Throwing Shade

Hunting and fishing? Let's fight for issues that really matter in Mississippi


Some Mississippians are avid hunters, and other Mississippians spend more time on water than on land.

The Magnolia state has preserved thousands of acres of sprawling green space that make for outdoorsmen's paradise. Many personal friends spend their winters in the Delta at hunting camps, tracking deer and bringing it home to to skin, clean and stock their freezers.

South Mississippi's backyard is the Gulf of Mexico -- seafood brokers make their living from it, Coastians enjoy their summers alongside it, and fisherman make glorious catches from it. For some, there's nothing more relaxing than taking a boat ride into the Mississippi Sound and soaking up the sun, water and sea life that helps define South Mississippi culture.

Hunters and fisherman should have free reign to practice their sport, but why did we feel like it should be a constitutional right?

Hunting and fishing is a recreational hobby, but why should a hobby enjoyed by many but not all become a part of our Constitution?

In Mississippi, some citizens don't have a constitutional right to marry, but all citizens have the right to grab a bow and arrow and get in a tree stand or grab a fishing line and try to hook a fish. That makes so much sense, right?

If we're going to make recreational activities entitled rights, I would like to add some other activities to the list -- tennis, swimming, CrossFit and karaoke. We should all be entitled to belt out "Proud Mary" at any given time, as protected by the Constitution.

Mississippians need to stop falling into a trap of finding passion in issues that don't really matter and start researching the issues that affect us all.

Education, the economy, jobs, hot-button social issues and population change are all more important than being guaranteed the right to stock your deep freezer with deer sausage and redfish.