Apprentice hunting license; Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to issue. (SB617)

Introduced By

Sen. Ken Stolle (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Apprentice hunting license. Authorizes the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to issue an apprentice hunting license. This license would be issued in lieu of the current state resident or nonresident basic hunting license. It is a one-time license that expires one year from the date of purchase and does not require the licensee to complete a hunter education course. The fee for obtaining the license would be $10 for residents and $20 for nonresidents. The purpose of the bill is to extend limited hunting privileges to persons interested in learning about hunting sports. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 083927328
01/09/2008Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/18/2008Impact statement from DPB (SB617)
01/21/2008Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with amendment (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/22/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2008Read second time
01/23/2008Reading of amendment waived
01/23/2008Committee amendment agreed to
01/23/2008Engrossed by Senate as amended SB617E
01/23/2008Printed as engrossed 083927328-E
01/24/2008Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2008Communicated to House
01/31/2008Impact statement from DPB (SB617E)
02/12/2008Placed on Calendar
02/12/2008Read first time
02/12/2008Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/20/2008Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2008Read second time
02/22/2008Read third time
02/22/2008Amendment by Delegate Lingamfelter agreed to
02/22/2008Engrossed by House as amended
02/22/2008Passed House with amendment BLOCK VOTE (94-Y 0-N)
02/22/2008VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (94-Y 0-N)
02/26/2008House amendment agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/27/2008Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB617ER)
02/27/2008Signed by Speaker
02/28/2008Signed by President
03/03/2008Impact statement from DPB (SB617ER)
03/05/2008G Approved by Governor-Chapter 416 (effective 7/1/08)
03/14/2008G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0416)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB1175.


Jackson Landers writes:

Great idea. Please pass this bill. I took up hunting just a few years ago as an adult and believe me when I say that it is very difficult for someone to start doing this out of nowhere if you didn't grow up with it. If it weren't for the fact that I had family-owned land on which to start hunting under license-exempt status, I would not have taken up the activity.

Now I get a license every year and hunt on public land all over Virginia and when my daughter is old enough I will teach her to hunt as well. I am living proof that the reduction in numbers of licensed hunters can be countered through recruitment of non-hunting adults. But you've got to give people like me an opening to get in through.

Carl Kilo writes:

I agree Jackson Landers.
I had Hunter Safety back when I was in High School. Yes, guns in school.
Teach your kids to hunt and you wont be hunting for your kids.

Waldo Jaquith writes:

This bill has passed.