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Hunting could become constitutional right in KY

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Since 1996, 12 states have amended their constitutions to include hunting and fishing as a 'right.' Since 1996, 12 states have amended their constitutions to include hunting and fishing as a 'right.'

Voters in Kentucky will get to decide if hunting is a State Constitutional right.  That issue will appear on the ballot in November.

On November Sixth, the commonwealth, and three other states, will see if voters would like to consider hunting and fishing a state constitutional right.

On the ballot, it looks like a simple yes or no question, answered with a single checkmark. But to those passionate about hunting and fishing, it's much more than just that.

"Instead of just assuming it's your right, you can see it on paper," said Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Conservation Officer Dustin Mullins.

Kentucky Resident Barry Griffin says it's a sport his son is showing an interest in. And while Griffin tells us, he's not a hunter himself, he still knows how much that ballot question means.

"You've got to have your rights," he said.

Since 1996, 12 states have amended their constitutions to include hunting and fishing as a 'right. Vermont included it in it's original state constitution in 1777.

Conservation officers with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources say hunting is a long-standing tradition in the commonwealth.

"If it's on the Kentucky Constitution, then they think it's going to be a lot harder to have that right taken away," Mullins said.

Mullins adds hunting and fishing isn't only for sport.

"It also has to do with controlling wildlife populations, keeping them at a healthy level," he said.

While the amendment wouldn't change any hunting rules or laws in the state, officials and voters like Griffin say it would help give hunters an extra sense of security

"I'm obviously a sportsman, and I hope people check that yes box," Mullins told 14 News.

State Officials say, if the amendment is approved by voters on November Sixth, it will go into effect immediately.

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