Nebraska Hunting and Fishing Amendment, Amendment 2 (2012)

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Amendment 2
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Type:Legislative referral
Constitution:Nebraska Constitution
The Nebraska Hunting and Fishing Amendment, also known as Amendment 2, was on the November 6, 2012 ballot in Nebraska as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure protected the right of residents to hunt and fish in the state.[1][2] The proposal was sponsored by Sen. Pete Pirsch.

Election results

See also: 2012 ballot measure election results
Nebraska Amendment 2
Approveda Yes 557,534 76.73%
Official results are from the Nebraska Secretary of State.

Text of measure

The official text of the measure as it appeared on the ballot:[3]

A constitutional amendment to establish the right to hunt, to fish, and to harvest wildlife and to state that public hunting, fishing, and harvesting of wildlife shall be a preferred means of managing and controlling wildlife.

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Proposal sponsor Sen. Pete Pirsch argued that the amendment was necessary to protect hunting rights. According to him, recent changing attitudes towards hunting put it at risk of being challenged. "Since the founding of our state — and for that matter, for as long as humans have been here — hunting, fishing and harvesting wildlife have been fundamental freedoms that people have engaged in. These activities are critical to our state's economy," said Pirsch.[4]


  • American Fisheries Society
  • Izaak Walton League
  • Ducks Unlimited
  • Nebraska Council of Sportsmen's Club
  • Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation
  • Nebraska Firearms Owners Association
  • Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
  • Nebraska League of Conservation Voters
  • Nebraska Sportsmen's Foundation
  • Nebraska Wildlife Federation[5]


Sen. Amanda McGill said, "I don't think anyone in this body wants to get rid of hunting and fishing. Does this really rise to the level of needing a constitutional amendment?" According to reports, McGill countered the proposal with an amendment to guarantee the right to swim, farm, ranch, drive, boat, golf, nap and watch Husker football.[4]

Sen. Steve Lathrop said, "It is feel-good legislation. When we use the constitution to make a political point or to satisfy a constituency, we're not doing our job."[6]

Sen. Brenda Council also opposed the measure and argued that the proposal "trivializes the Nebraska Constitution."[7]

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the Nebraska State Constitution

In order to qualify a proposed measure to the statewide ballot, 60% of the members of the Nebraska State Legislature must vote in approval.

On April 18, 2011, the measure passed its first hearing when the legislature voted 32-6 to enroll the proposal. On Tuesday, March 27, 2012, the measure passed its final hearing with a 41-3 vote of approval, thereby passing on to the ballot.[2][8][9]

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