Study finds less lead exposure in black powder cartridges; Day-old chicks; Life cycles; Club news

Researchers from the Oregon Department of Fisheries [and Wildlife] working out of Oregon State University recently published a study showing that bullets used in black powder muzzleloading rifle cartridges experience less fragmentation on impact than high-velocity rifle bullets. The study suggests that black powder projectiles scattering fewer lead fragments in wild-killed game, presenting on consumption a reduced risk of secondary lead poisoning. The reduced poisoning risk might extend to scavenging animals that eat carrion containing lead fragments.

Pennsylvania’s inline muzzleloader deer season ran Oct. 15-22. A statewide season for flintlock sporting arms closed last week, and a special flintlock season in three Wildlife Management Units, including the Pittsburgh area’s 2B, continues through Jan. 28.

Hunters value bullet fragmentation. The bullet makes a small entrance wound, but shards of lead spread through the animal’s body and exit through a large wound, ensuring a clean quick kill. Human consumption of food with lead shards, however, has been proven to increase the risk of poisoning.