DES MOINES - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has scheduled a public hearing on May 24 to discuss a proposed amendment that adds a mourning dove hunting season. The proposed dove hunting rules are included in the season information covering common snipe, Virginia rail and sora, woodcock and ruffed grouse.
The proposed mourning dove season would begin Sept. 1 and continue for 70 consecutive days. Proposed shooting hours would be from one half hour before sunrise to sunset each day. The daily bag limit would be 15 and possession limit would be 30. The entire state would be open to the hunting season.
Hunters will be required to have a plug in their gun that limits them to three shots.
The Eurasian collard dove or white-winged dove would not be included in the season unless the rule is amended. Currently, a migratory bird stamp is not required to hunt mourning doves in Iowa. Non-toxic shot requirement will apply on areas currently listed as non-toxic shot only.
The public hearing will begin at 1 p.m., May 24, in the auditorium on the second floor of the Wallace State Office Building in Des Moines. At the public hearing, persons may present their views either orally or in writing. Participants will be asked to give their names and addresses for the record and to confine their remarks to the proposal.
Any persons who intend to attend the public hearing and have special requirements such as those related to hearing or mobility impairments should contact the Department of Natural Resources and request specific accommodations.
Any interested person may make written suggestions or comments on the proposed amendment on or before May 24, 2011. Written comments may be directed to Wildlife Bureau Chief, Wallace State Office Building, 502 E. 9th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0034; by email at firstname.lastname@example.org; or by fax at 515-281-6794
Persons who wish to convey their comments orally may contact the wildlife Bureau by phone at 515- 281-5034 or by visiting the fourth floor of the Wallace State Office Building during regular business hours.