Governor Youngkin signs bill allowing Sunday hunting on state public lands

RICHMOND, Virginia – Governor Glenn Youngkin this week signed SB8, introduced by Senator Chap Petersen, to allow Sunday hunting on public lands more than 200 meters from places of worship. Previously, wildlife management areas and national forests were only open to hunters every other day of the week except Sunday.

“This legislation encourages Virginians to take full advantage of the many outdoor opportunities our great Commonwealth has to offer,” said Governor Youngkin. “This legislation will open up new opportunities for hunters to enjoy the sport they love.”

The board of directors of the Ministry of Wildlife Resources passed a resolution last fall supporting changes to the law to allow hunters access on Sundays. Virginia sportsmen are a significant economic force – spending more than $1.5 billion, supporting more than 39,160 jobs, generating more than $1.17 billion in wages and salaries, and $242 million in state and local taxes .

SB8 will provide the next generation of sportsmen with another weekend day during hunting seasons to recreate safely, while ensuring the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources has strong funding to do great conservation work in the whole Commonwealth. With Governor Youngkin’s signature, the legislation will take effect July 1, 2022.


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