New Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Reverses Lead Ammo Ban

by
posted on March 7, 2017
zinke_interior.jpg

During his first day on the job as Secretary of the Interior, Montana’s Ryan Zinke issued two secretarial orders that made his allegiance to American hunters clear: Secretarial Order 3346 overturning Director’s Order No. 219—which had planned to ban the use of all lead ammunition and fishing tackle on national wildlife refuges by 2022; and Secretarial Order 3347 advancing conservation stewardship, improving game and habitat management and increasing outdoor recreation opportunities by directing bureaus and agencies to immediately identify areas where recreation and fishing can be expanded.

Director's Order 219 had originally raised a furor among sportsmen, after outgoing U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe issued it on Jan. 19, just before leaving office.

“Outdoor recreation is about both our heritage and our economy,” said Zinke, in a Department of the Interior news release. “Between hunting, fishing, motorized recreation, camping and more, the industry generates thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity. Over the past eight years, however, hunting, and recreation enthusiasts have seen trails closed and dramatic decreases in access to public lands across the board. It worries me to think about hunting and fishing becoming activities for the land-owning elite. This package of secretarial orders will expand access for outdoor enthusiasts and also make sure the community's voice is heard.”

NRA has praised Zinke for reversing the ammunition ban, which would have impacted all lands, waters and facilities managed by the USFWS.

NRAHLF.org has full coverage of Zinke's secretarial orders, as well as an official statement on the issues by Chris Cox, available here.

Latest

2022 GBA AOTY Winchester 6.8 Western Lead
2022 GBA AOTY Winchester 6.8 Western Lead

2022 Ammo of the Year: Winchester 6.8 Western

Any way you cut it, this cartridge is a long-range winner. It maintains its energy at distance, and it’s plenty accurate, too.

Pioneering Wild Turkey Research Underway

The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) is helping fund a new wild-turkey research project conducted by Mississippi State University and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

2022 Optic of the Year: ATN ThOR 4 Thermal Riflescope

ATN Corp. sits at the cutting edge of consumer-based thermal technology, and its ThOR 4 Series 640x480 2.5-25x50mm is the best such riflescope it offers.

Federal Ammunition Raises $218,000 for Local Organizations

In celebration of Federal’s 100th Anniversary, Federal will be donating more than $218,000 dollars to local organizations in support of their critical missions.

Federal Duck Stamps for 2022-23 Season on Sale

The 2022-23 Federal Duck Stamp goes on sale Friday, June 24. The stamps, which cost $25 and raise about $40 million for conservation each year, are valid from July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023.

2022 Muzzleloader of the Year: CVA Paramount HTR .40-Caliber

With its hunting-style stock, adjustable comb and premium Bergara barrel, the .40-caliber CVA Paramount HTR is capable of producing centerfire velocities previously thought unattainable from a muzzleloader.

Interests



Get the best of American Hunter delivered to your inbox.