Just today, House Bill 1237 was reported from the committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with a razor thin 12-10 vote.
This legislation, if passed by both bodies and signed by the Governor, would allow for limited hunting on Sundays in the Commonwealth. The bill only allows for Sunday hunting on private property, and prohibits hunting with deer or bear dogs. It requires that the hunter have written permission from the land owner, except in cases where the land owner is immediate family of the hunter. Additionally it prohibits hunting on Sundays within 200 yards of any church or other house of worship.
Though there have been numerous Sunday hunting bills over the past few years, none have advanced beyond the Agriculture committee. Because I do not sit on the Ag committee, I have never had the opportunity to cast a vote either for or against any form of Sunday hunting legislation.
I am not a hunter myself, and therefore I do not personally have a strong position on the issue. For that reason, I am asking for your feedback.
I would expect that discussion on the House floor could be as early as Friday, and this bill could be before the House for a final vote by Monday. Therefore I need to hear from you as soon as possible.
Please email your thoughts on this legislation to us at DelDBell@house.virginia.gov. Because of the volume of email we receive during Session, we ask that you please put Sunday Hunting in the subject line to ensure that we view the email in a timely manner.
If you wish to see a summary and full text of the legislation, you can do so online at here.
Your immediate response will be greatly appreciated!