Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendment Approved by North Carolina Voters

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Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendment Approved by North Carolina Voters

North Carolina-(Ammoland.com)- On November 6, voters in North Carolina approved an amendment to the state constitution to protect the Right to Hunt, Fish, and Harvest Wildlife.

The amendment passed 57.18% to 42.82%. A total of 2,061,766 votes were cast “for” the amendment.

Once the amendment is certified and enrolled, North Carolina will be 22nd state to constitutionally protect the Right to Hunt, Fish and Harvest Wildlife. The amendment was presented to voters after Senate Bill 677 passed the legislature earlier this year. Sponsored by North Carolina Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus members Senator Danny Earl Britt, Senator Tom McInnis, and Senator Norman Sanderson, SB 677 passed both legislative chambers with strong bipartisan support.

Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) Honorary Board Member and North Carolina resident Richard Childress praised this ballot measure. “The amendment is about ensuring our ability to pass on outdoor traditions, protecting conservation funding, and instilling a deep appreciation for our state’s wildlife and natural resources in the minds of North Carolina’s next generation,” said Childress.

Article I of the North Carolina Constitution will be amended by adding: “Sec. 38. Right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife.The right of the people to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife is a valued part of the State’s heritage and shall be forever preserved for the public good. The people have a right, including the right to use traditional methods, to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife, subject only to laws enacted by the General Assembly and rules adopted pursuant to authority granted by the General Assembly to (i) promote wildlife conservation and management and (ii) preserve the future of hunting and fishing. Public hunting and fishing shall be a preferred means of managing and controlling wildlife. Nothing herein shall be construed to modify any provision of law relating to trespass, property rights, or eminent domain.”

In addition to the CSF, the amendment was strongly supported by a wide range of in-state and national sportsmen’s conservation organizations and businesses.

“CSF would like to thank the voters of North Carolina as well as the legislators, partners, organizations, and businesses that supported the Right to Hunt, Fish, and Harvest Wildlife constitutional amendment,” said CSF President Jeff Crane.

About the Congressional Sportsmen’s FoundationCongressional Sportsmen's Foundation

Since 1989, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) has maintained a singleness of purpose that has guided the organization to become the most respected and trusted sportsmen’s organization in the political arena. CSF’s mission is to work with Congress, governors, and state legislatures to protect and advance hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping. The unique and collective force of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC), the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus (GSC) and the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC), working closely with CSF, and with the support of major hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping organizations, serves as an unprecedented network of pro-sportsmen elected officials that advance the interests of America’s hunters and anglers.

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Awesome News for us Tarheels…now we can get to work on Protecting Land Owners from Trespassing Scum, Poachers and those Low Lifes that drive around shooting from their vehicles….wishing they possessed the skills to be a Real Hunter…and the balls to better themselves and Teach their next “DEGENERATion” respect for Land Owners and the Animals they pursue. Time for HEFTY Fines…loss of Vehicle…Guns and a Minimum 1 year PRISON term and a $5000 restitution fee to Land Owner for the disrespect. ..and that’s just the FIRST Offence ! Nothing worse than being a True Hunter and have some POS come… Read more »


Don’t know what is different about this amendment and the “rights” hunters in NC had before since I’m not a hunter. All I know is the blatant disregard of the law from those shooting from their vehicles at the edge of your residence when I thought there was an established distance they were supposed to keep away. I won’t even list the other craziness that goes on in the country from inconsiderate types with licenses, since you most likely know this already. Someone from the office of wildlife management told me last year that there are only two field agents… Read more »


I live in North Carolina and this is a great thing for the future of all visitors and citizens of NC who wish to participate in the sport of hunting and fishing. We as a people are getting so far away from where we all came from and the traditions that soon we will be forever lost as a people in the United States of America.