Eight States Consider “Right to Hunt and Fish” Amendments

Daniel Xu | February 17, 2014


Eight states are currently considering constitutional protections for sportsmen’s rights.
Image courtesy US Fish and Wildlife Service

Some states consider hunting and fishing a privilege, while others consider it a constitutional right. Currently 17 states guarantee these rights with amendments to their state constitutions—with a handful having similar, yet weaker provisions—and now eight more are considering joining that list. Mississippi is leading the way with the issue finally finding its way onto this year’s November ballot, while Indiana’s bill passed its state Senate 43-4 last month.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), the states considering a constitutional right to hunt and fish are:

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