By Reese Johnson via wideopenspaces.com
The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department has completed a two-year study of dove hunting, comparing the effectiveness of lead shot versus non-toxic shot. This was a “double-blind” study with neither hunters nor observers knowing what they were shooting to remove bias. Both hunters and and observers recorded data based on these hunts to determine the effectiveness of the loads. The results may surprise you . . .
In the end, lead and non-toxic performed virtually equivalently in the field. There was no significant data pointing either way to give one an edge. The main difference between the two loads is price because of the metals used.
Whether lead or non-toxic shot is used will remain a variable and a concern between private and state hunting areas. It’s key to know your local regulations and what’s required in your area, however you can feel safe in knowing that your steel shot will pile up those doves just the same.