Amendment to appear on Nov. 2 ballot
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Oct. 1, 2010 – On Nov. 2, Tennessee voters will have the opportunity to vote on an amendment to the state constitution that would make Tennessee the 11th state to protect both hunting and fishing as state constitutional rights.
"Ducks Unlimited supports passage of this amendment to the Tennessee constitution and we urge all citizens to vote in favor of it," DU CEO Dale Hall said. "We encourage all states to adopt similar changes to their constitutions so this important part of our nation's heritage can be protected forever."
The amendment to the state constitution will prevent anti-hunting and anti-fishing interests from ever shutting down those traditional activities. The amendment still requires proper licenses, regulations and other normal restrictions. Public and private property rights are not affected.
The 10 other states that have adopted the amendment to protect hunting and fishing are Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Arizona, Arkansas and South Carolina will also vote on similar measures in 2010.
Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 12 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever.