Lawmakers block Iowa DNR attempt to ban lead shot for dove-hunting
A panel of Iowa lawmakers this morning blocked the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ proposal to force hunters to use nontoxic shot for dove-hunting starting with the inaugural season Sept. 1.
Members of the Iowa Natural Resource Commission said lead shot poisons eagles and other wildlife and should be avoided whenever possible. The commission voted to include the ban in rules setting the state’s first dove season even though lawmakers defeated an amendment meant to do the same thing last session.
That angered lawmakers, who said DNR overstepped its bounds. Members of the Iowa Administrative Rules Review Committee voted to let lawmakers decide the issue next session.
The season will go on as planned, but lead shot will be allowed. If lawmakers don’t act on the lead shot issue next session, the ban would take effect when the Legislature adjourns.