Red, White & Blue
Voters to decide on hunt, fish and trap measure
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- There is little doubt Idaho residents love heading to the backcountry to hunt or fish.
The question before voters Tuesday is whether the right to hunt, fish and trap should be protected in the Idaho Constitution.
Earlier this year, state lawmakers approved HJR2 with support from both parties.
If approved at the polls, Idaho would join 13 other states that have amended their constitutions to preserve into perpetuity the collective right to hunt, fish and trap.
Supporters say protections are essential to preventing restrictions from outside animal rights groups or changing public attitudes on those activities.
But not everyone is convinced a constitutional amendment is necessary -- especially for trapping.
Critics say trapping remains cruel and inhumane. Foes also say the constitution was never intended to protect such activities.