Proposed Regulation Amendment

4VAC15-90-80. Game: Deer. Muzzleloading gun hunting.

Summary

The proposal is to (i) change the number of days in the late muzzleloading season prior to the first Saturday in January from 18 consecutive hunting days to 21 days, (ii) remove the prohibition on muzzleloading pistols, and (iii) correct an oversight by adjusting the days either-sex deer may be taken with muzzleloading guns in Shenandoah County, an amendment adopted by the Board in 2013 but not included in the submission of the regulatory action to the Registrar of Regulations at that time.

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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 recommended changes incorporate Sunday hunting into the muzzleloading deer season(s).

With the passage of HB 127 in the 2014 General Assembly, deer hunting is now legal with muzzleloading pistols that are .45 caliber or larger where and in those seasons when the use of muzzleloading rifles for deer hunting is permitted.

The amendments to add Shenandoah County to subsections D and E were adopted by the Board in 2013 but were not included in the submission of the regulatory action to the Registrar of Regulations at that time; this action will correct the oversight.

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