Dove hunting takes off in Iowa, 42nd state to legalize it

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Posted: Sunday, August 18, 2013 12:00 am

DES MOINES (AP) — Dove hunting has been growing in popularity throughout Iowa since lawmakers legalized the sport in 2011 after years of sometimes angry debate, according to state officials.

As the Sept. 1 start of Iowa's third dove hunting season nears, officials at the State Department of Natural Resources said they're still learning how to manage the 70-day season. Dove hunting has been allowed only since 2011, when lawmakers changed state law and Gov. Terry Branstad signed the legislation.

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