Contact your Delegate TODAY and urge him or her to allow Sunday hunting!
Tomorrow, January 22 at 8:30 a.m. in House Room C of the General Assembly Building in Richmond, the House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee will consider an important bill to allow Sunday hunting on private property with written permission from the owner.
House Bill 1237, sponsored by Delegate Todd Gilbert, repeals the ban on Sunday hunting on private lands while still prohibiting hunting within 200 yards of a house of worship and the hunting of deer with dogs.
H.B. 1237 will be heard in the full House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee tomorrow, January 22 at 8:30 AM.
Currently, Virginia is one of only six states in the country that strictly bans hunting on Sundays. This prohibition harms Virginia’s economy and threatens the very future of our hunting heritage by discouraging hunter recruitment and retention. Hunting on Sunday gives busy families the ability to teach hunting to the next generation. School and sport activities often dominate Saturdays for children, leaving Sunday as the only day to go hunting. The ban on Sunday hunting eliminates the only day that many families are able to hunt. If we can’t increase or at least sustain the number of hunters, Virginia's hunting legacy will be in serious jeopardy.
Hunting on one’s own land – private property – should be allowed seven days a week during hunting season. If a landowner does not support hunting on Sundays, for any reason, he or she has the right to refuse permission to hunters.
If you are represented by one of the members of the House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee listed below, please call and e-mail him or her TODAY and tell them that you are one of their constituents and urge support for repealing this antiquated ban on Sunday hunting. Their contact information is provided below:
Delegate Edward Scott (R-30), Chairman
Delegate Charles Poindexter (R-9), Vice Chairman
Delegate David Bulova (D-37)
Delegate James Edmunds (R-60)
Delegate Matt Fariss (R-59)
Delegate Matthew James (D-80)
Delegate Mark Keam (D-35)
Delegate Barry Knight (R-81)
Delegate Lynwood Lewis (D-100)
Delegate Danny Marshall (R-14)
Delegate Jackson Miller (R-50)
Delegate Will Morefield (R-3)
Delegate Bobby Orrock (R-54)
Delegate Ken Plum (D-36)
Delegate Brenda Pogge (R-96)
Delegate Margaret Ransone (R-99)
Delegate Mark Sickles (D-43)
Delegate Luke Torian (D-52)
Delegate Lee Ware (R-65)
Delegate Michael Webert (R-18)
Delegate Tony Wilt (R-26)
Delegate Tommy Wright (R-61)
Hunters are among the strongest defenders of the Second Amendment – and we must defend them as well. An attack on hunting is an attack on our gun rights. Tell you delegate to support the Second Amendment and save hunting in Virginia – vote YES on HB 1237.