SCI and Partners Move to Protect Hunting and Fishing on Canaan Valley NWR

Last week, SCI, the National Rifle Association, and Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation moved to jointly intervene in a case to defend the use of lead ammunition and fishing tackle on Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge in West Virginia.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was recently sued for its 2022 decision not to implement a plan to eventually phase out the use of lead ammo and tackle on the Refuge.  Although the Service initially proposed to pledge to phase out lead usage, it declined to finalize the plan after West Virginia, and many others including SCI, opposed the Service’s proposal.  Moving to intervene in this case continues SCI’s years of advocacy related to the use of traditional ammunition.  Many hunters prefer to use lead ammo because it is more familiar, widely available, and more affordable, and SCI will continue to defend the use of lead ammunition on federal lands throughout the United States.