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Virginia's new Hunting on Sundays law goes into effect July 1

March 25th, 2014 3:00 am by Staff Report

Virginia's new Hunting on Sundays law goes into effect July 1

RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is currently developing regulation amendments resulting from the new Sunday hunting legislation signed March 5 by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

The governor signed House Bill 1237, Hunting on Sundays, following years of campaigning by hunters in the commonwealth to lift the prohibition. As of July 1, sportsmen will be allowed to hunt game, such wild birds, deer and bears, on Sundays under certain conditions.

Hunting on Sundays (HB 1237) reads as follows: "Allows hunting on Sundays under certain circumstances. A person may hunt waterfowl, subject to restrictions imposed by the Director of the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, and a landowner and his immediate family or a person with written permission from the landowner may hunt or kill any wild bird or wild animal, including nuisance species, on the landowner's property. However, the aforementioned hunting activities cannot occur within 200 yards of a house of worship. The bill prohibits the hunting of deer or bear with a gun, firearm, or other weapon with the aid or assistance of dogs on Sunday. This bill is identical to SB 154."

The VDGIF will present its regulation amendments to the Board of Directors at its board meeting on April 8 and at its June 10 meeting. Final seasons and dates will be posted on the department's website July 1 as well as in the new 2014--2015 Hunting and Trapping in Virginia Guides available statewide on Aug. 1.

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