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Proposed constitutional amendment creates a 'right to hunt and fish' in Utah

Posted at 9:03 AM, Feb 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-08 18:42:34-05

SALT LAKE CITY — A proposed constitutional amendment in the Utah State Legislature would create a "right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife."

House Joint Resolution 15, sponsored by Rep. Casey Snider, R-Paradise, would enshrine that as a right into Utah's constitution. It was filed on Friday.

The resolution states that "the individual right of the people to hunt, to fish, and to harvest wildlife is a valued part of the State's heritage and shall be forever preserved for the public good." It also includes the right to use traditional methods (like bow-hunting and firearms) to hunt or harvest wildlife.

The resolution does say the right is subject to statute and rules adopted by the state. Its aim is to promote wildlife conservation and preserve the future of hunting and fishing.

If it were to pass the Utah State Legislature, Rep. Snider's proposed constitutional amendment would go before voters later this year.