MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- State wildlife officials are urging deer hunters to use alternative ammunition this fall to reduce the risk of lead poisoning.
The state Department of Natural Resources says shooting deer with lead ammunition can leave tiny lead particles or fragments in the deer's body far from the wound channel.
No evidence links human consumption of venison to lead poisoning. But the DNR says the risk shouldn't be ignored.
Hunters should consider using copper or other high-weight retention bullets and practice their marksmanship so they can make cleaner, deadlier shots away from major muscle areas.
People also should avoid eating the deer's organs because they can contain lead from heart and lung shots.
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