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Wisconsin Right to Hunt Amendment, Question 1 (April 2003)

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The Wisconsin Right to Hunt Amendment, also known as Right to Fish, Hunt, Trap and Take Game Amendment or Question 1, was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment which appeared on the April 1, 2003 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was approved.[1]

This measure approved amendment to Article I, Sec. 26 of the Wisconsin Constitution.[2]

Election results

Right to Fish, Hunt, Trap and Take Game Amendment
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 668,459 82.1%
No146,18217.9%

Official results via: Wisconsin Blue Book 2003-2004

Background

An earlier attempt to guarantee the right to fish, hunt, and trap was proposed in almost identical wording in 1997 Senate Joint Resolution 36, which did not pass on first consideration. A related amendment to guarantee the right to bear arms, which received second consideration in that same session, was ratified in November 1998 by an almost 3-to-1 margin. The vote created Article I, Section 25, which reads: “The people have the right to keep and bear arms for security, defense, hunting, recreation or any other lawful purpose.” The proposed new amendment would expand the protection of hunting from a “lawful purpose”, dependent upon legislative action, to a guaranteed right that could only be limited by reasonable restrictions. Trapping and fishing would be added to the guaranteed rights.

Text of measure

The following ballot text is the official language of the measure as it appeared on the ballot:

Right to fish, hunt, trap, and take game. Shall section 26 of article I of the constitution be created to provide that the people have the right to fish, hunt, trap, and take game subject only to reasonable restrictions as prescribe by law?[3]

Constitutional changes

[Article I] Section 26. The people have the right to fish, hunt, trap, and take game subject only to reasonable restrictions as prescribed by law.[4]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: SJR 2 & JR 16 (2001)
  • Second Legislative Approval: AJR 1& JR 8 (2003)[2]

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