On another somewhat controversial issue now in the news — Sunday hunting — a committee voted last week to allow hunting on Sunday on private land.
According to Sen. Frank Ruff Jr., this piece of legislation is being pushed by those who live in urban areas who want to be able to travel to rural communities and hunt all weekend.
The senator joins Del. James Edmunds and other legislators from rural regions in opposing the bill.
The opposition falls along three concerns.
The first — religious reasons.
The second — non-hunters should have one weekend day to enjoy the outdoors in the fall.
The third — landowners’ concerns about out-of-towners who do not know where one farm ends and another begins and will come onto their property.
According to our senator from Clarksville, the first two reasons are self-explanatory.
The third, however, is the one issue that will in the long run do major damage to hunting in Virginia, the senator believes.
Landowners who do not want hunters on their property on Sunday will not post their property on Saturday night and then remove the signs on Monday morning. They will more likely simply not allow hunters. Over time, hunters will have fewer and fewer places in which they will be permitted to hunt.
This week the bill will go to the full Senate, and Sen. Ruff promises to try his best to stop it there.
To let the senator know how you feel about Sunday hunting and other issues of concern, email him at
, call 804-698-7515, or write him at P.O. Box 396, Richmond, VA 23218.
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