Assemblyman Sgt. Bob Andrzejczak has introduced legislation to propose making hunting and fishing constitutional rights in New Jersey.
The concurrent resolution (ACR-210) proposes a constitutional amendment to preserve the right of people to fish, hunt, trap and harvest fish and wildlife.
“Fishing and hunting are valued elements of New Jersey’s sporting heritage,” said Andrzejczak (D-Cape May/Atlantic/Cumberland). “This amendment essentially is a Bill of Rights for our residents who enjoy fishing, hunting, trapping and harvesting fish and wildlife. Additionally, it will serve to help us control invasive and overpopulated species.”
The amendment would require that fish and wildlife be managed by laws and regulations that provide individuals with the continued opportunity to take species traditionally pursued by fishermen, hunters and trappers. Fish and wildlife management would have to be consistent with the state’s duty to conserve fish and wildlife for the recreational enjoyment of future New Jersey residents.
“New Jersey’s outdoor enthusiasts find pleasure in hunting and fishing, and we have a duty to protect these activities for future generations,” said Andrzejczak. “More than a third of states across the nation have taken action to guarantee their residents the right to hunt and fish, because they recognize that it is an effective way to both preserve traditions and manage wildlife. It’s time for New Jersey to join them.”
Should the proposed amendment receive legislative approval, it will be put before voters on the ballot during the next general election that occurs more than three months thereafter.