Wyoming Hunting Rights Bill Advances in State Senate

A proposed amendment to the Wyoming state constitution ensuring residents' perpetual rights to hunt and fish will come up for a third and final vote in the state senate today.

If the bill passes both houses and is signed into law by the governor, residents will be able to vote on the amendment in the Novemeber 2012 general election.

From this story in the Billings Gazette:
_A proposed constitutional amendment to ensure residents' perpetual rights to hunt and fish will come up for third and final vote in the Senate on Thursday.

On Wednesday the Senate slightly changed the language in the bill to guarantee residents' "right to fish, hunt and trap wildlife, subject to regulation as prescribed by law."
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_If the bill passes both houses and is signed into law by Gov. Matt Mead, voters will be able to vote on the amendment in the November 2012 general election. Supporters said the amendment is needed to protect Wyoming's sportsman culture against threats from anti-gun and anti-hunting groups.

Opponents question the severity of the threat and object to embedding such promises in the state's constitution, because it is so difficult to change._