Course I'd never say I told ya so, but the Iowa Senate on Tuesday authorized 30-18 a mourning dove hunting season; the House now will pass it, too; and what currently passes for a governor has said he'll sign it.
So Iowa will become the 40th state where these little birds can be used for target practice. Although a few proponents say they'll actually dress, cook and eat the doves they kill, most freely admit target practice is what it's all about --- the thrill of the kill. There's hardly enough meat on a dove to eat, especially when it's full of shot.
Like I've said before, I have no particular problem with hunters --- who stalk game with the goal of putting it on the table. Those of us who do our hunting in front of meat case at HyVee have little cause to be uppity on this score. But killing just to kill is another matter.
Can't blame the Republicans for this one either, darn it. Most of 'em still are works of the devil, but this was a bipartisan effort.
It's been illegal to hunt doves in Iowa since 1918, although a bill authorizing it passed both houses in 2001. Gov. Tom Vilsack, a Democrat, vetoed it that time.
Now we can kill the suckers --- now that's a mighty legislative achievement.