Four States Have Right to Hunt Ballot Measures
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: http://www.ncsl.org/default.aspx?tabid=21237