The Texas Right to Hunt, Fish and Harvest Amendment…
Proposition 6 is on the November 3, 2015 ballot in Texas as a legislatively referred constitutional amendment. The measure would add the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife to the Texas Constitution and designate hunting and fishing as preferred methods of controlling and managing wildlife.
The proposed amendment would add a Section 34 to Article 1 of the Texas Constitution. The following text would be added by the proposed measure’s approval:
(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.
As of 2015, eighteen states have constitutional amendments providing for the right to hunt and fish. Vermont was the first state to constitutionalize such a right in 1777. The other sixteen states have all adopted right to hunt and fish amendments since 1996. The following is a list of states with constitutional amendments establishing the right to hunt and fish:
2000: North Dakota
2010: South Carolina
California and Rhode Island have constitutional amendments guaranteeing the right to fish, but not to hunt. Florida and New Hampshire have statutes proclaiming a right to hunt and fish, but not constitutional amendments.
Voters in Texas will vote on a right to hunt and fish amendment on November 3, 2015, and voters in Indiana will vote on one in 2016.