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Governor Granholm Signs <br> Michigan Dove Hunting Bill

Friday, June 18, 2004

FAIRFAX, VA-- With strong support from gun owners and sportsmen across Michigan, today Governor Jennifer Granholm signed legislation (HB 5029) legalizing dove hunting for the first time in nearly a hundred years. Michigan becomes the 41st state with an established dove hunting season.

"Michigan’s hunters and sportsmen have long awaited this historic day," said Chris W. Cox, NRA’s chief lobbyist. "On behalf of tens of thousands of Michigan NRA members, I want to thank Governor Granholm for recognizing the importance of dove hunting to sportsmen and signing this law.

"I would especially like to acknowledge the hard work of bill sponsor Rep. Susan Tabor and supporters in the Legislature. And, as always, a special thanks is extended to the countless NRA members and gun owners who made phone calls and sent letters in favor of bringing dove hunting to Michigan," concluded Cox.

This year’s dove season will bring an additional $87 million to Michigan’s economy. Michigan is the second state this year to establish a dove hunting season. Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty signed a similar law last month.

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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.
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