Ortt: Right to fish, hunt should be guaranteed by state constitution

Mike Desmond

May 18, 2017

Originally published in WBFO on May 18, 2017.

A local state senator wants New York's constitution amended to guarantee the rights of residents to hunt and fish, joining 21 other states to enshrine those outdoor rights in their state charters.

Nearly every warm weather day in Western New York, you can see people fishing along the Niagara River or heading off on a boat to challenge the fish swimming in the river or Lakes Erie and Ontario.

Senator Robert Ortt says that is a pattern across Upstate New York, a cultural thing not always understood downstate, especially in New York City. Ortt says Albany is trying to take away those activities.