"This is a significant moment for hunters and NRA members across the state," said Chris W. Cox, NRA`s chief lobbyist. "The men and women of Minnesota have made their voices heard-- they do not want animal rights extremists making crucial decisions about their sport and hunting traditions. Establishing a mourning dove season in Minnesota is a victory for the American hunting heritage of this popular and common game bird.
"Thanks to the strong bi-partisan support of this legislation, the people of Minnesota will finally have the opportunity to participate in one of America`s oldest and cherished pastimes," added Cox. "On behalf of Minnesota`s NRA members, sportsmen and hunters, I want to thank Governor Pawlenty and all of the Senators and Representatives who supported this historic legislation. I would especially like to thank Speaker Steve Sviggum and Senator Pat Pariseau for their hard work and perseverance to reestablish this important tradition for future generations."
Visit http://www.nraila.org/images/dove0504.jpgto view a map of states with dove hunting seasons.
The National Rifle Association is the nation`s leader in protecting the right to hunt for all law-abiding Americans. Along with approximately 17 million American hunters and many national conservation organizations, NRA is working to preserve the American hunting tradition for future generations. Hunters and sportsmen play a pivotal role in America`s economy and society, and have been leaders in promoting wildlife management and conservation. Since 1939, hunters and shooters have paid over $4 billion in excise taxes on sporting equipment. Hunters and fishermen fund nearly 75% of the annual income for all 50 state conservation agencies. And, hunters contribute $21 billion to the American economy each year.