Bear hound training; allows training of dogs to hunt bears to occur from 4:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. (HB95)

Introduced By

Del. Tony Wilt (R-Harrisonburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Bear hound training.  Allows the training of dogs to hunt bears to occur at night. Currently, the training of dogs to hunt bears is limited to one-half hour before sunrise until four and one-half hours after sunset. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/28/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12101451D
12/28/2011Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/18/2012Assigned ACNRsub: Natural Resources
01/19/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB95)
01/25/2012Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 3-N)
02/01/2012Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with amendment (16-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2012Read first time
02/03/2012Read second time
02/03/2012Committee amendment agreed to
02/03/2012Engrossed by House as amended HB95E
02/03/2012Printed as engrossed 12101451D-E
02/06/2012Read third time and passed House (75-Y 21-N 1-A)
02/06/2012VOTE: PASSAGE (75-Y 21-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/07/2012Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/2012Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/09/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB95E)
02/16/2012Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2012Read third time
02/21/2012Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2012Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB95ER)
02/24/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB95ER)
02/24/2012Signed by Speaker
02/27/2012Signed by President
03/13/2012G Approved by Governor-Chapter 226 (effective 7/1/12)
03/13/2012G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0226)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 1 minute.


Kathryn Brett writes:

I am adamantly opposed to this bill! Bear hunters are already allowed to "train" their dogs 7 days a week and from before sunrise to way into the early morning hours after sunset. I have lived in rural Botetourt County for over 12 years, and every year, during the "chase" season and the bear season when hounds are used, my life has been negatively impacted by bear hunters because of relentless traffic, noise, driving offenses (reckless driving, blocking of the roads, etc.), trespass issues, hounds howling and running across my land and in my pastures (all posted land!), littering, and poaching. As it stands now, there is no peace during these times. I cannot peaceably enjoy the use of my own land during these times (which is a constitutional right, by the way!). I implore you to opppose this bill which would take away the few nighttime hours left!