Action Alert: Make Hunting and Fishing a Constitutional Right in Florida

April 3, 2023 By: Amber Kornak

Florida Senate Joint Resolution 1234 (SJR 1234, House companion HJR 1157) would establish a constitutional right to hunt and fish for Florida’s residents, citing the importance and value that fishing and hunting have to the management and conservation of the wildlife of Florida.


Please consider joining the National Deer Association (NDA) in supporting these bills. SJR 1234 and HJR 1157 would present voters in the November 2024 elections the option to vote for a state constitutional amendment that would protect the right to hunt, fish, and take wildlife in Florida. These bills are critical to the future of Florida’s outdoor heritage. CLICK HERE to ask your lawmakers to vote YEA on these bills.


SJR 1234 and HJR 1157 would forever preserve fishing, hunting, and the taking of fish and wildlife, including by the use of traditional methods, as a public right and preferred means of responsibly managing and controlling fish and wildlife in Florida. Importantly, these bills do not limit the authority granted to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) to make decisions regarding the scientific management the state’s fish and wildlife.

The NDA firmly believes that hunting and fishing are one of the most effective and scientifically proven methods for managing and controlling wildlife. Even more, hunting and fishing have been shown time and time again to be the primary drivers of wildlife conservation throughout North America. Sportsmen and women, through the purchases of licenses and equipment, contribute significantly to the conservation of wildlife and habitat, Florida’s economy, and the introduction of new conservationists – young and old – to the outdoors. Solidifying the right to hunt and fish by statute would be of tremendous value to Florida’s diverse hunters, anglers, wildlife and habitat.

About Amber Kornak:

Amber Kornak is a Policy Intern with the National Deer Association. She received her bachelor's degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Science from Oregon State University. She has 8 years of wildlife experience working with big game animals such as bears, deer and elk. Amber is an outdoor enthusiast currently residing in Northwest Montana.