Virginia to Allow Hunting on Sundays
The Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill on January 28th that will allow hunting on Sundays in the state of Virginia. Previously, hunting was banned on Sundays and is in several states in the Eastern U.S.
The vote was taken after the House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources voted 12 to 10 to push the bill to the full house last week. Now, the Virginia state Senate is sitting on a bill that is similar to this one and will vote on it by the end of this week.
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is hoping that the bill goes through and a member of their board of directors, Scott Reed has this to say to the Richmond Times Dispatch.
“While Wednesday’s vote is an unprecedented advancement of any Sunday hunting bill in Virginia, there is still quite a bit of work before us to ensure the outdated prohibition is overturned.” Reed continued, “It is imperative that the ban is repealed to more effectively recruit youth hunters, to arrest the decline in hunting license sales, to respect private property rights and to continue our hunting heritage.”
Seems like the people are beginning to get the hint that most hunters work during the week and have their weekends off.
While this bill is a step in the right direction, it won’t include any and all hunting on Sundays. Neither of the bills in the House or Senate allows 100% hunting across the board. The exceptions include the banning of hunting bears and deer with hounds and hunting within 200 years of a house of worship.
In any case, this is better than what they had before and we’re excited that the people of Virginia may finally be able to use their weekends off to do what they love and use a little less vacation time.
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