Hunting; lawful to hunt or kill coyotes on Sunday. (SB803)

Introduced By

Sen. Tom Garrett (R-Lynchburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Hunting nuisance species. Makes it lawful to hunt or kill nuisance species on Sunday. Among the species that could be hunted on Sunday are blackbirds, coyotes, crows, cowbirds, feral swine, grackles, English sparrows, starlings, and those species designated as nuisance species by regulations of the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries. Amends § 29.1-521, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


  • 12/20/2012 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13100717D
  • 12/20/2012 Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
  • 01/16/2013 Impact statement from DPB (SB803)
  • 01/17/2013 Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with amendments (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
  • 01/21/2013 Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 01/22/2013 Read second time
  • 01/22/2013 Reading of amendments waived
  • 01/22/2013 Committee amendments agreed to
  • 01/22/2013 Engrossed by Senate as amended SB803E
  • 01/22/2013 Printed as engrossed 13100717D-E
  • 01/23/2013 Read third time and defeated by Senate (13-Y 26-N) (see vote tally)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 10 minutes.


Waldo Jaquith writes:

This bill is in conflict with federal law. Grackles, blackbirds, and crows are protected under the Migratory Bird and Game Mammal Treaty with Mexico, which limits hunting each of these birds to just 124 days a year. This bill would raise the limit to about 140 days (if my math is right), more than is allowed under federal law.

Matthew O'Brien writes:

Why should anybody else care or say in what I do on my on property if it is an activity that is legal and safe the other 6 days of the week.

Give ALL Virginians the freedom and liberty to choose what we do with our Sunday on our own property. There is no actual ban on Sunday hunting, just some who are allowed and some who aren't.

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