Texans voting on right to hunt and fish: 'Should be a natural right'

Texans voting on right to hunt and fish: 'Should be a natural right'
Source: KLTV News Staff
Source: KLTV News Staff
Source: KLTV News Staff
Source: KLTV News Staff
Source: KLTV News Staff
Source: KLTV News Staff

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Early voting ends Friday on 7 proposed constitutional amendments to the Texas constitution.

Texas has the highest number of paid hunting license holders for 2015 and one of those amendments, if passed, would recognize the right of Texans to hunt and fish.

In Mac's Gun Shop, you can see how important hunting is to those inside. Customers are greeted by fliers explaining Proposition 6, right next to hunting pictures and mounted animals.

For Shawn Wilson, a hunter, it's an amendment that is important for many reasons, one being the necessity to protect the land from animals like wild hogs.

"They'll come in and just destroy fields, habitats where our cows are at and other animal," Wilson says. "And so we're doing that to remove that, but at the same time we get to have a good time and we also can bring home meat."

If passed, Texas would join 18 states that have constitutional amendments providing the right to hunt and fish.

That is information that surprised customers like Logan Doherty.

"I don't like that we have to vote on something like that, that should be a natural right in my opinion to be able to provide for yourself and your family and others around you," says Doherty.

Opponents of the amendment are worried that this may cause confusion that could threaten vulnerable species. But game wardens say this will not change any licenses or permits that you may need to get and your right to hunt could still be taken away if you break the law.

It's a move that those who hunt and fish say will help populations, and if anything else allow Texans to continue to enjoy nature.

"There's times when we've been out in nature and we've just watched it and never taken a shot, but we've just been there and enjoyed it," says Wilson.

For a full list of all seven amendments, click here.

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