Bill for Sunday hunting in Va. makes it out of committee |

By Lee Tolliver

The Virginian-Pilot

The movement to open Virginia to Sunday hunting gained momentum Thursday when the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee voted 11-4 to turn a bill over to the full Senate.

Similar bills in years past have failed to make it out of committee.

“This has been a long journey,” said Matt O’Brien, a Suffolk hunter who two years ago started a Facebook page – “Legalize Virginia Sunday Hunting for All.”

“It’s game on now,” he said. “The Virginia Sunday Hunting Coalition gave a marvelous presentation.

I was not expecting this, and didn’t want to get my hopes up. But this is a huge day for Sunday hunting.”

The movement has had the support of other sportsmen’s groups, outdoors retailers, environmentalists and some lawmakers.

Several bills were rolled into one for Thursday’s session. The Senate now will review and vote on SB464, which allows private property owners to give permission to hunt on Sundays. Public lands would still be closed.  Click Link Below For Full Story!

The original bill was introduced by Sen. Ralph Northam, D-Norfolk.

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  1. Frankie Suter says:

    Yes, I absolutely support the Virginia Sunday Hunting. I support this for hunters who only get one day a week to hunt.

    Some hunters get only Saturday’s or in some cases, only half of a Saturday.

    Take muzzleloader season for an example. It is a two week season. For some hunters, it’s a two day season, or two half days, if they have to work on a Saturday. Some hunters aren’t able to take time during a work week. Or with the way the economy is now, can’t afford to take the time off. It’s not worth going out & spending money on muzzleloader gear, for that little bit of time.

    I support hunting on Sunday’s, not for just muzzleloader season, but for the all hunting seasons in general. It will get more people hunting, buying hunting gear and more, no matter which season was in. Which in turn, will help the economy with more revenue.

    These are my opinions on Sunday hunting.

    Sincerely, Frankie Suter
    “A Virginia hunter”

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