Proposed Regulation Amendment

4VAC15-20-65. Definitions and Miscellaneous: In General. Hunting, trapping, and fishing license and permit fees.

Summary

The proposal is to (i) establish a new combined license for persons hunting with a bow and arrow or a crossbow at a cost of $17 for residents and $30 for nonresidents, (ii) allow nonresident veterans who are totally and permanently disabled due to a service-connected disability to purchase annual licenses to hunt or fish at a cost equal to one-quarter the fee for the state nonresident hunting or fishing license, (iii) establish a special license for hunting foxes on horseback with hounds but without firearms at a cost of the standard hunting license and exemption from completing the hunter education program, and (iv) make other technical corrections to the fee table.

Text of Regulation

Rationale

House Bill 715 combined the crossbow and archery license into one license.

HB 991 allows nonresident veterans who are totally and permanently disabled due to a service-connected disability to purchase annual licenses to hunt or fish at a cost equal to one-quarter the fee for the state nonresident hunting or fishing license.

SB 145 established a new license for fox hunting on horseback with hounds but without firearms at a cost of the standard hunting license and exemption from completing the hunter education program.

Code of Virginia §29.1-302.02 creates special hunting and fishing licenses for resident and nonresident partially disabled veterans. The Department currently offers these licenses; however, they had not been previously included in the fee table. The proposal adds these licenses to the fee table, with no change to the fee amounts.

Code of Virginia §29.1-302 directs that the Service-Connected Totally and Permanently Disabled Veteran Resident Lifetime License to Hunt and Freshwater Fish be issued at no cost. The proposal amends the fee amount for this license accordingly.

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