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The Iowa House of Representatives passed legislation that enables the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to manage all migratory birds, including mourning doves.House File 43, also called the Game Management Bill, was passed by a vote of 57 to 41, over the objection of national anti-hunting organizations. The bill, sponsored by State Representative Richard Weidman, of Southwest Iowa, was supported by a large coalition of sportsmen organizations led by the Iowa Committee for the Wildlife Legislative Fund of America.The House vote is considered a major hurdle to establish dove hunting. Last year, the bill died when the Iowa House failed to take the measure up for a vote. House Majority Leader Christopher Rants, of Sioux City, promised to give sportsmen a vote. Today he delivered on that promise."Last year, Iowa sportsmen were very upset because they did not even get a vote one way or another," said Rob Sexton, WLFA's state services director. "We're very grateful not only that Rep. Rants made sure that we got a vote, but also that the members of the House listened to their constituents. Sportsmen owe all of the yes voters a huge thank you."Sportsmen were successful because a united coalition of organizations were willing to pull together to speak in one voice."We couldn't have done this without the Iowa State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Chapters of Pheasants Forever, the Izaak Walton League, Iowa Trappers Association, Iowa Bowhunter Association and the Des Moines Chapter of Safari Club International," said Sexton.The measure now moves on to the Senate where anti-hunting activists have promised a tough fight. Although the Senate passed dove-hunting legislation last session, Sexton warns sportsmen not to take the vote for granted."There are many new Senators after the 2000 election," he explained. "We need sportsmen to call their Senators more than ever and urge them to vote yes on House File 43, the Game Management Bill." Sportsmen can leave a message for their Senator by calling (515) 281-3371. Senators can also be contacted via the Legislative Action Center on the WLFA homepage or by filling out the Take Action Now icon above. Mike RossThe Cartridge GuysLife Member, North American Hunting ClubMember, National Rifle AssociationMember, Meeker Co. Historical Society
 
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