Hunters who remove gut piles entered into raffle - KCTV5

Hunters who remove gut piles entered into raffle

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PHOENIX (AP) -

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is responding to a shortage of non-lead ammunition by entering hunters into a raffle if they remove lead-tainted gut piles.

Lead ammunition is the leading cause of death for the endangered California condor.

Hunters who draw a tag in the condor's range in northern Arizona get a free box of non-lead ammunition, but the department says it's in short supply.

Officials are encouraging hunters to remove gut piles of animals shot with lead ammunition and bring them to a check station to be entered into the raffle. The prizes include a trip on the Grand Railway, passes to Grand Canyon National Park and gift cards.

The department says 85 percent to 90 percent of hunters voluntarily use non-lead ammunition or remove gut piles.

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