March 24, 2011
Iowa Dove Hunting Bill Passes, Goes Before Governor
By Chad Love
Remember that Humane Society poll that indicated a majority of of Iowans opposed dove hunting?
Apparently Iowa legislators didn’t get the memo, because a measure creating Iowa's first dove season has passed both houses and will now go to the governor for approval.
From this story on radioiowa.com
Iowa hunters may be able to legally shoot mourning doves this fall. It’s been illegal to hunt mourning doves for nearly a century in this state, but the Iowa House has endorsed the idea of allowing a dove hunting season here....Governor Branstad has promised to sign the bill into law. “I tell you, I know somebody that wants to be here for the bill signing: my son, Marcus,” Branstad said this afternoon during an interview with Radio Iowa. “He is really excited about this. This kid loves to hunt, a lot of different species, and this is one more.”
Then, in a rare speech on the House floor this afternoon, Branstad reminisced about dove-hunting debates of the past. “I also was a state representative in 1973 when we brought the dove bill out of committee. I got more hate mail on that issue than anything else,” Branstad said, with a laugh. On Tuesday, the Iowa Senate passed a bill that calls for a dove hunting season in Iowa and today House leaders used a complicated maneuver to pass that same legislation onto Branstad for his signature. Representative Mary Mascher, a Democrat from Iowa City, accused House Republican leaders of rushing the issue through so Iowans wouldn’t have a chance to voice their objections.