Wyoming right to hunt, fish, trap amendment passes

2011-03-01T00:00:00Z Wyoming right to hunt, fish, trap amendment passesBy the Star-Tribune staff Casper Star-Tribune Online
March 01, 2011 12:00 am  • 

A proposed state constitutional amendment to grant residents perpetual rights to hunt, fish and trap in Wyoming will head to Gov. Matt Mead's desk.

The Wyoming House overwhelmingly passed Senate Joint Resolution 1 by a 56-3 vote on Monday. The Senate passed the legislation 23-7 earlier in February.

The proposed amendment asserts that "the opportunity to fish, hunt and trap wildlife is a heritage that shall forever be preserved to the individual," though it could still be subject to regulation.

If signed by Mead, the proposed amendment will be on the November 2012 general election ballot.

Proponents said the amendment is needed to protect hunters' rights against animal rights and gun control groups.

Last November, voters approved "right to hunt" constitutional amendments in Arkansas, South Carolina and Tennessee, though a similar proposal was voted down in Arizona.



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