This simple map shows which states have a Constitutional Right to Hunt and Fish as of the 2016 election.
RED = Constitutional Right to Hunt and Fish
BLUE = Constitutional Right to Fish
YELLOW = Legislation on Constitutional Right to Hunt and Fish is pending
Voters in Kansas and Indiana both approved amendments guaranteeing sportsmen and women a constitutional right to hunt and fish this year. This brings the number of states with such language in their constitutions up to 22.
At this time, Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming all also have a right to hunt and fish guaranteed in the state constitution.
The state constitutions in California and Rhode Island both guarantee a right to fish, but not to hunt.
Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, and New York all have pending legislation which would enshrine a constitutional right to hunt and fish in those states. Nevada also passed legislation to amend the state constitution with similar language in 2015, it must first be approved by the state legislature in 2017 and by the voters in 2018 before it goes into effect.
Language guaranteeing citizens a constitutional right to hunt and fish is an important measure protecting our national heritage from assault by anti-hunting organizations. If your state does not have a constitutional right to hunt and fish, I strongly urge you to contact your elected representatives and tell them to support such a measure.
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