Proposed Regulation Amendment

4VAC15-90-91. Game: Deer. General firearms season either-sex deer hunting days.

Summary

The proposal is to (i) remove the word "hunting" in the either-sex day regulations since this was a reference to the prohibition on Sunday hunting and will no longer apply, (ii) change the number of consecutive either-sex days at the end of the firearms deer seasons to 13 in counties with 12 such days currently, (iii) change the number of consecutive either-sex days at the end of the firearms deer seasons to 27 in counties with 24 such days currently, and (iv) remove the reference to Hidden Valley WMA in Tazewell County.

Text of Regulation

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 will incorporate Sunday hunting into the deer firearm season's either-sex deer day regulations. The word "hunting" is being removed throughout the regulation since this was a reference to the prohibition on Sunday hunting and will no longer apply since all days within the firearms deer season will now be "hunting" days. To minimize the potential impacts of additional Sundays as either-sex days on deer populations, consecutive either-sex days at the end of the firearms deer seasons will continue to start on a Monday and end on the last Saturday of the season. The reference to Hidden Valley WMA in the Tazewell County either-sex regulation was incorrect and should be deleted.

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