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The Game Is Afoot: Constitutionalizing The Right To Hunt And Fish In The Tennessee Constitution, Jeffrey Omar Usman Jan 2009

The Game Is Afoot: Constitutionalizing The Right To Hunt And Fish In The Tennessee Constitution, Jeffrey Omar Usman

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The normative role of state constitutions, which are simultaneously paramount state law and inferior to the whims of even the most minor federal regulation, is a matter of some uncertainty. In recent years, state constitutions have been significantly affected by another wave of popular constitutionalism. As part of this movement, since 1996, seven states have adopted constitutional provisions guaranteeing a right to hunt and fish. This article explores the constitutionalization of hunting and fishing rights under state constitutions. It begins by tracing hunting and fishing rights through western legal history with a special emphasis on Ancient Rome, England, and the ...