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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Hunting, Conservation Issues Win at the Polls

Hunting and conservation issues are among the winners from Election Day 2016.

Voters in Indiana and Kansas both overwhelmingly passed constitutional amendments to protect our outdoor heritage. In Indiana, the vote to protect the right to hunt and fish was victorious by a margin of more than three and a half to one, or 78 percent to 22 percent. In Kansas it was even higher where the difference to constitutionally protect hunting, fishing and trapping was 81 percent to 22 percent.

Authors behind both proposals say they drafted the amendments to head off any attempts by animal rights groups to halt the outdoor activities. Indiana and Kansas join 19 other states that constitutionally protect the rights of its residents to hunt and fish.

In Montana, voters resoundingly rejected a constitutional initiative authored by an animal rights group that aimed to ban trapping on public lands. The margin was 63 percent to 37 percent. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation was among a coalition of sportsmen and wildlife groups strongly opposed to the measure.

Voters in Colorado approved an amendment that makes it more difficult to alter Colorado’s Constitution. In essence, it now requires that any proposed amendment must be approved by voters in each of the state’s 35 Senate districts. Environmental and animal rights groups have used the ballot process in other states to try to usurp wildlife management and conservation efforts.

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