Lawmakers to Consider Allowing Hunting on Sundays

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

On Monday, the House of Delegates will discuss a bill that would allow hunting on Sundays. Currently it is illegal to do so in Virginia.

Under the bill, people would be allowed to hunt on their private property or at someone's private property with written permission.

Delegate Todd Gilbert (R-15th) introduced the bill to give people more chances to hunt.

Hunter, Traves Perkins, supports the change. He said he was only able to hunt a week during deer hunting season.

"It is hard to find the time to get in the woods and if you have an extra day to that it would be a lot easier on hunters," said Perkins.

Gilbert said there has been a decrease in license numbers, because people do not have many days to hunt.

Perkins has thought twice about keeping his license.

"I have seriously considered not hunting at all, because what is the use of spending that kind of money on a license and fuel and everything when you only get to do it couple days out of the whole season," said Perkins.

The bill would not allow people to hunt within 200 yards of a place of worship, like a church.

Even if hunting would be far from a church, hunter James Raines disagrees with the move. For him, Sunday is a day to take it easy and pray.

"Sunday is a day of rest. I think it is the Lord's day. The animals can use a rest, people could use a rest," said Raines.

He said if people need to hunt they can choose another day.

"I just can't see how you can't work it in and you have to, you take a day of leave whatever and you go hunting," Raines.

He said even if the bill passes, he will still not hunt.

"It's time to keep a little bit of [tradition] still going," said Raines.

Delegate Gilbert said similar bills to allow Sunday hunting have been introduced before. However, this time the bill has gotten the farthest. It passed the committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources. The house of delegates will vote on the bill on Tuesday. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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