Virginia Debates Hunter Drinking

State could set low mark for blood alcohol

Outdoor Life Online Editor

Knock .06 off the current blood alcohol limit while driving (.08) and you've got the legal blood alcohol for hunting if a Virginia bill passes. Hunters blowing greater than a .02 on a breathalyzer test will be subject to a misdemeanor charge according to language in Senate Bill 1149.

The Virginia Senate introduced the legislation on recommendation from the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF). The DGIF complained that the current law is too vague, stating only that a hunter may not be intoxicated. When introduced, the bill set the legal limit at .08, but was later changed to .02. It passed unanimously in the Senate and is awaiting a vote in the House.

Some gun enthusiasts are not waiting idly by. This issue has upset many in the state who believe a blood alcohol limit would infringe on their right to bear arms. And they're ready to start a fight.