From the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune:

_Some lead bullets fired from high-powered rifles scatter lead fragments much farther into deer than hunters might assume, according to a Department of Natural Resources study released Tuesday.

That means the state’s venison processors and 500,000 deer hunters must trim much farther from wound channels to avoid lead contamination.

Lead was found up to 18 inches from wound channels in a study on sheep conducted by the DNR in July, said Lou Cornicelli, DNR big game program leader. . . .

“Some high-velocity lead bullets break apart almost instantly, throwing small pieces of metal all over the place,” Cornicelli said._

Be sure to check out the full story, with new details on which types of bullets fragmented and dispersed most, and new recommendation on trimming, washing, and handling your venison.