MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Oct. 22, 2010 – On Nov. 2, South Carolinians will have the opportunity to vote on an amendment to the state constitution that would make South Carolina the 12th state to protect hunting and fishing as constitutional rights.
"Ducks Unlimited supports passage of this amendment to the South Carolina 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 shutting down those traditional activities. The amendment still requires proper licenses, regulations and other normal restrictions. Public and private property rights are not affected.
"On Nov. 2, South Carolina voters will have the opportunity to ensure that future generations will be able to hunt and fish the land and waters of this state by demanding that these fundamental rights be included in our state constitution," said John Frampton, director of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. "The financial contribution these sportsmen make to the restoration, conservation and protection of wildlife and wildlife habitats is huge, and that contribution benefits everyone. Not to mention the ethics and life lessons learned through these activities fosters a true appreciation of our great natural resources."
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 Tennessee 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.