CHARLESTON, WV (LOOTPRESS) – Legislation was introduced this week in the House of Delegates which, if passed, would guarantee the legal right of West Virginia citizens to hunt and fish.
Introduced on Wednesday and sponsored by Delegate Brandon Steele (R-42), the Joint Resolution proposes a change to the Constitution of the State of West Virginia. The change in question would entail an amendment to Article III in the form of the addition of a new section.
This new addition would be designated section 23, relating to the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife, and would be submitted to state voters in the 2024 election for rejection or ratification.
If added as part of the state Bill of Rights, the new article would state in part, “The citizens of this state have the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife, including the use of traditional methods, subject only to the statutes enacted by the Legislature and the regulations adopted by the Division of Natural Resources to promote wildlife conservation and management and to preserve the future of hunting and fishing. Public hunting and fishing is a preferred means of managing and controlling wildlife.”
In accordance with the provisions of article 11, chapter three of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, the amendment itself has been classified as “Amendment No. 1” and has been designated as the “Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment.”
House Joint Resolution 8 has been referred to the Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources and is expected to subsequently be referred to the Judiciary.
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