Woods and Waters An outdoor blog by John McCoy

Officials of the National Park Service believe they’re “doing the right thing” by attempting to eliminate lead ammunition and fishing tackle from all national park properties.

Problem is, an awful lot of West Virginians use lead bullets, lead shot, lead-head jigs, lead-head spinnerbaits, lead-head buzzbaits and lead sinkers when they hunt and fish in and around the New River Gorge.

State fish and wildlife officials fear that a ban might suppress hunting and fishing along southern West Virginia’s New, Gauley and Bluestone rivers — all of which fall under Park Service jurisdiction in places.

Park Service officials have promised to solicit public input before making a final decision on the subject. Those discussions should be lively indeed.

The full story can be found in this Sunday Gazette-Mail report.