A group of state senators on Tuesday resurrected last year’s attempt to elevate to the North Carolina constitution protections for hunting and fishing.
Senate Bill 677 would put the question to voters in the November 2018 election. If approved, an amendment would be added to the constitution to safeguard those hobbies as legal rights.
Bill sponsors said hunting and fishing are not under assault now, but they want to prevent future legal challenges that could come about. They said 21 other states have taken this step.
The three bill sponsors — Sen. Danny Britt from Robeson County, Sen. Norman Sanderson from Pamilico County and Sen. Andrew Brock from Davie County — are lifelong hunters. They issued a joint statement:
“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.”
The bill includes a provision that establishes public hunting and fishing as “a preferred method of managing and controlling wildlife.”