Proponents of Oregon’s Initiative Petition 13 Abandon Efforts to Qualify for 2022 Ballot; Refile for 2024

Contact: Keely Hopkins, Manager, Pacific Region  

  • Proponents of the egregious Initiative Petition 13 (IP 13), which would ban all hunting, fishing, and trapping in Oregon, appear to have abandoned their efforts to qualify the initiative for the 2022 ballot. A similar ballot initiative, Initiative Petition 3, has since been filed for the 2024 election.
  • The “End Animal Cruelty Now” Campaign would have needed to gather over 112,000 signatures by early July in order to place the initiative on the November 2022 ballot.
  • The Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) has been actively engaged against Initiative Petition 13 since it was filed, serving on the Steering Committee for the opposition campaign and filing a successful challenge to the Attorney General’s suggested ballot language last June.

Why It Matters: Oregon’s hunters, anglers, and trappers have long played a vital role in funding conservation and wildlife management efforts throughout the state. Under the American System of Conservation Funding (ASCF), a unique “user pays-public benefits” structure, Oregon’s sportsmen and women generate tens of millions of dollars each year for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW). These funds are generated through fishing and hunting license sales and through an 11% excise tax paid on sporting-related goods via the Pittman-Robertson Act. Ongoing attempts to restrict Oregon’s 940,000 sportsmen and women from their outdoor pursuits of hunting, fishing, and trapping also threatens vital funding revenue for Oregon’s conservation, habitat restoration, and wildlife management efforts. 

Oregon’s sportsmen and women can breathe a sigh of relief…at least for now. Proponents of Initiative Petition 13, which would ban all hunting, fishing and trapping in the state, appear to have abandoned their efforts to qualify the initiative for the 2022 ballot. The “End Animal Cruelty” campaign needed to gather 112,020 signatures by early July in order to qualify it for the November ballot, where Oregon voters would then decide the fate of hunting and fishing in the state. The campaign has now shifted gears and has refiled a similar petition, Initiative Petition 3, for the 2024 ballot. This will start the ballot initiative process anew, including gathering sponsorship signatures and requesting a ballot title from the Attorney General, but will then allow additional time for signature gathering ahead of the 2024 signature submission deadline.

CSF actively opposed Initiative Petition 13 since it was filed. To that end, CSF serves as a member of the Steering Committee for the hunting and conservation community’s campaign. Born out of the need to organize against IP13, the sportsmen’s community has since developed the Oregon Sportsmen’s Conversation Partnership (OSCP)—a formal coalition that will continue to work together against attacks on our heritage, whether it be in the form of the newly filed Initiative Petition 3 or in the form of new legislation. Over 30 organizations are represented on the coalition, including national organizations like NWTF, Ducks Unlimited, Mule Deer Foundation, and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. CSF serves on the Board of Directors for OSCP along with the Oregon Hunters Association, Oregon Outdoor Council, Oregon Anglers Alliance, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation is proud to have been on the ground working with our partner organizations in opposition to IP 13, and will continue to do so with IP 3, and any other attacks on hunting, fishing, trapping and recreational shooting.

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