Baldwin v. Fish and Game Commission of Montana

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Baldwin v. Fish and Game Commission of Montana
Seal of the United States Supreme Court.svg
Argued October 5, 1977
Decided May 23, 1978
Full case name Lester Baldwin, et al. v. Fish and Game Commission of Montana, et al.
Citations 436 U.S. 371 (more)
Holding
Recreational hunting is not a fundamental right and therefore is not within the purview of privileges and immunities clause. The Montana statutory does not violate the equal protection clause.
Court membership
Case opinions
Majority Blackmun, joined by Burger, Stewart, Powell, Rehnquist, Stevens
Dissent Brennan, joined by White, Marshall

Baldwin v. Fish and Game Commission of Montana, 436 U.S. 371 (1978), was a United States Supreme Court case that affirmed the right of the state of Montana to charge higher fees for out-of-state elk hunters.[1]

Background[edit]

In the state of Montana, the fee for an elk-hunting licenses for nonresidents of the state were substantially higher than the fee for residents of the state in the 1970s.[2]

Decision of the Court[edit]

In a 6-3 decision in favor of the state of Montana, Justice Blackmun wrote the opinion for the majority. The court found that the licensing system bore some rational relationship to legitimate state purposes. The court concluded that the nonresidents' interest in sharing the limited resource on more equal terms with residents simply did not fall within the purview of the Privileges and Immunities Clause. Equality in access to state elk was not basic to the maintenance or well-being of the union, and whatever rights or activities were fundamental under the Privileges and Immunities Clause, elk hunting by nonresidents was not one of them. The legislative choice was an economic means not unreasonably related to the preservation of a finite resource and a substantial regulatory interest of the state because it served to limit the number of hunter days.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Howard, J. G. (1978). "The Privileges and Immunities Clause: A Reaffirmation of Fundamental Rights". University of Miami Law Review 33: 691. ISSN 0041-9818. 
  • Ramlow, Jim (1977). "Montana Outfitters v. Fish and Game Commission: Of Elk and Equal Protection". Montana Law Review 38: 387. ISSN 0026-9972. 
  • Simson, Gary J. (1979). "Discrimination against Nonresidents and the Privileges and Immunities Clause of Article IV". University of Pennsylvania Law Review (The University of Pennsylvania Law Review) 128 (2): 379–401. doi:10.2307/3311657. JSTOR 3311657. 

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External links[edit]

  • Text of Baldwin v. Fish and Game Commission of Montana, 436 U.S. 371 (1978) is available from:  Findlaw  Justia