Hunting; allows person to hunt wild bird or wild animal on Sundays. (SB512)

Introduced By

Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Hunting on Sundays.  Allows any person who has obtained a hunting license to hunt any wild bird or wild animal on Sundays. Amends § 29.1-521, § 29.1-521.1, § 29.1-553, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Status

01/19/2012: Merged into SB464

History

DateAction
01/11/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12
01/11/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12100252D
01/11/2012Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/16/2012Incorporated by Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (SB464-Northam) (13-Y 1-N)
01/19/2012Impact statement from DPB (SB512)
01/19/2012Incorporated by Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (SB464-Northam) (13-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB921.

Comments

Matthew O'Brien writes:

This is the bill to get behind!

It is time for Virginians to be given the freedom to choose to particpate in an activity that is safe and legal the other 6 days of the week.

The law change that we seek wouldn't say you MUST hunt on Sunday.

You can join in on the grass roots effort here:
facebook "Legalize Virginia Sunday Hunting for All"
http://www.facebook.com/groups/vasundayhunting4all/

Robert Gift writes:

My job takes me away through the week and Sunday hunting would be great. Join the other states that have Sunday hunting.

Steve writes:

I have been reading on the over population of deer around DC and the fact that they now are considering bring in snipers to shoot them to control the population... I paid $64 this year for the right to enjoy the hunt and provide food for my family as well as assist in controling the population but I am strictly limited to the time I get to spend in the woods because of 6 day work weeks. I like that my money for the license goes back into supporting wildlife and I am not complaining about how much it costs, just complaining on the laws that keep me from the woods on Sunday.

Redd Branson writes:

This bill would be great if it passed. Like many others I work 5 days a week with only Saturday for hunting. It would be great if I could hunt on Sundays!! I have a family to feed!!!!

Ed DePietro writes:

I support the bill, because it gives an opportunity for us to hunt on a non working day. I get up goto work and get home from work when it is still dark, and still have to work a lot of Saturday's during hunting season. I like many others are starting to wonder if it is worth trying to hunt, because of the limited time I am able to go. Sunday hunting would double the time I could go.

This bill would probably increase the number of hunters, which generates more revinue for the state. It would help control the over population.

Simply put it is a win-win situation, by allowing more leisure time for some, jobs for others, and revinue for the state.

Patrick Ricucci writes:

I work six days per week and often attend my son's sports activities on Saturdays, for which I am the coach. So, unless I take leave from work, I am left with (sometimes partial) Saturdays to hunt. I read about the need to decrease the deer population, and hunting on Sundays surely would support that. I see a nation of kids that I believe would be better off spending time in the woods than time in front of a computer or video game, and hunting on Sundays would allow parents more time to give their kids that opportunity. After all, my appreciation for nature started as a child, because of the time I spent in the woods. Our children need that. Also, if (as the law currently states) the government feels that wildlife needs a "rest day", then pick a mid-week day; that still gives a day off for wildlife, but allows more chances for hunting for those that do. Whatever the issues are, there are ways to compromise for both sides and institute Sunday hunting. Sometimes change is good, and I believe the pros far outweigh the cons with this. Any chance for mankind, especially our youth, to get into nature, is beneficial to our future. Its time to allow Sunday hunting.

Patrick Ricucci writes:

I apologize, but my previous post was incorrect with regards to working six days per week; I work five (M-F), yet Saturdays are still often filled with my son's sports activities, leaving little time to hunt without the option of Sundays.

Chuck Neely writes:

This bill needs to be passed. For the future of hunting, we must have kids involved. Parents are pressed for time, working more than ever, kids have activities and sports on Saturdays. So asking those parents to buy licenses, take the time and money to bring children into hunting- for a few Saturday afternoons a season?? The average age of hunters in Virginia is somewhere around 50, if you want to help continue the downward spiral of kids in outdoor recreation- don't pass Sunday hunting.

"Laws do not prohibit other activities. Even fishing has been legal in Virginia forever, so it isn't consistent to permit one outdoor activity while banning another. Are we keeping the Sabbath when we fish, but not when we hunt on Sunday? What about golf? Shopping? Movies? Skiing? Football? Some hunters fear that a ban on Sunday hunting sends a message that hunting is less honorable than other forms of recreation, a view that can play into the hands of animal rights activists." a quote from Steve Sorensen- outdoor write and PASTOR.

Chuck Neely writes:

Please read this fact based article:

http://www.nrahuntersrights.org/Article.aspx?id=5571

Michael Maggard writes:

I fully support this bill. I work 12 hour days, 5 and sometimes 6 day's a week. I would like to be able to enjoy my sport and the time to teach my daughters how to hunt.

J Griffin writes:

I too, like to be in the woods but my freedom to do that without fear was taken away 30 years ago when a bullet went by so close to my ear that I felt the whisper from it. Now, Sundays are the only day I can feel with some confidence that going horseback riding or hiking during hunting season means I don't have to worry if the area hunters are alert and responsible that day. I am all for killing more deer as long as the meat isn't wasted, but am in favor of extending the season, and baiting and allowing more to be taken on 6 days, not 7. You hunters want to hunt. We horseback riders want to ride. Give us one day to do that in safety; you've got the other six.

Orlando Gondar writes:

Matt, you know me from Facebook, good thing
you set the link..... MY VOTE IS IN!

Thomas Westen writes:

I support Sunday hunting in Virginia. It will help control the deer populations. This will help limit the property damage deer cause due to car collisions and ruined crops.

M.E. Gruttemeyer writes:

I am a 100% Disabled Veteran, I never know from one day to the next how I will feel or if I will be able to Hunt. Since the weather does have alot to do with this, not being able to hunt on sundays is just one more obstacle for me and many others like me. And for the last few years it seems that some of the best days that I could have hunted have fallen on a sunday. When I was on active duty I lived in many other states they all allowed hunting on sunday and I never remember hearing a problem with it.

William Burnette writes:

I maintain a virginia hunting license. I also work mon-fri just like the majority of Virginians but I do not support Sunday hunting for safety and fairness. Others enjoy access to the outdoors just as I do, they face the same obstacles I do, and they should be able to have Sunday. VDGIF can extend the season, allow baiting, increase the take to management the population. All they have to do is do it. Allow ALL Virginians to increase their access to our natural resources and have a sense of ownership and we ALL reap the benefits preserving open spaces and public lands. Be INCLUSIVE and we all win!

librarybookgrl writes:

Currently it is nice that I have one day of the two-day weekend that I too can enjoy the outdoors without fear of being shot at by the trespassers on my property.

jimmy pike writes:

First of all this is about freedom of choice. The RIGHT to be able to hunt if so desired. If you don't want to don't do it. If you own land its your decision as to whether or not someone is allowed to hunt your land. This is an outdated blue law that needs to be struck down. As for the ones saying you'd like a day without fear...you have 9 months to use the woods without fear. If you want this day of rest lets make it during the week when all of the hunters are working so that the hunters can have another day to hunt. Or is this asking too much.
Secondly, there's no biological reason as to why this shouldn't happen. Other states have implemented this law and its fine.
Third, the revenue generated by Sunday hunting would be very beneficial to our economy.
Fourth, I don't think I need to go into the recruitment of new hunters-mainly youth. This would help the overall future of the sport of hunting. REMEMBER: If you take a child hunting you won't have to hunt for that child. Valuable life lessons are learned.
Bottom line is this is a win/win situation for all. Many of these groups need to realize this. And a land owner has rights and the main one should be he/she can do with his property as he/she pleases NOT dictated to what he can't do.

Waldo Jaquith writes:

Note that Del. Michael Webert (R-Marshall) has introduced Hunting; allows any person to hunt on private lands on Sunday, with permission of owner (HB369), which is functionally the same bill, with the sole exception that it affects only private land—that is, the right of people to hunt on their own property.

Wayne Hay writes:

I fully support being allowed to hunt on Sunday. I, too, work five days a week and can only hunt Saturday. This involves a 3 hour drive, one-way, to my property and then returning. Thats a lot of time and money to lawfully hunt one day a week! Lets join the other 39 states that allow Sunday hunting.

Colin Thomas writes:

I am a resident of VA and have three children who love to hunt. I have only been able to take them out once this year (and only my oldest) as I have been working 5 to 6 days out of the week and Saturdays are full of kids sports. With it being my constitutional right to hunt I would like the ability to hunt on sundays on my own land. I shoot targets on sundays now and expend many more rounds than if I was hunting. Please pass this bill. Over 90% of the country has with no significant impact.

Roger Hinde writes:

The Sunday Hunting issue has given Virginia an opportunity to allow Virginia Workers to enjoy their private property as they see fit. If they are like most and work M-F, this effectively allows them to use their weekends and their property as they desire.

For those who list all the dire consequences if this bill is in fact passed, I am left wondering why if these events had taken place that they did not call law enforcement. In practically every occurrence, the opponents list an act of lawlessness as to why they DEMAND that private property rights of others be restricted for their own desires. If they had in fact been a victim of crime, they would have reported it. If they were on land other than their own, it might explain why the did not call law enforcement.

I am reminded of my grandfathers old saying that the Moonshiners always want to keep THEIR county dry so as to keep competition down!

It is time to vote for EQUAL Freedoms for all Virginians! It is time to put Virginia on equal financial footing with other states who enjoy Sunday Hunting. It is time insure the future of hunting by keeping our hunting citizens armed with the same rights that others demand for themselves! Semper Tyrannis

Joe Cecil writes:

I would like people to consider the fact that I can only hike one day a week safely during the week as I too work 5 days a week. I do not feel safe hiking with my 5 adopted dogs or taking my horse on the trails next to hunting properties on Saturday when people are hunting and shooting. Sunday is the only day I feel safe in the woods where I live in Barboursville and Farmville. I respect the right to hunt, I want my right to hike with my dogs to be respected equally. I dont trespass on other peoples properties but the local hunters where I live do with their dogs and their guns and their 4-wheelers.

Michael writes:

This nation either honors and respects its Christian heritage or it does not. You cannot demand that Sunday be treated like every other day of the week and object when other things important to Christianity, say elimination of Christmas as a holiday, are eliminated from the public sphere.

Waldo Jaquith writes:

This nation either honors and respects its Christian heritage or it does not. You cannot demand that Sunday be treated like every other day of the week and object when other things important to Christianity, say elimination of Christmas as a holiday, are eliminated from the public sphere.

I'm impressed by your bold, principled stand for prohibiting Sunday driving, business operation, telephone usage, newspaper delivery, and television and radio broadcast.

Michael writes:

I've made no such stand even with the most generous extrapolation of what I wrote.

Apparently, you do not agree that Sunday should be treated as a special day. That's fine. I was only pointing out that you have no grounds to object to the logical consequences of your attitude. If you're OK with that, Go for it.

Waldo Jaquith writes:

It appears that it is you who does not believe that Sunday should be treated as a special day. Allowing driving on Sunday? Blasphemous!

Michael writes:

I am unaware of any religion that considers driving on a Sunday to be blasphemous. True, the Amish consider driving and most all modern technology to be sinful, but I do not know if they consider it blasphemous.