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Published November 02, 2010, 07:15 AM

Measure 2 hurts property rights

HAZEN, N.D. — On Nov. 2, North Dakotans will be faced with the greatest threat to property rights in recent history: Measure 2. If passed, Measure 2 will do more than ban the harvesting of deer, elk, buffalo and other game on private lands.

By: Dwight Grosz,

HAZEN, N.D. — On Nov. 2, North Dakotans will be faced with the greatest threat to property rights in recent history: Measure 2.

If passed, Measure 2 will do more than ban the harvesting of deer, elk, buffalo and other game on private lands.

The measure also will affect North Dakota’s landowners, hunters and ranchers.

Because of the measure’s poor wording, much will be left up to the interpretation of a judge.

Measure’s results

Though there has been some discussion surrounding Measure 2, many of North Dakota’s general public, including its farmers and ranchers, are unaware of the hidden implications of Measure 2. Consider this:

- Measure 2 is a stepping stone for out-of-state interest groups to push for even greater restrictions on hunting and ranching.

- Measure 2 is a back door for out-of-state interest groups to get into North Dakota and start challenging the livestock industry, including limits on-the-farm cattle slaughters and butcher operations.

- Measure 2 is so poorly written that alternative and diversified livestock ranchers won’t be able to process their animals for commercial sale in restaurants and grocery stores or even for personal consumption.

- This ban likely would lead to even more restrictions on the harvesting of any privately-owned livestock —whether elk, deer or bison or domestic livestock such as cattle and hogs.

- Measure 2 is the first step down a path that eventually could lead to controls or bans on forms of hunting, such as bow hunting, trapping and some forms of bird hunting.

Agweek’s readers need to know what is at stake if Measure 2 is passed.

More laws

The only certainty with Measure 2 is that it will open the door to more laws that will take away the citizen’s freedom to choose where they hunt, the landowner’s right to decide how they use their land and the rancher’s right to decide what livestock to raise.

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Editor’s Note: Grosz is co-chair of Citizens to Preserve North Dakota’s Property Rights.

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