Iowa Gov. Saves Use of Lead Ammo for Dove Hunting

Almost immediately following the Iowa state legislature's 2011 dove-hunting bill—which gave Hawkeye sportsmen their first dove season in nearly a century—a battle over the use of traditional (lead) ammo ensued.

First the Iowa Natural Resources Commission instituted a lead ban, which was in turn postponed by the state legislature's Administrative Rules Review Committee. The postponement was intended to allow the state legislature time to rule on traditional ammo, and thereby allowed lead shot for the 2011 season.

In the next legislative cycle, the House approved the use of lead ammo for dove hunting, but the Senate did not reciprocate. So, it looked like Iowa dove hunters would be forced to shoot pricey non-toxic ammo during the 2012 season. But on Friday pro-hunting Gov. Terry Branstad stepped in, signing an executive order to permanently allow lead shot for hunting doves in Iowa.

"I’m basically correcting the failure to act on the part of the Senate on this critical issue,” Gov. Branstad told the Associated Press. Branstad said that when the Iowa legislature passed a dove-hunting law in 2011, it gave the Natural Resources Commission the power to set season dates, but not to restrict dove hunters to non-lead ammunition.

But this fight may be far from over. The Sierra Club (which still insists it's not an anti-hunting group) has vowed to sue.

What's your opinion on attempts to ban lead ammunition?

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1 Response to Iowa Gov. Saves Use of Lead Ammo for Dove Hunting

TIM BROOKS wrote:
May 23, 2012

THESE ANTI HUNTING NUTS ARE TRYING TO STOP OR HARASS HUNTERS THERE IS NO KILLING PROOF THAT LEADI SHOTIS KILLING OTHER ANIMALS IN FACT STEEL SHOT WOUNDS MORE BIRDS THEN IT SAVES WAY TO GO GOV