By: Jack LattaStaff Writer
November 6, 2012
Put a “W” in the win column for hunters and fishermen who had their rights affirmed Tuesday, following the passage of an amendment to the Kentucky Constitution.
At press time, with 106 of a 120 counties reporting, the constitutional amendment had garnered 84 percent in favor of the measure.
The Kentucky Hunting and Fishing Question, also known as House Bill 1, appeared on this year’s general election ballot in the state of Kentucky as a consitutional amendment.
The measure, which was co-sponosred by House Speaker Greg Stumb and Rep. Leslie Combs, would protect the rights of residents to hunt and fish with in the boundaries of the state, and mandate that hunting and fishing never be outlawed without the vote of the people.
HB 1 was introduced in Kentucky’s 2011 legislative session. “That’s a big step I think in the right direction to help not only this generation of sportsmen, but the next,” said Stumbo upon its introduction “We have a wonderful heritage of sports in this state. Kentucky was and still is the happy hunting ground.”
Several other states including Nebraska, Wyoming and Idaho also have similar amendments on this year’s ballot. Nebraskans are also voting to create an amendment protecting the right “to hunt, to fish and to harvest wildlife,” while in Idaho and Wyoming trapping is included.
Opponents of the measure such as Don Dugi, at Transylvania University, said, “There is no threat that this amendment would remedy,” and said the measure is more political positioning of special interest groups like the National Rifle Association.