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Sunday hunting shot down

Rural Virginia will enjoy peace and quiet with respite from hunters for at least another year, after a House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources subcommittee voted to table three bills that would have repealed or rolled back the state’s current ban on Sunday hunting.

A member of that subcommittee, 60th District House representative James Edmunds, said Thursday there was a “tremendous amount of opposition” to Sunday hunting.

“Three of the four house bills that came forward were taken off the table by the patron,” said Edmunds.

“The only one that survived to even be heard by committee was one to allow Sunday hunting in Planning District 8 in Northern Virginia, but we felt that was still the camel’s nose under the tent.

“We killed that 7-0.”

Edmunds, an avid hunter, has nonetheless stated his opposition to Sunday hunting

“People in rural Virginia especially recognize [Sunday] as a day of peace, and hunters who hunt in that area didn’t want it,” Edmunds said.

“It’s been up before us the past 15-16 years, and it’s died every year.”

Virginia is one of 11 states that prohibit hunting on
Sundays, and rural-based organizations such as Virginia Farm Bureau have stated their opposition to Sunday hunting.

Halifax County Farm Bureau President Scott Crowder said Farm Bureau is opposed to any type of hunting on Sunday.

“I myself believe everything deserves a day of rest including wildlife,” Crowder explained.

The response to the bill by area hunters was mixed.

Although the bill was tabled by the House subcommittee, the possibility exists for it to resurface during the General Assembly’s crossover deadline when the House and Senate take up legislation passed by the other chamber.