Republican Rep. Trent Ashby of Lufkin has authored a bill that would make the “right to hunt” a constitutional right in the state of Texas.
The bill, introduced as HJR 61 on Wednesday, has already been lauded by the Dallas Safari Club in a posting on its official website. The amendment to Texas’ state constitution, they say, would protect the hunting and fishing way of life in the state.
A portion of the text of the proposed joint resolution reads as follows:
“The people have the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife, including by the use of traditional methods, subject to laws or regulations to conserve and manage wildlife and preserve the future of hunting and fishing. Hunting and fishing are preferred methods of managing and controlling wildlife.”
Ashby proposes this constitutional amendment should be submitted to Texas voters at an election to be held next November for them to vote for or against.
Ashby said Thursday via email that this amendment is needed to protect an important part of Texas heritage.
“The right to hunt and fish has recently come into question by several national anti-hunting and animal welfare organizations. Efforts to limit methods, seasons, and bag limits are constantly being pushed by these type advocacy groups,” Ashby wrote.
“This measure, I feel, is the next prudent step to ensure future generations of Texans continue to have access to what I believe is a fundamental right,” Ashby continued.
Ashby says that 18 states across the country have added language in their respective state constitutions to guarantee the right of their residents to hunt and fish in a responsible manner.
“Nowhere more so than in Texas do we take greater pride in our rich sporting traditions, outdoor heritage, and effective fish and wildlife conservation efforts,” Ashby added.
In Texas, a state where deer and dove season are high holy events and salt water is life, this proposed constitutional amendment should make the top brass at Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s sleep easier at night.