Biodegradable wads continue move to eco-friendly shooting
My usual New Year’s Resolutions are to pay down my credit cards and to watch more Three Stooges shorts. This year I’ve added using environmentally-friendly ammo.
No more trips to Walmart to buy hugs packs of target load for me. There are manufacturers offering shotgun shells now that biodegrade quickly, including the wad.
Upon researching purchase options, I came across GreenOps Ammo, founded by marine scientists and hunters. The startup ammunition company is developing a line of shotgun shells designed to minimize environmental impact. All GreenOps shells incorporate a patentpending, Degradable Internal Casing wad (aka the DICwad™).
This from the website (no, I’m not making this up):
“Our injection-molded DICwads™ look and feel like traditional plastic wads, and most importantly, they perform like traditional plastic wads in standardized pattern tests and shot string performance. However, unlike conventional plastic shotgun wads, DICwads™ are fully biodegradable on land and in both marine and freshwater environments.” GreenOps says a full line of shotgun shells will be available this year.
As leading conservationists, hunters are always looking for ways to preserve the integrity of the land. Moving fully to nontoxic, biodegradable ammo is another great step in the right direction.
As you no doubt already know, unlike the casing that can often be easily picked up and disposed of (it’s still trash, but can be recycled), plastic wads travel significant distances after the gun is fired and cannot usually be easily recovered. Hunting for waterfowl, the plastic wads are routinely discharged into the water. Having learned more recently about microplastic pollution in our waterways, I’m determined to make sure I don’t contribute more to the problem.
According to an article in the Bay Journal, an estimated 10 to 15 billion plastic shotgun wads are produced annually and they are one of the most common items collected during beach cleanups. They’ve also been found in the stomachs of albatross and other ocean foraging birds, the plastic pronged wads perhaps mistaken for squid.
Let’s continue the tradition of outdoorsmen and women keeping the great outdoors great by switching to biodegradable ammo.
Manufacturers currently offering biodegradable shell components include