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Vote 2010: Hunting IS a right in 3 more states

Sportsmen and conservation-minded voters turned out in droves in three states to voice their agreement that the right to hunt, fish and trap should be added to their state constitutions.

Recognizing that hunters, anglers and trappers play a vital role in scientific wildlife management as part of the North American Model for Wildlife Conservation, and these activities are important to our outdoor heritage, voters in South Carolina, Tennessee and Arkansas overwhelmingly voted to amend their state constitutions to protect these time-honored traditions.

A similar move to protect hunters and anglers in Arizona was thwarted by voters who were fed misinformation through ads paid for by the Humane Society of the United States and other animal rights/anti-hunting organizations. HSUS alone spent more than $250,000 on a campaign to prevent the constitutional amendment.

Currently, 15 states have laws protecting the right to hunt and fish. They are: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin. — Matt Lindler

Task Force Focuses on Growing Hunting and Shooting

To grow hunting and sport shooting throughout the United States, Task Force 20-20 has launched a Models of Success pilot program to raise awareness of the best state recruitment and retention initiatives.

The task force was formed at the National Shooting Sports Foundation's Shooting Sports Summit in 2008 and is comprised of the firearms, state agency and conservation communities. Its goal is to increase hunting and shooting participation 20 percent by 2014.

According to the task force, four states have excellent recruitment and retention programs that with a little help can be even more successful. NSSF will fund a dedicated marketing campaign for these Models of Success programs in an effort to increase their efficiency.

The four states with programs selected as Models of Success are: