As mentioned in my column in today’s Roanoke Times, one of the bills, Senate Bill 803, would allow for the hunting of coyotes on Sunday.
There aren’t too many fans of coyotes (including Todd Burton, who sent in this shot from Rockbridge County), so doesn’t it make sense to include them in the exceptions to the Sunday hunting ban?
The Senate seems to think so. It unanimously passed SB 803 but its fate in the House seems less certain since it will likely end up in the House Natural Resources sub-committee, where Sunday hunting proposals go to die.
That sub-committee also is in control of HB 2225, which would allow hunting on Sundays on private land with the landowners permission.
State wildlife biologists have assured us that Sunday hunting will not cause population harm to the state’s game wildlife. Given that, allowing landowners to make the call about allowing hunting — or not — seems a sensible, first-step compromise that respects property owners’ rights.
Still, I harbor zero optimism that it will pass.
Am I wrong?