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Sunday Hunting in the Old Dominion

Earlier this week, legislation (SB 464) to end the ban on Sunday hunting failed by a 4-3 vote in a subcommittee of the Virginia House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources.  The measure, which had previously sailed through the Senate and enjoyed broad bi-partisan support amongst rank-and-file Republicans and Democrats in the House, was killed by an apparent absence of GOP leadership. The full House never had an opportunity to express the will of their constituents state- wide.

Allowing sportsmen in Virginia to go afield on Sundays was part of larger effort to increase participation in hunting that also involved improving access and opportunity for sportsmen living in the commonwealth.  Since most hunters take to the field on weekends, removing barriers to Sunday hunting would have effectively doubled the value of most hunters’ licenses. It would also address the blatant discrimination sportsmen face — discrimination that no other sport or activity participant contends with.  This prejudice also extends to private property rights, as sportsmen are prohibited from hunting on their own land.

The benefits of Sunday hunting extend well beyond the sportsmen’s community. An economic impact report released by a coalition of America’s leading conservation, sportsmen’s and hunting organizations had found that removal of Sunday hunting restrictions would result in an estimated 3,927 new Virginia jobs. The report also noted that these jobs would pay more than $105 million in wages and contribute more than $296 million in additional economic activity to the commonwealth.

“We’re disappointed not to have Sunday hunting pass this year,” said Lawrence G. Keane, senior vice president and general counsel for the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) – the trade association for the firearms industry.  “Still, we made significant headway in helping to educate Virginians on the importance of this pro-gun, pro-hunting and pro-economic legislation.  For the first time ever in Virginia, a significant Sunday hunting measure passed both a full committee and floor vote.  We will most certainly be back next session.”

NSSF is a member of the Sunday hunting coalition which includes the National Rifle Association, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, Archery Trade Association, Bass Pro Shops, Boone and Crockett Club, Cabela’s, Delta Waterfowl, Mule Deer Foundation, National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses, Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever, Quality Deer Management Association, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Safari Club International, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance and the Wildlife Management Institute.


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6 Responses to “Sunday Hunting in the Old Dominion”

  1. Nvcdeltaconservation

    I hope NSSF does not plan to contribute to Delegate Ware…

  2. Nvcdeltaconservation

    Edit:  CONTINUE to contribute to Delegate Ware

  3. Badleroybrown2

    I am a Gun Collector…… Hunter……NRA Member…….NRA Instructor……Range Safety Officer. I am totaly against hunting on Sundays. Suppose you want to take your family on a safe hike or nature walk thru the woods on Sundays. The average hunter has 6 day’s a week to hunt, now let the non hunters enjoy their one day !  Let Sundays be the day of rest for all !  We have survived just fine in Virginia with out hunting on Sundays !!

  4. Lkeane

    Bad Leroy – YOU don’t have to hunt on Sunday but why should you or the govt tell a fellow who has to work all week to make ends meet and has chores and family obligations that a very few Sundays he cant take his son afield on his own land to introduce him to hunting? How come hikers in 39 states can seem to hike on Sundays without a problem but some how in VA it would be an issue. Besides, the hikers have all year long to hike on Sundays, not to mention they have 6 days a week to hike. How come hunters are punished by this old Blue Law but not the guy that wants to fish, golf, watch football or go to NASCAR. If you’re an NRA member you should know what is happening to hunting in America. We need to do everything we can now to improve access and opportunity. The Governor supports Sunday hunting, the fish and game commission support it as well. The House Republican leadership killed the Senate-passed bill. They need to hear from hunters. Most hunters in VA support Sunday hunting.

  5. River Mud

    BLB2 – target shooting, high speed motocross riding, and all kinds of other shenanigans all ready take place all over Virginia on Sunday.  How many times do you fire a gun on a hunt?  How many times do you fire a gun while plinking or practicing?  Yet plinking is legal on sunday, hunting is not.   That 7.62 bullet you winged at a can has no more ability to stop than a .270WIN you fired at a deer. 

  6. mformica

    Bad Leroy Brown

    What If I’m Jewish or Muslim or a Seventh Day Adventist and have to go to temple or Mosque or Church on Saturday (and I work the rest of the week)?Or what if I want to take my kids hunting, but they have basketball, football, cub scouts, etc on Saturday during the fall and school the rest of the week (and don’t forget, for most people in Virginia (ie: those of us in NoVA) its a good 2 hour car ride to any place where we can actually get out and hunt with a rifle)?What if I want to simply hunt on my own property on Sunday??