Richmond, VA, United States (4E Sports) – Hunting will be allowed on Sundays once a new Virginia legislation is signed into law by Governor Terry McAuliffe.
The Sunday hunting bill was passed with relative ease throughout the House of Delegates last month with a vote of 71-27. The Senate then approved the bill on Feb. 18 with a vote of 28-11.
If enacted into law, hunting will be allowed during Sundays. Also hunters who are properly licensed will be allowed to hunt on private land such as their own or someone else’s property.
The measure provides that hunters must carry with them a note with the landowner’s written permission if hunting on someone else’s land.
The new law will also prohibit any hunting within 200 yards of a place of worship, meaning it will still be illegal to hunt on public land such as the National Forest on Sundays.
Presently, hunters are allowed to hunt Monday through Saturday from an hour before sunrise to an hour after sunset, according to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries website.
The only way hunters can hunt on Sunday is if they are on a licensed hunting preserve.
The measure was welcomed by hunters, including Keifer Titus and Junior Brandon Garrett.
“I feel like the law for Sunday hunting should’ve been changed long ago,” Titus said.
“I’m a Christian and I appreciate Sundays being for religious purposes but not everyone has the same beliefs as me so they should be allowed to hunt when they want,” said Garrett.
The bill was originally introduced by Delegate Todd Gilbert from Shenandoah County and Senator Phillip Puckett from Russell County but was killed multiple times when it reached the House floor.