It was an almost surreal day for me. I woke up on a Sunday and realized that I could actually go hunting for the first time EVER in Virginia. Here are the rules — and exceptions — for the new laws put in effect, allowing Sunday hunting in Virginia this year.
HUNTING ON SUNDAYS
Allows hunting on Sundays under the following circumstances:
- A landowner and his immediate family or a person with written permission from the landowner may hunt or kill any wild bird or wild animal, including nuisance species, on the landowner’s property on Sunday. All seasons, bag limits, and other laws and regulations also continue to apply. “Landowner” refers to all private landowners (including persons and entities). Public lands are not included.
- A person may hunt waterfowl on Sundays, subject to area restrictions established within seasons.
- The hunting activities mentioned above cannot occur within 200 yards of a house of worship.
- The hunting of deer or bear with a gun, firearm, or other weapon with the aid or assistance of dogs on Sunday is prohibited.
- A person may hunt raccoons until 2:00 a.m. on Sundays, but no other Sunday hunting of raccoons is permitted.
I find it to be a great decision in VA as there are alot of people who work from Monday to Saturday and never have an opportunity to hunt. They now can enjoy this great American past time. I also think that for those like me with weekends off it does not neccesarily mean I will hunt one more day a week. It allows me to pick the better of the days when the conditions are right for the game I am pursuing.
Case in point, Saturday was a sweltering day and no good for anything except a swim in the bay, I opted to spend that day with my family instead of sweating it out in a tree stand or in a marsh hunting. Sunday, however, was overcast, dreary, and perfect for a goose shoot — and yep you guessed it, that is EXACTLY WHAT WE DID!
Thank You Virginia for FINALLY joining the Sunday hunting states.