Non-toxic ammunition is required when:

Although it may be difficult to find, you can check local retailers. Also search for your caliber on Ammoseek, a helpful online site for locating all types of ammunition.

Box of shotgun shells containing non-toxic ammunitionThe DNR encourages hunters to consider using non-toxic alternatives for all of their hunting – not just ammunition legal for big game.

Lead is toxic, can affect wildlife health and reproduction and is fatal when ingested at higher levels. Effective non-toxic ammunition is widely available and costs about as much as a box of premium lead.

Using non-toxic shot also eliminates the potential risk of ingesting lead in game consumed by hunters and their families. A DNR study showed that's particularly true in venison.