Is a constitutional right to hunt and fish necessary?


The NRA backed ballots in Indiana and Kansas will let the voters decide in November whether hunting and fishing is a constitutional right.  So far 19 states say so.  Hunting and fishing is controlled by the states’ game commissions, such as in PA.  So why is it imperative to have it be a constitutional right?

The NRA is so afraid that all those who move away from rural communities will no longer  want to hunt, therefore it’s necessary to put it in the constitution. Actually, that’s not true,  as there are more hunters or would-be hunters living in the suburbs.

Nationally only 13.7 million people or 6% of Americans hunted.

In 2011, 33.1 million people fished.

In 2011, 71.8 million people or 30% people over 16 years nationally watched wildlife. Actually, people from their 20s on were interested in watching wildlife.

Spending:   The 13.7 million hunters spent $33.7 billion in 2011.

The 33 million anglers spent $42 billion in 2011.

The 71.8 million wildlife watchers spent $54.9 million annually outspending                         hunters and anglers when taken individually.

Only 11% of males and 1% females hunted in 2011.

Interestingly, 21% of males fish and 7% females fish.

About 68.5 million people watched wildlife around the home; 54% (37.3 million) were females and 46% (31.3 million) were males.  The more education people have, the more they like wildlife watching from their 20s on.

Hunting:  Regions with participation rates below the 6% national rate were New England, Middle Atlantic, South Atlantic, and Pacific.
The more education people have after high school, the less they will hunt.
About 1/3 of hunters use archery.  [This causes damage and lingering death to the animal.  The rest of hunters mainly use firearms.]
Regarding firearms, most bullets have lead in them and spread 1.5′ from the entry wound. Therefore ground deer meat will have 30 – 65% lead particles in them.
So why do you think the NRA wants the “right to hunt” enshrined in state constitutions and our federal constitution?


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