You should have received your Idaho Voter’s Pamphlet in the mail by now. The 43 pages of 12-pt font are a lot to wade through but please make sure that you thoroughly read through Page 4- H.J.R. 2aa, which is a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment also know as the Idaho Hunting and Fishing (and Trapping) Amendment.
The proposed measure would add “the right to hunt, fish and trap, including by the use of traditional methods, are a valued part of the heritage of the State of Idaho and shall forever be preserved for the people…” to the Idaho State Constitution under a New Section #23, to Article 1. Article 1 is a list of 22 very specific rights and privileges that are guaranteed by our state constitution (i.e. INALIENABLE RIGHTS OF MAN).
The freedoms listed under Article 1 are hard fought civil rights that apply to each of Idaho’s 1.5 million citizens and should be reserved as such, not bent to allow for a quick push through by small special interest groups. In 2011, 352,510 Resident Hunting & Fishing Licenses/Permits were issued by Idaho Fish & Game. Trapping permits constituted only 900 of the 1.3million total tags/licenses sold in 2011. Even if those 900 were ALL resident permits they make up less than 0.1% of Idahoans. So is it really appropriate to enshrine a civil ‘right’ into our constitution for the <0.1% of Idahoans to trap wildlife forever?
Trapping is a highly controversial issue that has NOT been largely discussed or surveyed yet in this state. In fact, HJR2 made it onto the ballot with hasty house and senate votes and without the constitutionally required reading aloud and floor discussions in the House and Senate.
HJR2 is not about “preserving Idaho’s great sporting heritage” but rather a small special interest group trying to slip a highly controversial issue (trapping) in under the cover of the more popular sportsman activities like fishing and hunting.
The right to hunt, fish and trap are already highlighted in the Idaho Fish & Game Mission Statement. If HJR2 is defeated, nothing will change- on November 7th sportsman will still be able to recreate as they currently do and historically have.
NO on H.J.R. 2