BOISE • The “Right to Hunt” amendment may be running out of time, but don’t count it out yet.
The resolution, sponsored by Sen. Lee Heider, R-Twin Falls, would allow voters to consider adding the right to hunt, fish and trap to the Idaho Constitution. But a slew of tweaks from multiple groups have slowed the proposal’s progress through the Legislature. Though this year’s legislative session is winding down, Heider is holding out hope that the amendment will make it on November’s ballot.
The legislation’s language has undergone a handful of changes to appease groups like the Idaho Water Users Association and the Department of Fish and Game, as well as Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. The latest group to get involved was the National Rifle Association.
The language added by the NRA, on controlling wildlife through hunting, sparked objection from Fish and Game. So Heider spent Monday on the phone with the different groups, crafting new changes and making sure everyone was OK with them.
The House Resources and Conservation Committee passed the bill with the proposed amendments, and Heider hopes it will get through the House in time for the Senate to consider it before the session’s end, which is expected in the next week.
But, Heider said, the back-and-forth is necessary. After all, it’s not every day you get to add tothe constitution.
“Although it’s a lot of work, it’ll be worth it in the end,” Heider said.