Hunting on Sundays; permits hunting on public or private land, etc. (SB8)

Introduced By

Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) with support from co-patron Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Hunting on Sundays. Permits hunting on Sunday on public or private land, so long as it takes place more than 200 yards from a place of worship. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/06/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22100943D
12/06/2021Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/18/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/18/2022Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with substitite (9-Y 4-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
01/18/2022Committee substitute printed 22104683D-S1
01/20/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB8S1)
01/20/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2022Read second time
01/21/2022Reading of substitute waived
01/21/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22104683D-S1
01/21/2022Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB8S1
01/24/2022Read third time and passed Senate (29-Y 11-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2022Placed on Calendar
02/22/2022Read first time
02/22/2022Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
03/01/2022Assigned ACNR sub: Natural Resources
03/02/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 2-N)
03/02/2022Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2022Read second time
03/07/2022Read third time
03/07/2022Passed House (69-Y 28-N)
03/07/2022VOTE: Passage (69-Y 28-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2022Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB8ER)
03/10/2022Signed by President
03/10/2022Signed by Speaker
03/15/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB8ER)
03/22/2022Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 22, 2022
03/22/2022G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2022
04/05/2022G Approved by Governor-Chapter 98 (effective 7/1/22)
04/05/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0098)


Roger C Hinde writes:

Add in language: any club whose dogs MIGHT go in a direction of another property owner shall give them 24 hour notice and the right to refuse. Such club shall provide name phone number and description of dogs they intended to release.

Any such dogs not found without the proper ID can be detained until pick up by 6pm that evening without any concern from landowner regarding the interruption of that hunt.

Make this bill a quid pro quo. Give the dog hunters something and the landowners something in return.


Deer on public land gets hunted hard enough in the six days now they don't need to be hunted on Sunday's

William Strickland writes:

It would be very nice to finally have the luxury of hunting state land (which is all most of us have to hunt) on Sunday. There are a lot of hunters throughout the commonwealth that only have 1 or 2 days a week to hunt and that generally is the weekend. We pay our dues to be able to hunt when many other groups don't have to pay any special fees and have access whenever. Let's get with the times Virginia and make things right.

Matthew OBrien writes:

Fully support. It’s time has come, Virginia has proven we can all share the woods and not exclude.

Jeff Roberts writes:

Please vote NO. I grew up hunting but we need a day when a walk in the *public land* woods doesn't entail the need to worry about being shot by a trigger happy hunter who hears every leaf rustle as a deer. Every year sees someone shooting a fellow hunter by mistake.

Private land would be a different thing altogether, and I'd support that, but allowing both is proposed.

Jane Eckes writes:

Please vote NO to Sunday hunting on public land. Sunday is the only day we have to take our children out into the public lands without worrying about being shot or attacked by the animals being chased. A friend of mine was run over and bitten by a bear being chased by dogs in the National Forest. The dogs chased the bear out of the National Forest onto her property where she was working. It ran over her, knocked her down and bit her. It would have killed a child if it had bitten them that bad.
We need one day a week to enjoy the outdoors.

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