Lead Shot vs. Steel Shot

In more and more areas, laws require waterfowl hunters to use steel shot rather than the traditional (and toxic) lead shot. But even if given the option, many hunters are confused by the distinction. In this article we hope to clear it up.

lead shot, steel shot - geese in flight
From the standpoint of a goose encountering them as projectiles, lead shot and steel shot are about the same. But only lead shot contaminates the environment afterwards, if it fails to find its mark.
Photo by Bruce Coleman