Voters in Texas just approved a constitutional amendment to the state’s constitution that guarantees the right to hunt and fish.
Texas just became the 19th state with a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right for sportsmen and women to hunt and fish. The Texas Legislature approved the constitutional amendment earlier in the year and sent it to the citizens of the state for final approval. Voters approved the amendment on November 3 by a staggering margin with 81 percent of voters in favor and 19 percent against.
In addition to specifically enumerating the right of the people of Texas to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife, the constitutional amendment also states that hunting and fishing are the preferred means of managing wildlife populations.
Specifically, the constitutional amendment added Section 34, with the exact wording below (from Ballotpedia) to Article 1 of the Texas Constitution:
(a) 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.
(b) Hunting and fishing are preferred methods of managing and controlling wildlife.
(c) This section does not affect any provision of law relating to trespass, property rights, or eminent domain.
(d) This section does not affect the power of the legislature to authorize a municipality to regulate the discharge of a weapon in a populated area in the interest of public safety.
The new constitutional amendment will not change much on a daily basis for the majority of sportsmen and women in Texas. You’ll still need to buy a hunting and fishing license, obey all established seasons and regulations, and get permission from the landowner to hunt or fish on private property.
However, this is still great news for sportsmen and women in the Lone Star State because the new amendment will help provide protection for these treasured activities against future attack from anti-hunting and fishing groups.