Utah Makes Hunting and Fishing a Constitutional Right

For centuries, men and women have used the skills of hunting, trapping, and fishing to provide for their families. Long before grocery stores and town markets, this was the primary way to supply any home or village with a steady supply of much-needed meat and protein.

But more than that, it was a way of life. It was so important for many cultures that a boy could not be considered a man unless he had completed a successful hunt.

Obviously, as time has moved forward and technology right along with it, the skills of hunting and fishing have become less and less of a necessity. In fact, these days, many see them as nothing more than a sport or recreational conquest, and a dangerous one at that.

You’ve all heard about the many ways in which firearms and our Second Amendment rights have been trampled on in recent years, with people from just about everywhere claiming that a life without weapons would be a much better and safer one. And I’m sure you’ve heard about animal rights groups spouting off about the inhumane and cruel deaths these creatures experience.

If it were up to them, firearms would be banned, as would the entire hunting, fishing, and trapping industries.

So I guess it’s a good thing that some states are standing up for those long-held traditions and freedoms.

Utah just became the latest to do so by passing an amendment to their state’s constitution that makes hunting and fishing a protected right.

It’s called Amendment E, or the Right to Fish and Hunt Amendment, and basically notes that the right to hunt and fish will forever be protected in the state.

According to KSTU-TV, Republican state Representative Casey Snider proposed and sponsored the idea, putting it before both the Utah House of Representatives and the Utah State Senate to be added to the 2020 ballot, where it was approved of with a vast majority.

And the people of Utah must have agreed because once on the ballot, it was reported that 74 percent of the state was in favor of it.

Snider said of the measure, “This bill is not only about protecting who we are, but preserving who we are going forward. It is not unforeseeable, and history bears this out, that 30 or 40 or 50 years from now, those participating in (hunting and fishing) will be a very significant minority, more so than they already are.”

And he wants to make sure that, no matter how small their numbers, this age-old tradition can be participated in and enjoyed in the state of Utah, where ski resorts and national parks are a big part of the state’s recreation and tourism industries.

As Ballotpedia reports, the new reading of Article 1, Section 30 of Utah’s state constitution will soon read, “The individual right of the people to hunt and to fish is a valued part of the State’s heritage and shall be forever preserved for the public good.”

Naturally, not everyone is thrilled with this law. And many fear that it will give free rein to hunters, anglers, and trappers everywhere and allow them to break current conservation and hunter safety regulations.

However, according to KSTU, this doesn’t really change any specific laws surrounding how hunting or fishing is done in the state. Poaching will still be illegal, as will any fish or game harvest that does not abide by current hunting and fishing policies.

Instead, it merely offers those who enjoy the outdoors and the bounty it can supply hope that their traditions, favorite past times, and way of life will be protected for years to come, no matter who comes or goes from office.

And Utah is not the only state to have put such a law into place in recent years.

In fact, over 20 states now have measures that put the protection of hunting and fishing into their constitutions. Amendment E seems to be a growing trend among Americans everywhere, just as it should be.