Hunting, Fishing May Gain Constitutional Protection in North Carolina

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Hunting, Fishing May Gain Constitutional Protection in North Carolina


A lot of North Carolinians hunt and fish. Under a ballot measure facing voters in November, their right to do so may become enshrined in the state constitution.


The proposed constitutional amendment states that “the right of the people to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife is a valued part of the State's heritage and shall be forever preserved for the public good.” The amendment would allow the legislature to enact laws governing hunting and fishing, but only to promote wildlife conservation and management or to preserve the future of hunting and fishing. The amendment also states that hunting and fishing are the preferred ways to control and manage wildlife.


Supporters of this amendment say it is necessary to preserve this traditional way of managing wildlife from attacks by anti-hunting activists. With this amendment, they contend, hunting and fishing in North Carolina will be protected into the future. Opponents of the amendment say that it is unnecessary. They point out that there are no real threats to end hunting and fishing in North Carolina, so such an amendment to the state constitution is unneeded.


Twenty states have adopted similar constitutional amendments since 1996.


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