Iowa commission approves dove hunting, adds non-toxic shot requirement

Final approval of a rule that will allow the hunting of mourning
doves in Iowa was approved Thursday by the Iowa Natural Resource
Commission which also added an amendment that would require hunters
to use non-toxic shot.

The non-toxic shot requirement follows several discussions by the
commission during the past year concerning the impacts of lead shot
to the environment and on wildlife. Lead – or toxic – shot used in
hunting can be ingested by wildlife. There has been a national ban
on the use of lead shot for waterfowl hunting since 1991 with
non-toxic shot for waterfowl being in place in Iowa since
1987.

The rules approved by the commission allow for a dove season
starting Sept. 1st and ending Nov. 9th. The final rule allows the
harvest of 15 doves a day and can be either mourning or Eurasian
collared-doves. The possession limit is 30 and the season is open
state-wide.

Commissioners added and approved an amendment on Thursday that
would require hunters to only use non-toxic shot while hunting
doves anywhere in the state of Iowa.

The decision to ban toxic shot for dove hunting was based largely
on the fact that much of the hunting occurs over a small area which
would increase the likelihood of lead concentrations being
created.

“There will be a number of hunters who will be opposed to this
decision, but at the end of the day, this action by the commission
will help protect Iowa’s environment and wildlife from the adverse
affects of lead,” said DNR Director Roger Lande.

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