Mississippians will get the chance to decide whether hunting and fishing should be enshrined as constitutional rights on Nov. 4. The issue was placed on the ballot at the urging of hunting groups and lawmakers concerned about animal rights groups’ campaigns in other parts of the country against hunting game.
While Mississippi animal rights groups say there is no assault underway on hunting and fishing, some sportsmen and lawmakers aren’t so sure and are backing the ballot initiative.
“That could be a pretty good protection,” said Allen, whose deer meat processing business opened in Brandon, Mississippi, in 1992. He opened a sporting goods business in Cullman, Alabama in 1997.
It will take a majority vote to put the matter into the Mississippi Constitution.
“We’re hoping to send a message to the rest of the country that we are passionate about our hunting and fishing. We don’t want anybody dabbling with our sportsmen’s way of life,” said Rep. Lester “Bubba” Carpenter, R-Burnsville, lead sponsor of the proposal.