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Texas Lawmaker Wants “Right to Hunt” in State’s Constitution

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Republican representative Trent Ashby, wants the “right to hunt” to appear in the Lone Star State’s constitution. 

Trent Ashby of Lufkin, recently authorized a bill that would make the “right to hunt” a constitutional right in Texas.

Ashby feels the amendment should be submitted to Texas voters next November, and allow them the opportunity to pass or vote down the bill.

A portion of the text of the proposed joint resolution reads as follows:

The people have the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife, including by the use of traditional methods, subject to laws or regulations to conserve and manage wildlife and preserve the future of hunting and fishing. Hunting and fishing are preferred methods of managing and controlling wildlife.

Ashby considers the bill a key tool in protecting the Texas heritage. He wrote of his concerns in an email, “The right to hunt and fish has recently come into question by several national anti-hunting and animal welfare organizations. Efforts to limit methods, seasons, and bag limits are constantly being pushed by these type advocacy groups. This measure, I feel, is the next prudent step to ensure future generations of Texans continue to have access to what I believe is a fundamental right.”

According to Ashby, 18 states have already added the “right to hunt” into their respective constitutions in a way to guarantee their residents hunting and fishing rights.

Dubbed HJR 61, the bill was introduced this week and has already received outspoken support from the Dallas Safari Club. On its website the organization claimed the amendment, “would protect the hunting and fishing way of life in the state.”

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Texas Lawmaker Wants “Right to Hunt” in State’s Constitution