Four States Have Right to Hunt Ballot Measures

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On November 2nd, voters in Arkansas, Arizona, South Carolina, and Tennessee will decide on adding hunting and fishing as state constitutional rights. Over the last 15 years, 20+ states have had ballot initiatives to get hunting and fishing rights into their respective state constitutions. The movement to boost hunting and fishing rights started as a counter-balance by animal rights groups seeking to restrict or otherwise ban hunting.

An article over at the The Star Phoenix quotes Steve Faris, a Democratic Arkansas state senator noting:

"When you have something protected in your constitution, then it is very difficult to use the courts or other types of ballot activities to thwart, for example, hunting and fishing," ... "They start with cats and dogs and the next thing you know, someone says it's inhumane to shoot a deer. It's like buying an insurance policy,"

Currently ten states guarantee the right to hunt and fish in their constitutions, the states and the year added to the state constitution: Alabama (1996), Georgia (2006), Lousiana (2004), Minnesota (1998), Montana (2004), North Dakota (2000), Oklahoma (2008), Vermont (1777 Go Vermont!), Virginia (2000), and Wisconsin (2003). Source:


Ca_Vermonster's picture

Well, I just looked it up,

Well, I just looked it up, and here are the results, give or take a percentage point.....

Arkansas:  Passed with 82.7% of vote

South C.:  Passed with 88.9% of the vote

Tennessee:  Passed with 89.7% of the vote

Arizona:  Defeated by 56.3% of the vote.... UGH, what's going on with AZ?????

ecubackpacker's picture

Too many California

Too many California transplants, that's what happened to Arizona.  LOL

CVC's picture

Thanks for looking it up and

Thanks for looking it up and reporting, but like you I have to ask, huh?  What's up with arizona?  Anyone from Arizona that can shed some light on this?  I would have thought it would have been a slam dunk in Arizona with all the hunting, both resident and non-resident that is done there.  Maybe too many people were focused on other issues and just forgot to vote??????

CVC's picture

It would be nice for a follow

It would be nice for a follow up post to let us know how these important votes ended up.  You just never know with politics.  In Kansas we had a vote on amending our constitution to make it clear that the right to bear arms was an individual right and not a collective right of the people.  It passed with very little opposition, but again, you never know how these things will play out at the voting polls.

Update, update, keep chanting and maybe we'll get one.

Ca_Vermonster's picture

Do we know how these fared on

Do we know how these fared on election day?  I would love to see every singel state adopt this into their constitution.  One way we can protect our national heritage.

CVC's picture

The anti-hunting groups and

The anti-hunting groups and the so-called animal rights groups share an agenda of ending hunting.  Some are open about their agenda and others deny it, but I have no doubt that they want to end hunting.  The head of the HSUS has publicly stated that goal.  These groups are politically active and are empowered by our inactivity or apathy.  As hunters we need to become politically active, knowldegable and proactive.  We cannot be reactive and must fight to protect our traditions and heritage.  Why?  Hunting is not just a sport or hobby.  It is much more.  It builds character and hones the competative spirit in a good way.  Many Americans have lost that competative spirit which puts us at a disadvantage with other countries.  We are in a global marketplace and compete not just locally but globally. 

We need to realize that competition is necessary and hunting builds that spirit in a good way.  Hunters are usually willing to help others learn how to hunt and to help them gain access eventhough it may limit their own opportunities.

Legislation to protect hunting is needed and all should help get it enacted.

Critical Legislation

Not withstanding the rediculous fact that we actually need to acknowledge the right to hunt and fish in the form of law - this legislation represents a critical step forward in our battle to keep the right to celebrate the tradition and heritage of hunting and fishing.

This is also a boost to the second amendment, for one cannot hunt or fish without a weapon in his or her hand.  All of us who live in a state that has not yet recognized this most basic right need to write, call and email our representatives to get this on the ballot.  I will!

ecubackpacker's picture

+1. My thoughts exactly. If

+1. My thoughts exactly. If your state, like mine, doesn't have this law as a part of their constitution, then it's time to call your representative and get the legislation going.

hawkeye270's picture

I would love to have the

I would love to have the right to hunt and fish added to Colorado's constitution. Come on guys, let's get it started right now and try and get it on the ballot. I sure would feel a whole lot better about the continuation of this tradition if it was protected by state law. And I don't really know if we want to wait many more years before trying to do it. The next chance we have the right pollitical climate (possibly after this evening!) it needs to get done. The direction that this state and the country is heading is not necessarily that friendly to the hunting and fishing crowd. It is probably time to stand up for ourselves and lock in our right to take part in this great tradition.