Rifle Hunting is a Hot Potato for Louisa Supervisors

By. John Haksch, Field Officer

The Louisa County Board of Supervisors tossed the question of allowing limited rifle hunting in the county to the Planning Commission, who lobbed it right back, after voting to decline to take a position on the issue.

At issue is a proposition to allow hunting with high caliber rifles from tree stands or other elevations of 10 feet or more (such as a haystack) during deer season. There has been lively debate – some less than courteous – since the proposal resurfaced after several years in hiding. Prior to the board meeting it was reported that calls and letters received by board members were running 3 to 1 in favor of the ordnance change.

Those who were part of the large turnout at Tuesday’s board meeting, however, were more than 4 to 1 opposed. The Supervisors then decided to table any action until such time as the County Attorney can come up with a palatable wording for a possible county-wide referendum in November.


John Haksch is the Louisa County Field Officer for the Free Enterprise Forum a privately funded public policy organization.

The Free Enterprise Forum Field Officer program is funded by a generous grant from the Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS® (CAAR) and by readers like you.  To support our work please donate online at www.freeenterpriseforum.org


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