Lead shot alternatives win U.S. OK Tungsten, tin materials not toxic to waterfowl

October 11, 1998|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has given temporary approval for the use of tungsten-iron and tungsten-polymer shot during the 1998-1999 waterfowl hunting seasons.

Tungsten-iron shot was approved for use last season, and the temporary approval has been extended for this season.

Tungsten-polymer, a new shot material, was submitted for approval this year.

Tests on both shot types have shown they pose little risk to waterfowl that ingest spent shot.

Lead shot was phased out earlier this decade because it was found to be toxic to ducks and geese that ingest it while feeding.

Four shot types are now available to waterfowl hunters -- steel, bismuth-tin, tungsten-iron and tungsten-polymer.

Annapolis' Wood honored

US Sailing has honored Jerry Wood of Annapolis with the association's first President's Industry Award for unique, individual contributions to sailing.

Wood, 74, founded the United States Sailboat Show in 1970 and the Annapolis Sailing School, which has introduced more than 140,000 people to sailing since 1959.

Wood "has reached beyond the physical boundaries of [Annapolis]," US Sailing president Jim Muldoon said, "drawing people from across the country into sailing and taking sailing to people in the country's farthest corners."

LeCompte WMA deer hunt

The Department of Natural Resources will allow muzzleloader hunting for the first time at LeCompte Wildlife Management Area during the deer firearms season Nov. 28-Dec. 12.

No other firearms will be allowed on the WMA.

For more information, call 410-376-3236.

Red Man qualifier

Chris Daves of Spring Grove, Va., won the recent Red Man Northeast Division qualifier tournament held on the Potomac River. Daves caught five bass weighing 19 pounds, 6 ounces, beating second-place Steven Esser of Waldorf by 1 pound.

Numbers wins series

Numbers, a One Design 48 skippered by America's Cup winner Russell Coutts of New Zealand, won the St. Francis Yacht Club's Big Boat Series sailed recently on San Francisco Bay.

illbruck-PINTA, driven by Whitbread Round the World Race winner Paul Cayard, finished second, a half-point behind the -leader.

Windquest, driven by Terry Hutchinson of Annapolis, finished in third place, only one point behind the leader.

Numbers was declared the winner of the four-day series after racing was cancelled on the final day because of lack of wind.

Pub Date: 10/11/98

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