ILA | Virginia: House Passes Sunday Hunting Expansion

Today, the House voted 69 to 28 to pass Senate Bill 8, authorizing Sunday hunting on public lands. It will soon go to Governor Glenn Youngkin’s office for review. Please contact Governor Youngkin and ask him to sign SB 8 into law.

Senate Bill 8 expands hunting opportunities in Virginia by allowing Sunday hunting on public lands, while maintaining the ban on hunting within 200 yards of a place of worship on Sundays. This ensures that hunters have time to continue hunting, or to introduce new hunters, and also ensures that public lands can be enjoyed by those who fund them.

One of the biggest challenges hunters face today is access to land. Our modern work and school lifestyles essentially mean that most working adults and their children can only hunt on weekends. Hunters and gun owners fund conservation efforts and maintenance of the state’s public hunting lands through hunting license fees and Pittman-Robertson gun excise taxes, ammunition and archery equipment. Despite this, Sunday hunting is still not permitted on public lands in Virginia, leaving Saturday the only day most hunters can go into the field.

NRA thanks Bill boss, Senator Chap Petersen (D-34), and speaker Todd Gilbert, for their strong leadership in guiding this bill through the General Assembly. Again please contact Governor Youngkin and ask him to sign SB 8 into law.