I think you've been misinformed. At this point there is no official lead ban, though the idea was discussed at the recent meetings in St Cloud.
Theres a recent article in the Duluth News Tribune that talks a bit about it.
http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/articl ... Sam%20Cook
And while the cost issue is big for me, I can't say I totally object to the idea of an all out lead ban. In the meantime, your lead is still good in most cases.
If you hunt public land, excepting Waterfowl Production Areas, you can still carry lead. So, in most cases, lead for pheasants is still a go. It's importantto know the regs, and in some cases, you SHOULD have steel - especially if the day includes watefowl hunting as well, or you are in an area that requires non-tox.
So basically, use that stuff up - I think it's gonna happen in MN sooner than later, but for 2008, I doubt they will make that change wholesale.