Hunting, fishing, and harvesting wildlife represent important traditions in North Carolina. Properly regulated hunting may act as an integral part of wildlife management and conservation, and provides an economic incentive to maintain undeveloped land in a wild state, maintaining habitats for diverse species.
Through fees collected from license and tag sales, ammunition, as well as excise taxes paid on North Carolina firearms and archery equipment, conservation efforts are funded which benefit our local wildlife. Hunters and anglers have helped fund wildlife species introductions, species research, hunter education programs, public access programs, and improvement of wildlife habitats. According to National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action, North Carolina has received $16,537,915 of federal Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Funds (funded through the purchase of firearms, ammunition, and archery equipment), this year alone.
Senate Bill 677 proposes to amend the North Carolina Constitution to add the following language:
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 promote wildlife conservation and management and 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 or property rights.
The bill had been scheduled to be heard in the Senate Agriculture Committee on Wednesday, June 20, 2018.
As of now, 21 other states have similar provisions in their states’ constitutions.
North Carolina: Bill to Create Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment , NRA-INSTITUTE FOR LEGISLATIVE ACTION (June 19, 2018), https://www.nraila.org/articles/20180619/north-carolina-bill-to-create-right-to-hunt-and-fish-amendment-to-be-heard
Vance R. Parker, JD, MBA, is an avid North Carolina outdoorsman, and estate planning, elder law, and special needs attorney, who also works to protect rural landowners, and drafts firearms trusts for sportsmen and sportswomen. He serves as Secretary of the North Carolina Rifle and Pistol Association (NCRPA.) Vance R. Parker’s legal practice, Vance Parker Law, PLLC, located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is A+ Rated by the NC Better Business Bureau.
Vance R. Parker also maintains the sportsmen’s and sportswomen’s law website NC Sportsmen’s Law News.