Proposed Regulation Amendment

4VAC15-50-11. Game: Bear. Open season; generally.

Summary

The proposal is to change the number of days following the opening day of the bear open season from 17 consecutive hunting days to 19 days in 11 counties or portions of counties.

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Rationale

Legislation passed by the 2014 General Assembly allows hunting on Sundays in Virginia effective July 1, 2014, under provisions specified in Code of Virginia §29.1- 521. The regulation amendment will change the bear open season dates in certain counties to include Sundays within the current season framework, which results in the seasons starting and closing at the same time they did prior to the new legislative changes. This change accounts for the addition of two Sundays in the counties (or portions) of Carroll, Floyd, Franklin, Grayson, Henry, Montgomery (southeast of I-81) , Patrick, Pulaski (southeast of I-81), Smyth (southeast of I-81), Washington (northwest of I-81 and west of Route 19), Washington (southeast of I-81), and Wythe (southeast of I-81).

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