Iowa to revisit ban on lead shot for dove hunting

Ag/Outdoor, Sports

January 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa lawmakers are expected to take up the issue of using lead shot in dove hunting this year. The issue surfaced in 2011 ahead of the state’s first dove season in 90 years. The Natural Resources Commission banned lead shot over concerns that it has been linked to the poisoning of birds and other animals. But hunters say lead shot is less expensive and more effective than alternatives. A legislative panel voted in August against the commission’s ban, saying it’s a decision the Legislature should make. If lawmakers don’t act on the issue, the ban will go into effect. The Des Moines Register says Sen. Dick Dearden says he’ll seek a vote this year. The Des Moines Democrat introduced the original dove hunting bill.