A live bald eagle from The Raptor Center of Minnesota will be on display Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Cabela’s in Rogers, Minn., according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Representatives from the DNR’s Nongame Wildlife Program and The Raptor Center will also be available to answer questions about bald eagles and eagle conservation in Minnesota.
The DNR, The Raptor Center and Cabela’s have teamed up to promote a variety of new copper rifle and shotgun ammunition for deer hunting. This is the first eagle-safe event to promote copper ammunition for deer hunting by a major outdoor retailer in the nation.
“This ammo has proven to be ballistically superior to lead bullets,” said Carrol Henderson, supervisor, DNR Nongame Wildlife Program. “It is more accurate, penetrates better and has more knock-down ability than comparable lead bullets. This is great news for deer hunters, and copper bullets are also not toxic to bald eagles, which routinely scavenge on deer gut-piles.”
According to Henderson, the cost of copper ammo is higher than for lead bullets, but hunters have learned that they might only use five or six copper bullets per season if they sight in their guns with lead bullets then use the copper ones for the deer hunt. This way, a box of 20 copper bullets may last three to four years.
Attendees will also have opportunity to have their picture taken with a mounted bald eagle that will be on display.
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