Im not anti hunting, I am anti dog deer hunting and anti Sunday hunting, and its not hysteria. I really don't care about other states and how you get along. As others have stated what goes on in Eastern VA is different than other states.
There are no effective trespass laws. Dog runners turn their dogs loose on any ones land they please then will shoot the deer as they run across the road. They sit in and around trucks, lots of noticable drinking, shoot deer as they are chased, into and across roads and trails, god forbid they get off there butts and out of range of the beer coolers and actually walk in the woods and hunt. Yes I know the vast majority of hunters are responsible safe people, its the handful of very visible slobs along the roads that worry me. Just read the news f the wild horses on CHincoteage mistakenly shot during a group deer hunt, oops.
The target shooters tend to be shooting at a fixed target and not trespassing. Usually on their own land. I shoot alot myself. SO saying people can shoot seven days a week doesnt help much. I am very involved with this issue. Much of what goes on here is unique and people that coexist with hunting in other places don't get the anti sunday, and general anti hunting sentiment over this fight in Virginia.
In VA there are no enforced trespass laws, no enforced road hunting laws, we get massive numbers of dogs and huge clubs with dozens of shooters running dogs and staked out every 100 yards up and down the roads and trails. With lots and lots of buckshot shooting.
Whats sad is I am not exaggerating, drive around eastern Va on a saturday in December.
There arnt many injuries, only a couple fatalities a year, but that is because NO one except the dog clubs will step foot in the woods except on Sunday.
I am sure this issue will be back next session. Be alert next january.