Elk NetworkRMEF Supports ‘Right to Hunt’ Amendments in S.C., Tenn.

News Releases | October 19, 2010

October 19, 2010

RMEF Supports ‘Right to Hunt’ Amendments in S.C., Tenn.

MISSOULA, Mont.—On Nov. 2, voters in South Carolina and Tennessee can pass amendments to their state constitutions that would protect hunting and  fishing as constitutional rights. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation  supports these amendments as a way to protect sporting traditions and the revenue they generate for conservation.

“Every citizen of South  Carolina and Tennessee who appreciates wildlife and wild places should  vote in favor of these amendments, because hunters and anglers pay for  most of the conservation efforts in this country,” said David Allen, RMEF  president and CEO.

Allen added, “Hunters, and the freedom to hunt,  are the core reasons why America’s system of wildlife
conservation is  envied by countries all over the world.”

The amendments would  protect hunting, fishing and their funding mechanisms—as well as their  vital influence in fish, wildlife and habitat management—by preempting  surreptitious efforts by anti-hunting, anti-fishing and animal rights  activists. Hunters and anglers would still be required to carry proper licenses, follow harvest restrictions and other normal regulations. Public  and private property rights would not be affected.

Ten states have  previously adopted similar amendments: Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana,  Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.