Wednesday, February 1st, 2023
Wednesday, February 1st, 2023

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Iowa reverses course – will allow dove hunters to use lead shot

In a release sent out Aug. 16, the Iowa Department of Natural
Resources announced that dove hunters will be able to use lead shot
this fall, with some exceptions. This represents a reversal of an
earlier regulation requiring the use of lead alternatives in the
dove fields… 

Here is the release from Iowa DNR:

Hunters who plan to pursue doves this fall will be allowed to
use lead shot except on wildlife areas that require the use of
non-toxic shot for hunting any species, except deer and turkey,
which are listed on p. 16 of the Iowa Hunting and Trapping
regulations booklet available at more than 800 locations in Iowa
and online at

The correction in the regulations booklet is on p. 3 under the
heading Highlights or Changes to the 2011-2012 Hunting and Trapping
Regulations that states: Hunters are required to use non-toxic shot
to hunt doves.

The non-toxic shot requirement was discussed during the
Administrative Rules Review Committee Tuesday that placed a session
delay on it to allow the Iowa legislature to address the

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