SAMPLE LETTERS TO STATE LEGISLATORS
SAMPLE LETTER #1
The Honorable Jane Doe
Minnesota House of Representatives
St. Paul, MN 55155
Dear Representative Doe:
I am very concerned that the Minnesota Legislature is again considering a bill to legalize dove
hunting. I urge you to oppose dove hunting and any other bill to legalize dove hunting in
Minnesota. Similar legislation has been killed quickly in recent years, and I encourage you to
take action to stop this year's effort.
I live in Minneapolis and see and hear mourning doves every day. I personally enjoy listening to
the beautiful song of the mourning dove each morning. Mourning doves have a very high
mortality rate during the first year of life, and with the high wounding rate of 20 to 30 percent, it is
unknown how hunting will affect populations. Scientific studies do not exist to tell our wildlife
managers how to set limits and seasons. There will not be a great increase in income to our
state as separate licenses are not necessary, and people will not take up hunting just to shoot
doves. Therefore, I see no benefit to the state or to our economy from dove hunting.
There is simply no reason to hunt mourning doves. They are not overpopulated, and they do not
cause any nuisance problems to farmers or homeowners. They actually help farmers by eating
weed seeds on the ground. And mourning doves are too small to eat. They would be hunted not
for food, but simply for target practice.
Mourning doves have been protected in Minnesota since 1946. We don't need to add this bird to
the list of game birds as simply an opportunity for target practice. I again strongly urge you to
vote against any bill that will allow dove hunting in Minnesota.
123 Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55488
SAMPLE LETTER #2
The Honorable John Doe
St. Paul, MN 55155
Dear Senator Doe:
I am writing to urge you to help defeat legislation that would allow mourning dove hunting in
Minnesota. Please oppose dove hunting and any other bill to allow a mourning dove hunting
season in our state. Mourning doves have been continuously protected in Minnesota since 1946.
There is a high wounding rate with dove hunting. Scientific studies estimate that 20 to 30 percent
of the doves are wounded and never retrieved. In Minnesota, where there is no tradition of dove
hunting and few Minnesota hunters have had experience shooting doves, we can expect an even
higher wounding rate than usual. If hunters kill 500,000 mourning doves a year, they can be
expected to wound and fail to retrieve more than 150,000 others. That is a tremendous amount
of suffering. In addition to wounding doves, dove hunters can mistakenly wound and kill other
protected, similar looking species such as American kestrels and sharp-shinned hawks.
Another important reason not to hunt doves is the damage that would be caused due to an
increase in lead discharge into our already threatened land and water resources. Dove hunters
will be allowed to use lead shot and with so many missed shots and unretrieved birds, there will
undoubtedly be an increase of lead toxins in other animals and our environment.
I urge you to vote against any bill to allow dove hunting. Please help maintain the tradition of
protecting mourning doves,
and help preserve Minnesota's safe and peaceful heritage. Thank you for your time.
17 Mood Way
Brainerd, MN 56401