Va. Senate passes bill to allow Sunday hunting

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The Virgina Senate passed a measure Thursday to allow state-wide hunting on private property on Sundays.

Advocates insist that lifting the ban on Sunday hunting will allow Virginians who work or are otherwise occupied during the week an additional opportunity to hunt.

The measure, approved on a 29-11 vote, would prohibit Sunday hunting within 250 yards of a place of worship.

Hunters would also have to own the land or receive permission from the landowner.

Still, the measure did not go without opposition — even among the General Assembly’s hunting advocates.

“I grew up in the woods,” said Sen. R. Creigh Deeds, Bath Democrat. “In Bath County, I never really thought of hunting’ and fishin’ as sport. It’s a way of life.”

Mr. Deeds invoked his horse-riding daughters, however, saying that during hunting season, the only day they have to ride trails is Sunday.

“Those bullets don’t know property lines,” he said. “This is the proverbial ‘nose under the tent’ legislation.’ “

Senate Democratic Leader Richard L. Saslaw said such concerns are overblown.

“This isn’t going to be the end of the world,” said Mr. Saslaw, Springfield Democrat. “I’ve heard all this before. The commonwealth survives. Trust me, it’s not the end of our state.”

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