Right to Hunt and Fish
Fishing and hunting have been American institutions since the very beginnings of our nation. Recently, the “right” to fish and hunt has come into question. In order to protect these sporting traditions into the future, many states have added amendments to their state constitutions. In most cases, these amendments recognize rights that have been assumed for centuries.
Twenty-one states currently have constitutional amendments guaranteeing the right to hunt and fish with several more pending. While some of these amendments are quite new, Vermont’s language dates back to 1777.
In many cases, the amendments are specifically worded to promote wildlife conservation and management and to preserve the future of hunting and fishing both for personal recreation and as a preferred means of managing and controlling wildlife.