Starting July 1, 2015, nonlead ammunition will be required when
hunting on all California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) lands
and for all Nelson bighorn sheep hunts anywhere in the state.
CDFW reminds hunters who plan to hunt bighorn sheep or at any CDFW
wildlife area or ecological reserve where hunting is allowed on or after
July 1, 2015 to acquire nonlead ammunition well ahead of their hunt.
Hunters are also encouraged to practice shooting nonlead ammunition to
make sure firearms are sighted-in properly and shoot accurately with
nonlead ammunition. Nonlead ammunition for some firearm calibers may be
in short supply so hunters should plan accordingly.