Iowa's new dove-hunting clinic
Why it matters: This year marks the 10th anniversary of when Iowa reversed a 1918 law that outlawed the sport.
- Let's just say some people's feathers are still ruffled.
Flashback: Former Gov. Terry Branstad signed the law and later issued an executive order that rescinded a DNR action prohibiting the use of lead shot to hunt doves.
- Lead can be toxic, but some hunters argued alternative ammunition was more costly and less effective.
- Groups such as the Sierra Club said the hunts were senseless, with some warning it could decimate bird populations.
- Efforts to reinstate the ban have been highly opposed by groups like the Sportsmen's Alliance.
Details: The workshops will be held Aug. 14 at the Butch Olofson Shooting Range in Polk City.
- Cost: $15-$45.
Of note: Mourning doves are the most abundant game bird in the nation and their populations are stable, according to information from the Iowa DNR and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
- The Loess Hills and southern part of Iowa have the largest populations.
Plan ahead: Iowa's next dove season is Sept. 1-Nov. 29.
- If you shoot a dozen, you can make Missouri's "Dove d'Elegence."
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