Voters turned out in record numbers to elect Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States, but they also sent a message to anti-hunters in states that had hunting initiatives on the ballots. Check out how citizens voted for or against hunting measures in these four states.
Indiana saw an overwhelming amount of support for Public Question 1, also known as the Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment. Indiana voted “yes” in favor of the amendment that adds the right to hunt, fish, trap and harvest wildlife to the state’s constitution. The Associated Press called the race at 9 p.m. with 50 percent of precincts reporting and 80 percent of voters favoring the constitutional amendment, The Indy Star reports. The amendment finished with 78 percent voting “yes.”
Kansas, similar to Indiana, had an overwhelming amount of support for its Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment, listed on the ballot as Constitutional Amendment 1. The amendment permits the constitutional right to hunt, fish and trap in promoting wildlife conservation and management. Voters passed the amendment with an 81 percent “yes” percentage, according to the Associated Press.
The Montana Animal Trap Restrictions Initiative, listed as I-177 on the ballot, was voted down on Election Day. The amendment would have prohibited trapping on public land. The Associated Press reports Montana voters were 63 percent against the amendment, keeping trapping on public land legal in the state.
In Oregon, voters had a measure that didn’t direct affect all hunters, but it could play a role with some outdoorsmen, with voters voting in favor of Measure 100, also known as the Wildlife Trafficking Prevention Act. The measure was aimed to protect endangered animal species by prohibiting purchase or sale of products and parts of 12 animals — rhino, cheetah, tiger, sea turtle, lion, elephant, whale, shark, pangolin, jaguar, ray, and leopard in Oregon. Measure 100 also creates penalties for anyone in the state who is selling, trading, or giving away a number of ordinary items such as pianos with ivory keys, antique firearms with ivory inlays, hunting trophies, or chess sets with ivory pieces. Measure 100 finished with a 69 percent approval vote, according to the Associated Press.