Action Alert: Right to Hunt and Fish Up for Vote in Utah

October 16, 2020 | by National Deer Alliance

Utahans headed to the polls in November will have the opportunity to vote to make hunting and fishing a constitutional right in the state.

Constitutional Amendment E, introduced by Rep. Casey Snider (R) earlier this year, made its way through the Utah State Legislature and will now be on the ballot for voters on November 3. If passed by vote, the amendment would subject the right to hunt and fish to statutes that promote wildlife conservation and management and preserve the future of hunting and fishing. The measure would also declare that hunting and fishing are the preferred means of managing and controlling wildlife in Utah. If passed, the amendment would take effect on January 1, 2021.

The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) and National Deer Alliance (NDA) firmly believes that hunting and fishing are the most effective and scientifically proven methods for managing and controlling wildlife. Even more, hunting and fishing have been shown time and time again to be the primary drivers of wildlife conservation in North America.

“Solidifying the right to hunt and fish by constitutional amendment would be an incredible win for Utah sportsmen and women,” said Torin Miller, QDMA/NDA’s policy and outreach coordinator. “With more people turning to hunting and fishing for food and recreation in 2020, this ballot initiative couldn’t have come at a better time.”

"Hunting and fishing has always been a critical component of our state. ... It's a part of who we are,” said Rep. Snider. “This bill is not only about protecting who we are, but preserving who we are going forward. ... It is not unforeseeable, and history bares this out, that 30 or 40 or 50 years from now, those participating in [hunting and fishing] will be a very significant minority, more so than they already are. It is not a foregone conclusion that these sort of activities will be eliminated from the public sphere and from conservation generally and at large."

Join QDMA/NDA in supporting Constitutional Amendment E – a state constitutional right to hunt and fish for Utah residents. Doing so will protect the future of hunting and fishing in Utah permanently. Vote YES for the amendment on your ballot on November 3!