Michigan Dove Hunting Referendum, Proposal 3 (2006)
Proposal 3 would have overturned state legislation (Public Act 160 of 2004) to allow a hunting season for mourning doves.
Provisions of the legislation included:
- Authorizing the Michigan Natural Resources Commission to establish a hunting season for mourning doves.
- Requiring a mourning dove hunter to have a small game license and a $2 mourning dove stamp.
- Stipulating that revenue from the stamp must be split evenly between the Game and Fish Protection Fund and the Fish and Wildlife Trust Fund.
- Requiring the Department of Natural Resources to address responsible mourning dove hunting; management practices for the propagation of mourning doves; and participating in mourning dove hunting by youth, the elderly and the disabled in the Department's annual hunting guide.
|Proposal 3 (Dove Hunting)|
Official results via: The Michigan Secretary of the State
World Hunting Association (WHA)
- According to a press release the WHA believes that the emotional appeal presented by opponents of dove hunting is a disguise for their ultimate goal of banning all hunting, trapping and even fishing
Stop Shooting Doves was the most focused opponents of the ballot. The group ran TV, print and web ads urging a "no" vote on Question 3.
Some of the arguments included:
- Mourning doves have been continuously protected in Michigan for 100 years
- Committee to Restore the Dove Shooting Ban seeks to restore Michigan's 100-year ban on the shooting of mourning doves. The committee submitted 73% more signatures than the 159,000 required by law for certification
- Hunting doves is unnecessary and serves no wildlife management purpose.
- Doves are not a viable human food source.
- There is an unacceptably high wounding rate for dove hunting. Scientific research studies confirm an average wounding rate of 30 percent in hunted areas - meaning that nearly one in three birds is wounded and not retrieved
Below is information on the amount of funds raised for and against Proposal 3:
Contributions for Proposal 2:
|Citizens for Wildlife Conservation Committee||$643,637|
|MUCCS Stop the Antis Committee||$25,332|
Contributions against Proposal 2:
|Committee to Restore the Dove Shooting Ban||$2,334,735|
|Songbird Protection Coalition Save the Doves 2006||$0|
- 2006 ballot measures
- Michigan 2006 ballot measures
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- Michigan State Senate
- Michigan House of Representatives
- Proposal 3 Ballot Language
- 2006 Official Election Results via the Michigan Secretary of the State
- Michigan House Fiscal Agency, Analysis of Proposals on the Ballot November 7, 2006
- ↑ List of Michigan constitutional amendment votes from 1966-2008
- ↑ Michigan House Fiscal Agency, Analysis of Proposals on the Ballot November 7, 2006
- ↑ WHA Warns Michigan Voters That Opponents of Proposal 3 Threaten to Turn Hunters Into the Hunted, 10/16/06
- ↑ Stop Shoot Doves-Facts
- ↑ National Institute on Money in State Politics,"PROPOSAL 06-3:Mourning Dove Hunt," retrieved August 27, 2009