Sens. Danny Britt (R-Robeson), Andrew Brock (R-Davie) and Norman Sanderson (R-Pamlico) filed legislation Tuesday that would let voters in the November 2018 election decide whether to amend the North Carolina Constitution to safeguard citizens’ right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife. Twenty-one other states already guarantee this right in their constitutions.
Hunting and fishing are integral parts of North Carolina’s heritage, economy and conservation efforts. According to the most recent data available, North Carolina sportsmen and women spent $2.3 billion on hunting and fishing in North Carolina in 2011, generating $249 million in revenue and supporting more than 35,000 local jobs. The state issued 1.87 million hunting and fishing licenses last year alone.
“This constitutional amendment will protect for future generations the hunting and fishing rights that have always been part of our heritage and way of life – and it will ensure North Carolina remains a sportsman’s paradise,” said Britt, Brock and Sanderson in a joint statement.
“I am proud to support this effort to constitutionally enshrine the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife in the state of North Carolina. Safeguarding North Carolina’s outdoor heritage for future generations is of the utmost importance, and this measure will ensure that the economic, cultural and conservation benefits of our time-honored traditions of hunting and angling are protected in perpetuity,” said Richard Childress, 2017 National Hunting and Fishing Day Honorary Chairman.
The amendment is supported by the National Rifle Association, Delta Waterfowl, Safari Club International, National Shooting Sports Foundation, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, East Carolina Houndsmen Alliance, North Carolina Trappers Association, Inc., Cross Trail Outfitters of North Carolina, Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild and the North Carolina Bowhunters Association.