2014 Virginia’s Legislative - Senate Joint Resolution no. 79.SJR 79 requested that the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) to study the removal of the prohibition against hunting over bait. In response to this request the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries formed an internal committee to write a report for the Virginia General Assembly.
As part of the drafting for the report, the Committee surveyed the outdoor recreation conservation community and related organizations within Virginia that may have been impacted by hunting over bait and asked if any of these organizations would like to express an opinion regarding hunting over bait in Virginia (pro or con).
The Virginia Waterfowlers’ Association (VAWFA) board members were asked if they would express an opinion in regards of SJ79. Enclosed below is a copy of the VAWFA board members’ response to the VDGIF Committee’s request.
As an example, below are pictures supporting why the VAWFA board members had concerns. The baited area was found by VAWFA members while scouting after the October waterfowl hunting season. The Code of Virginia 29.1-521.1 Willfully impeding hunting or trapping; penalty.
A. It is unlawful to willfully and intentionally impede the lawful hunting or trapping of wild birds or wild animals.
B. It is unlawful for any person or his agent to knowingly and intentionally facilitate or attempt to cause a violation of subdivision A 4 of § 29.1-521 by putting out bait or salt for any wildlife in any place used or occupied by hunters to hunt wild birds or wild animals.
C. Any person convicted of a violation of this section is guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor.
1988, c. 584; 2010, c. 626.
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New for 2017: HOUSE BILL 1875
The board members of the VAWFA encourage all waterfowl hunters and all license waterfowl blind owners to contact their legislative representative and let the representative know if you support or oppose HOUSE BILL 1875.
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HB 1875 Waterfowl blinds; distance of floating blinds from stationary blinds.
Introduced by: Brenda L. Pogge
SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:
Waterfowl blinds; distance of floating blinds from stationary blinds. Reduces from 500 yards to 250 yards the minimum distance a hunter, while hunting, is required to maintain between his licensed floating waterfowl blind and a licensed stationary blind.
01/10/17 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101864D pdf
01/10/17 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101864D01/10/17 House: Committee Referral Pending
Senate Joint Resolution no. 79.
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