On all ballots in the commonwealth, a referendum positioned under the presidential race asks Kentucky voters “Should hunting and fishing become a constitutional right?”
“Kentucky has a very long and rich tradition of hunting and fishing. We actually hunt and fish in Kentucky at higher rates than the national average,” said Kentucky Fish and Wildlife spokesman Mark Marraccini.
Marraccini said that’s why lawmakers pushed to make hunting and fishing a state constitutional right.
The bill overwhelmingly passed the General Assembly after it was introduced in 2011.
Marraccini said hunters and fishers will not notice much difference if approved on Election Day, but it will help.
“Right now hunting and fishing are governed by state laws, and they will be continued to be regulated as such. But changing the constitution is much more difficult than changing the law,” Marraccini said.
Kentucky wildlife officials said hunting and fishing supports 35,000 jobs annually and pumps $3 billion into the commonwealth.