As someone that has hunted, fished, hiked and camped for more than 40 years– mostly on public lands– a recent outing to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans struck me. A recent addition to the AoA is the Washed Ashore exhibit which “features larger-than-life aquatic animal sculptures crafted from plastic trash collected from beaches.”
Sure, I have followed the “leave nothing but footprints” mantra for decades, pass it on when conducting Hunters Ed classes, and pitch in during regular beach cleanups, but what piqued my interests with these big plastic creations was the number of plastic shotgun hulls they contained.
So with that in mind, please pass it on to others hunting on public lands to keep them clean by picking up used shells and flagging at the end of their hunt.
It’s not just unsightly, it’s downright irresponsible.