Dogs; special license to track a wounded bear or deer. (HB995)

Introduced By

Del. Kathy Byron (R-Lynchburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Special license to track a wounded bear or deer with dogs. Creates a special license to find a wounded or dead bear or deer with tracking dogs maintained and controlled on a lead. The license is available to a tracker who has been engaged by a licensed hunter to track a wounded or dead bear or deer and has permission to enter or hunt on the land on which the dogs will track. The bill authorizes a licensed tracker to have a weapon in his possession and to use it to humanely kill the tracked animal. Current law prohibits a tracker from having a weapon in his possession. The bill also requires the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries to establish regulations pertaining to the new license and for the safe practice of tracking with dogs. Amends § 29.1-516.1, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


01/09/2018: Awaiting a Vote in the Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee


  • 01/09/2018 Committee
  • 01/09/2018 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18102690D
  • 01/09/2018 Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources


John Jeanneney writes:

This bill will reduce animal suffering and contribute to the safety of the handler. I have had 40 years of tracking experience, and I have been charged and knocked out by a wounded buck.

Peter Smith writes:

I have been tracking for several years and it is so important to end the suffering of these animals as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Brad Shoemaker writes:

I am a tracker, and have experienced finding live wounded animals with no weapon; this presents a danger for all concerned. This bill doesn't leave the hunter and tracker defenseless, and it helps to quickly end needless suffering.

Peter Sutphin writes:

I have a blood tracking dog and this bill is IMMORAL! Why charge someone extra $ to recover a wounded animal? We owe that animal every single effort to find it, that is just part of hunting. So don't go charging people extra money for a license just to find their animal. That's ludicrous. Most of the deer I track are for children, and I often don't make a single dime but I recover their animal for a nice meal and fantastic memory. There's one thing I can assure you though - forcing us to buy a license will result in less people calling us to help find their deer since they think we will charge an arm and a leg now since we had to buy a license which results in more wasted wildlife (coyote food)....

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