Hunters; required to identify himself when retrieving hunting dogs from landowner's property. (HB2531)

Introduced By

Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Right of certain hunters to trespass. Abolishes the right of hunters to trespass for the purpose of retrieving hunting dogs. Read the Bill »


03/20/2007: signed by governor


01/09/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 074262376
01/09/2007Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/19/2007Impact statement from DPB (HB2531)
02/02/2007Committee substitute printed 075879376-H1
02/03/2007Read first time
02/05/2007Read second time
02/05/2007Committee substitute agreed to 075879376-H1
02/05/2007Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2531H1
02/06/2007Read third time and passed House (96-Y 3-N)
02/06/2007Communicated to Senate
02/07/2007Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/2007Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/08/2007Impact statement from DPB (HB2531H1)
02/13/2007Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/13/2007VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2007Read third time
02/14/2007Passed Senate (38-Y 2-N)
02/14/2007VOTE: (38-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2007Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2531ER)
02/22/2007Signed by Speaker
02/23/2007Signed by President
02/27/2007Impact statement from DPB (HB2531ER)
03/20/2007G Approved by Governor-Chapter 658 (effective 7/1/07)
04/05/2007G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0658)


Jeff writes:

This bill is a step in the right direction but does not go nearly far enough. There is a reason why deer dogs are on posted private property; there is no minimum required acreage for hunters to release their dogs. The can literally release 40 hounds on an acre of land and allow them to run over hundreds or thousands of acres where neither the hounds nor the hunters are welcomed. In fact they do just that, 12 months out of the year. This problem is compounded by the fact that what was once rural Virginia is now suburbanized Virginia and the number of large, contiguous tracts of land of several 1000 acres or more where hound hunters can release their dogs with low probability of the hounds invading the land of others is close to nil. A number of Southern states that allow hounds to chase deer have tackled this problem by requiring those hunters who choose to hunt deer with dogs to produce documentation to the game commission prior to the hunting season that they do in fact have large contiguous tracts of land on which they will be releasing their hounds. It is about time that we do the same thing in Virginia or better yet stop the practice of hound hunting all together.