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Sunday hunting R.I.P.-- at least this year

The effort to overturn the ban on Sunday hunting sailed through the Senate last month, only to meet the fate of so many bills and die in subcommittee in the House of Delegates February 15.

Eight bills allowing Sunday hunting were introduced in the General Assembly this year, and those from the House of Delegates were already dead, despite the seeming groundswell of support from the board of the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, which said it needed the revenue, and Governor Bob McDonnell.

"Hunters didn't go down to Richmond and speak for it," says Tony Shifflett, a supporter of the change. "They stand back and wait for it to happen."

Shifflett says he's not shocked the effort died. "I thought it it had a 50-50 chance," he says.

He adds, "It's inevitable. It has to happen. You should not be allowed to be told what you can do on your own property."

Another bill that would have effectively gutted the law enforcement abilities of Department of Game and Inland Fisheries officers by prohibiting them from inspecting game and fish catches, Senate bill 26, failed a February 14 vote in the Senate.

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