About Us

Working for a Future Rich in Healthy Wildlife Populations

This website has been constructed by a group of hunters who are committed to ensuring that hunting continues as a respected tradition - one that contributes to sound wildlife management. Some of us are also wildlife biologists and/or land managers who work with eagles and condors. It was through this work that we became aware of lead bullet fragmentation as a wildlife health issue. We found birds becoming sick and even dying of lead poisoning. As hunters, it was then a natural progression for us to begin to question to what extent our families may be at risk by eating game meat shot with lead bullets. Looking into it further, we found that non-lead alternatives exist that are as effective as lead bullets, but without fragmenting.

We remain avid hunters and are committed to promoting hunting practices that minimize unintended consequences to both people and wildlife.

Common Goals

We share most of the same objectives as other shooting sports enthusiasts as it relates to hunting and game management. Our common goals include:

1. Ensure Hunting Continues

Everyone involved in assembling this content believes that hunting should continue to be a part of how we gather food, manage wildlife populations, and recreate. We reject the position that some non-profit organizations have put forward to ban hunting.

2. Maintain Open Space

For healthy and abundant wildlife populations, we need to work toward maintaining open landscapes. Working ranches, well managed public spaces, effective private reserves all play a role in maintaining adequate open space for wildlife.

3. Protect Non-target Wildlife

Hunters have a longstanding tradition of minimizing collateral damage to species not being pursued. The adoption of non-lead shotgun pellet laws by waterfowl hunters has saved millions of ducks, geese, and scavengers from ingesting spent lead shot in wetlands (full text of study).


The Institute for Wildlife Studies is a not-for-profit organization that has assisted the National Park Service in removing feral hogs from Pinnacles National Monument. Since 2004, staff with both organizations have gained extensive experience with non-lead ammo during the culling of more than 300 hogs. Based on these real world evaluations of non-lead ammo, we have found copper bullets to be extremely accurate and lethal.

Ben Smith - a   lifelong outdoors enthusiast from Davis, CA who enjoys hunting for pigs, deer, and ducks. He studied at Humboldt State University and is now the Non-Lead Outreach Coordinator for the
Institute for Wildlife Studies



Jim Petterson - lifelong hunter from Idaho, also a wildlife biologist who formerly worked with the National Park Service





Leland Brown - avid hunter and lifelong outdoorsman from New Hampshire, currently working as a wildlife biology consultant. Formerly worked for the Institute for Wildlife Studies doing wild pig control and hunter education & outreach.