2014 New Hunting Regulations
Every September I renew my hunting licenses and pick up the newest current issue of the Virginia Hunting & Trapping Regulations, put out by the VDGIF. This year there are a few new and important regulations worth mentioning.
Hunting on Sundays - Now Allowed
There are some restrictions to this, but yes, hunting on Sundays was finally passed by state legislature this year. Here are the stipulations: it has to be on private land - no public land allowed. And you have to have written permission from the landowner that they are okay with you hunting on Sundays. This is a win-win I think because it allows hunters more time to hunt during the seasons, which will also help further control rising deer populations. It also allows people who like to use public land for non-hunting purposes to still get out on Sundays and do so without being in danger.
Blaze Orange During Muzzleloader Season Now Required
You now have to have blaze orange on during muzzleloader season - whereas in years past you didn’t have to. However, the stipulation is that if you are heading to a tree stand or other stationary location, you are only required to have it on in transit. You may take it off once you get to your location. I’m all for additional safety and think this makes a lot of sense. In fact, it’s something I already did anyway.
I will still have to work within the constraints of the area I hunt being a Chronic Wasting Disease containment area, but it’s off-balanced by the fact that I also have a 2 deer per day limit, and no EAB requirements anymore.
Something I try to recommend every year, and participate in myself, is the Hunters for the Hungry program. For those of you who will hunt deer, if you don’t want or need the meat, please consider donating your deer to Hunters for the Hungry. It couldn’t be easier - you just drive it to a participating butcher and drop it off - and it helps those in need enjoy some local meat.
I’m super excited about hunting season this year! Final preparations underway now… It’s almost time.