William Peterson

1921-1995
Inducted 1997

William Peterson spent some twenty years of his life on a crusade against the use of lead shot for waterfowl hunting. Discovering that thousands of ducks, geese, and other waterfowl were dying of lead poisoning from the ingestion of lead shot lying in shallow waters, Peterson traveled the state and nation to marshal support to require steel shot for waterfowl hunting. Though an unpopular stand, Peterson never backed down from his position and, in 1991, lead shot was banned from all waterfowl hunting in the U.S. The first Wisconsin resident so honored, Peterson received the Conservation Service Award, U.S. Department of Interior, 1978.