Arkansas has joined other states in putting the right to hunt, fish, and trap into the hands of the voters. The amendment reads as follows:
Arkansas Hunting Rights Amendment
Referred by the Arkansas Legislature - Amending the Arkansas Constitution to Provide for a Constitutional Right to Hunt, Fish, Trap, and Harvest Wildlife
- (1) Citizens of the state of Arkansas have a right to hunt, fish, trap, and harvest wildlife
- (2) The right to hunt, fish, trap, and harvest wildlife shall be subject only to regulations that promote sound wildlife conservation and management and are consistent with Amendment 35 of the Arkansas Constitution
- (b) Public hunting, fishing, and trapping shall be a preferred means of managing and controlling nonthreatened species and citizens may use traditional methods for harvesting wildlife
- (c) Nothing in this amendment shall be construed to alter, repeal, or
- (1) Any provision of Amendment 35 to the Arkansas Constitution;
- (2) Any common law or statute relating to trespass, private property rights, eminent domain, public ownership of property, or any law concerning firearms unrelated to hunting; or
- (3) The sovereign immunity of the State of Arkansas.
I'm sure groups like PETA will be up in arms about an amendment like this. The fact is that hunters, fishermen, and trappers do more for the conservation and health of wildlife than any wildlife activist group will ever do. How do you feel about this issue and would you support an amendment like this in your state?