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Victory for NRA and Hunters: Minnesota Reinstates Dove Hunting After 57-year Ban

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

FAIRFAX, VA-- In an historic vote, law-abiding sportsmen and women will enjoy a dove hunting season in Minnesota for this first time since 1946. Despite efforts from anti-hunting groups to block the legislation, the Minnesota Legislature voted overwhelmingly to pass the Omnibus Game and Fish Bill (HF 2368) that places the mourning dove on the state`s game bird list. The bill is now headed to Governor Tim Pawlenty for his expected signature. Minnesota will be the 40th state with an established dove hunting season in America.

"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.

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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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