Anti-Dove Hunting Bill Introduced in Iowa
Posted on March 8, 2013
Just two years after establishing a dove hunting season, Iowa sportsmen
again find themselves facing its threatened closure. Animal rights and
anti-hunting groups, upset over the newly created season, are pushing
Iowa House File 291, sponsored by Representative Mary Mascher (D-Iowa
City). The measure would ban mourning dove hunting in the state by
removing them as a game bird from state law.
“Anti-hunting organizations have not given up their fight to ban dove
hunting,” said Evan Heusinkveld, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance director of
government affairs. “Iowa sportsmen must contact their state
representatives in opposition to this hunting ban.”
In 2011, after more than a decade of work by sportsmen, Iowa became the
41st state to permit dove hunting when the state legislature passed
Senate File 464. Doves are one of the most popular and abundant game
animals in the country.
Take Action! Iowa sportsmen should contact their state representatives
and ask them to vote no on House File 291. Visit USSA’s Legislative
Action Center to find your state representative’s contact information.