BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Voters will have an opportunity on Tuesday to amend the Idaho Constitution to preserve forever the right to hunt, fish and trap in the state.
The ballot measure known as HJR2 was approved by the 2012 Legislature, and if endorsed by voters Idaho would join 13 other states that have adopted similar amendments.
Sen. Lee Heider of Twin Falls was the leading advocate for HJR2. He says the measure aims to guarantee hunting, fishing and trapping for future generations and protect against efforts by animal rights groups to restrict those activities.
As popular as hunting and fishing is, some Idahoans see the measure as unnecessary and a pathway to lawsuits that could infringe on the ability of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to manage wildlife.