Anglers and hunters are objecting to Ottawa's plans to phase out lead in ammunition and fishing tackle. The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters note the most popular calibres for hunters aren't available in a lead-free option.

A .303 surplus Enfield rifle is the most popular for hunting deer or moose, but ammunition in this calibre isn't available, the federation noted. More than half of respondents in a survey said access to lead-free options was either 'poor' or 'very poor.'

The federation also notes there's a deterrent for anglers and resort owners, who say about 75 per cent of their tackle contains lead. In a letter to the federal government, the conservation group noted a survey that said 29 per cent of anglers would fish for fewer species -- or fish less often -- if the ban on lead tackle were implemented.

The OFAH has more than 100,000 members in 740 clubs in the province. They were offering feedback on the policy papers issued by Environment and Climate Change Canada.

For more information:

OFAH letter

Towards lead-free tackle

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