So, last session the IA Legislature voted to allow dove hunting in Iowa. season. I voted yes on the dove hunting bill, primarily because I got a lot of emails/calls from Clinton County hunters urging me to vote yes on the bill, and almost none urging me to vote no, and since it wasn’t a Constitutional issue, or an issue I felt strongly about one way or the other, I went with the majority. I did, however, propose an amendment to require non-lead shot when hunting doves , which was voted down, 30-51; the reason the majority gave for voting no on the amendment was that such details should be left to the Iowa National Resources Commission, as its members were better qualified to make such decisions.
So in July, Iowa’s National Resources Commission proposed a 70 day dove hunting season commencing annually on 9/1; the NRC also proposed that hunters would be required to use non-toxic ammunition when hunting doves. The Legislature’s Administrative Rule Review committee gave a thumbs up to the schedule proposed by the NRC, but overruled the NRC on the lead shot issue (apparently deciding that members of the Legislature are better qualified to make such decisions after all).
Thus, at some time in the near future, the House will be voting on House Joint Resolution 2001, which basically makes it OK for hunters to use lead shot when hunting doves. Between now and then, I will review the large amount of (conflicting) info I have been provided from proponents on both sides of the argument, and I would be happy to consider any additional input from my constituents on this issue. And here is a poll: