From U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance
-- Legislation that will ban the hunting of mourning doves in Minnesota is being heard today by committees in the Minnesota House of Representatives and the Minnesota Senate.
Sportsmen's grassroots action against House File 2501 and Senate File 2329 is imperative if this threat is to be stopped.
If passed, these measures would ban hunting for the nation's #1 game bird, the mourning dove. In fact, more people hunt mourning doves across the U.S. than ducks and geese combined.
Anti-hunting groups have wanted to take the season away since sportsmen successfully fought to get it established in 2004. Mourning dove hunting is a time honored tradition in 40 states, including Minnesota, and there is simply no justification for ending the hunt.
"Minnesota sportsmen must take immediate action to stop this impending threat," said Rob Sexton, vice president of government affairs for the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance (USSA). "Anti-hunters see these bills as a foothold in Minnesota to attack hunting again."
The USSA worked with Minnesota sportsmen's groups to pass mourning dove hunting legislation in 2004.
Minnesota sportsmen must contact their legislators today to urge them to oppose banning mourning dove hunting in Minnesota.
To find your State Representative call the information desk at 651-296-2146 and ask them to transfer you to your representative. Ask your representative to oppose House File 2501.
To find your State Senator call the information desk at 651-296-0504 and ask them to transfer you to your senator. Ask your senator to opposed Senate File 2329.
Legislator contact information can also be found by using the Legislative Action Center at www.ussportsmen.org.
The U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance is a national association of sportsmen and sportsmen's organizations that protect the rights of hunters, anglers and trappers in the courts, legislatures, at the ballot, in Congress and through public education programs. For more information about the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance and its work, call (614) 888-4868 or visit its website, www.ussportsmen.org.