Hunting on private land on Sundays is one step closer to becoming law with passage of a bill by the Virginia Senate.
Sen. Ralph Northam's measure advanced to the House of Delegates on a 29-11 vote over the objection of senators who said it would discourage people from other outdoor pursuits on Sundays, the only day when sportsmen aren't firing guns nearby.
The bill applies only to people who wish to hunt on their own property or those bearing written permission from a landowner to hunt on the property of another.
Sen. Creigh Deeds said his daughters are avid equestrians who love horseback trail rides, but do so only on Sundays when stray bullets aren't a threat.
Norham said the bill gives working people time to hunt on weekends.