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More to ‘The Hull Story’

Bio-Wad Decomposing in Water
The Bio-Wad after experiencing just over a month of decomposition in a bowl of water. (NEBRASKAland/Justin Haag)
Kent Cartridge's Bio-Wad and Velocity shotgun shells
Kent Cartridge’s Velocity shotgun shells which feature a “photodegradable” wad, and three of the Bio-Wads. One of the Bio-Wads is featured in the photo at top. (NEBRASKAland/Justin Haag)

Readers who received the November issue of NEBRASKAland may have seen “The Hull Story,” my article about eco-friendly components in shotgun shells. The story was inspired by a February visit to a public hunting area dotted with a considerable number of wads and hulls.

JH20131024_1752.tifAs an update, above is a photo of one of the Bio-Wads that Kent Cartridge sent to me. As you can see, its fiber composition is looking pretty rough after soaking in a bowl of water near my desk for just over a month. While it may not be completely in pieces, it has unraveled and become weakened to the point that just a little activity would surely finish the job – way, way ahead of where a plastic one would be in the same situation. Furthermore, this was a brand new wad that didn’t sustain damage from the firing process, or any exposure to wind, sun and temperature fluctuations. A blast from the end of the barrel and exposure to the elements would no doubt speed things up exponentially.

I commend GreenOps Ammo, Kent and other cartridge manufacturers who are taking the environment into consideration and am hopeful eco-friendly components in ammunition become common. As leading conservationists, hunters will always be looking for ways both big and small to preserve the integrity of the land. Let’s add this one to the list.

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About justin haag

Justin Haag serves the Panhandle as a public information officer for the Commission, also serving as regional editor for NEBRASKAland Magazine. Haag was raised in southwestern Nebraska, where he developed a love for fishing, hunting and other outdoor pursuits. After earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Chadron State College in 1996, he worked four years as an editor and reporter at newspapers in Chadron and McCook. Prior to joining the Commission in 2013, he worked 12 years as a communicator at Chadron State, serving as the institution’s media and public relations coordinator the last five. He and his wife, Cricket, live in Chadron, and enjoy introducing their two children to the many outdoor recreational opportunities of the Pine Ridge region.

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