Stop Virginia’s state sanctioned trespassing on private property!
Virginia has a state law that allows non-land owners to come upon your land under the guise of looking for a hunting animal. They do not need your permission to do this and can come upon your land at any time and you have no recourse on this practice. Even if you tell them to leave your land they don’t have to, they can just call the game warden or local law enforcement to accompany them onto your land. This lawis as follows;
18.2-136. Right of certain hunters to go on lands of another; carrying firearms or bows and arrows prohibited.
Fox hunters and coon hunters, when the chase begins on other lands, may follow their dogs on prohibited lands, and hunters of all other game, when the chase begins on other lands, may go upon prohibited lands to retrieve their dogs, falcons, hawks, or owls but may not carry firearms or bows and arrows on their persons or hunt any game while thereon. The use of vehicles to retrieve dogs, falcons, hawks, or owls on prohibited lands shall be allowed only with the permission of the landowner or his agent. Any person who goes on prohibited lands to retrieve his dogs, falcons, hawks, or owls pursuant to this section and who willfully refuses to identify himself when requested by the landowner or his agent to do so is guilty of a Class 4 misdemeanor.
We need to bring Virginia’s laws back in line with the U.S. Constitution on property rights such as Article 5 of the Bill of Rights, to favor the land owner and not someone who has no business being or your land without your permission.