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New York: Mourning Dove Hunting Legislation Now Pending in Senate Committee

Friday, June 1, 2012

Pro-hunting legislation has been introduced in the New York Senate.  Senate Bill 6968, sponsored by state Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-50), would classify mourning doves as “migratory game birds,” ultimately allowing for the creation of a dove hunting season.

Mourning doves are the most popular and abundant game bird hunted in America and there is no biological justification to deny New Yorkers the right to hunt them.  Mourning doves are regulated as migratory game birds by the federal government, but they are not classified as such by the state of New York.  Because mourning doves are not classified as a “migratory game bird” species, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is unable to establish a dove hunting season.

Currently, forty of the lower forty-eight states have mourning dove hunting seasons, and federal regulations allow states in the eastern U.S. to select seasons up to 70 days in length, between September 1 and January 15, with a daily bag limit of 15 doves.  "There is no biological reason why doves could not be hunted in New York,” according to the DEC’s website.  It is about time that sportsmen are provided the opportunity to hunt mourning doves in New York.

Senate Bill 6968 is currently pending in the state Senate Environmental Conservation Committee. Contact members of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee TODAY and respectfully urge them to support of S.6968!

Senate Environmental Conservation Committee

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60), Chairman

Senator Tony Avella (D-11)

Senator Adriano Espaillat (D-31)

Senator Owen H. Johnson (R-4)

Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-1)

Senator Betty Little (R-45)

Senator Carl L Marcellino (R-5)

Senator George D. Maziarz (R-62)

Senator Thomas F. O'Mara (R-53)

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-37)

Senator Bill Perkins (D-30)

Senator José M. Serrano (D-28)

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-35)

Senator Catharine Young (R-57)



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