The state is the latest where voters have weighed in on the debate.
North Carolina voters on Tuesday approved an amendment to codify the right to hunt and fish in the state’s constitution.
This type of amendment is not new, though it has rapidly gained steam in the last two decades. More than 20 states have cemented a constitutional right to hunt and fish -- most through the ballot box.
The effort was backed by outdoor sporting groups and the National Rifle Association (NRA) but faced concerns from animal rights groups.
Approved by 57 percent of the vote, this change will limit the state's ability to regulate hunting and establish hunting as the "preferred" means of managing wildlife.
Some opponents view this policy through the lens of gun rights. After all, the NRA testified in support of the amendment in June. But supporters say it's about protecting a rural pastime that in some cases becomes a necessary source of food.