Study Background and Questions

Environment and Climate Change Canada requires information on the uses of lead ammunition in Canada. Lead is associated with risks to human health and the environment. A State of the Science report published by Health Canada in 2013 indicated that there were no safe blood lead levels for neurotoxicity. There is a growing awareness that significant lead exposure can occur from eating game meat contaminated with lead ammunition fragments. In addition, there are concerns regarding potential for wildlife toxicity.

The overall objective of this study is to gather information on current uses of lead ammunition in Canada using a wide variety of different sources. The purpose of this survey form is to gather information directly from hunters in Canada to ensure the perspectives and experience of hunters is captured by the study.

Toxecology – Environmental Consulting Ltd has been retained by the Federal Government to gather the required information. If you have any questions regarding the survey please contact Dr. Pamela Campbell (604) 899-3388; Email: Campbell_pm@telus.net. Your participation in this survey is important. The data you provide via this survey is secure – it will transmitted securely by Fluid Surveys/Survey Monkey directly to Dr. P.M. Campbell only and will be protected as confidential business information. You may also choose to return this survey anonymously – just do not give your name on the form – but we do request you provide us with some details on your uses of ammunition and your location (Province) so that we can combine responses appropriately in the analysis. We recognize that you are busy and appreciate you taking the time to complete this survey – as a small token of appreciation we will enter your name into a draw for a $100 gift card for Chapters/Indigo. If you wish to be entered into the draw your response to this survey must be returned by the deadline of January 31st, 2017. In order to be entered into the draw you must also complete the last question - this contact information will only be used if you win the draw so that we can get the gift card to you, it will not be used for any other purpose.

* 1. Where do you live?

* 2. Where do you usually hunt? (You can tick multiple locations if relevant)

* 3. What activities using ammunition do you participate in each year? Select all that apply.

* 4. What type and size of ammunition do you typically use for each activity? Please specify if the ammunition you use is lead or non-lead e.g. Shooting  - trap/skeet shooting: '12 gauge lead shotgun shells'

* 5. In the last 12 months how many rounds/shots did you discharge for each activity you participated in? An estimated range is fine e.g. Shooting - trap/skeet: '300-400 rounds'

* 6. Where do you buy your ammunition from? (select all that apply)

* 7. Please describe your experience with non-lead ammunition in the text box below (e.g. Is it available for you to buy where you usually buy your ammunition? What is your experience with non-lead ammunition performance, price, and any other factors you feel are relevant? If you haven't tried non-lead ammunition - please state this below)

* 8. If you have any other comments you would like to add please provide these below.

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