.23).
CaliforniaN/A
ColoradoN/A
ConnecticutN/A
DelawareN/A
FloridaN/A
GeorgiaN/A
HawaiiN/A
IdahoN/A
IllinoisThe federal regulation permits the possession of approved nontoxic shot while hunting for upland game except turkey at Great River National Wildlife Refuge.

The federal regulation permits the possession of approved shot while hunting upland game at Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge. (see 50 CFR 32.32).
IndianaN/A
IowaN/A
KansasN/A
KentuckyN/A
LouisianaThe federal regulation permits the use and possession of lead shot for turkey hunting in Lake Ophelia National Wildlife Refuge. (see 50 CFR 32.37).
MaineN/A
MarylandN/A
MassachusettsN/A
MichiganN/A
MinnesotaThe federal regulation permits lead shot for hunting turkey at the Minnesota Value National Wildlife Refuge only. (see 50 CFR 32.42).
MissouriN/A
MontanaN/A
NebraskaN/A
NevadaThe federal regulation prohibits the use or possession of lead shots at the Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge. (see 50 CFR 32.47).
New HampshireN/A
New JerseyN/A
New MexicoN/A
New YorkN/A
North CarolinaN/A
North DakotaN/A
OhioN/A
OklahomaN/A
OregonN/A
PennsylvaniaN/A
Rhode IslandN/A
South CarolinaN/A
South DakotaN/A
TennesseeThe federal regulation permits the use of lead shot while deer hunting on the refuge and possession of only approved nontoxic shot while hunting turkey at the Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge.

The federal regulation permits the use of lead shot while deer hunting at the Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge.

The federal regulation permits the use of lead shot while deer hunting at the Lower Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge.
TexasN/A
UtahN/A
VermontN/A
VirginiaN/A
WashingtonN/A
West VirginiaThe federal regulation permits the use of ammunition containing a single lead projectile for big game hunting and prohibits the use of buckshot at the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge. ( see 50 CFR 32.68).
WisconsinN/A
WyomingN/A