On March 5, 2014, a law was signed into place to repeal the prior ban on hunting on Sundays. The new law allows hunting on Sundays under certain circumstances. A person may hunt waterfowl, subject to restrictions imposed by the Director of the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, and 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. However, the aforementioned hunting activities cannot occur within 200 yards of a house of worship and prohibits the hunting of deer or bear with a gun, firearm, or other weapon with the aid or assistance of dogs on Sunday. All seasons, bag limits, and other laws and regulations also continue to apply.
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"Through our Virginia legislative sportsmen's caucus, part of our National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses (NASC), we will be working to repeal the Old Dominion's ban on Sunday hunting. One of the biggest obstacles to recruiting new hunters is lack of access and opportunity, and by restricting hunting on Sunday, Virginia is limiting opportunities for current hunters and making it more difficult to recruit new ones." -- Jeff Crane, President of the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation.
"The Virginia ban on Sunday hunting has had a devastating impact on hunter recruitment and retention in the commonwealth, yet there is no biological justification for the prohibition. Most families with youth sports and other family obligations on Saturdays are deprived of their only hunting opportunity. This leads to the failed recruitment of new Virginia hunters vitally needed to maintain healthy wildlife populations and preserve the Old Dominion's rich hunting heritage." -- Chris W. Cox, NRA-ILA Executive Director
"This much is clear. Those who oppose this legislation stand with the likes of PETA and the Humane Society of the United States, not Virginia's sportsmen." -- Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel