Missouri Legislator Fills Bill Protecting Right to Hunt

Missouri Rep. Jason Smith prefiled a constitutional amendment Dec. 27 that would protect the right of Missourians to hunt, fish and farm.

“While Missouri state agencies can create rules to restrict our ability to hunt, fish and farm, these rules have to comply with our constitution,” said Smith, R-Salem.

Smith told the Rolla Daily News that his bill is designed partly to protect the interests of Missouri hunters, anglers and farmers from out-of-state residents who may disagree with those pursuits.

“One way to ensure out-of-state special interests don’t pass rules restricting the number of cows that a rancher can own, or pass rules making it illegal to hunt deer, is to protect the right to hunt, fish and farm in our state’s constitution,” he said.

Read the full story here in the Rolla Daily News.