Predator hunters in Virginia won’t be able to shoot coyotes on Sundays after a bill was shot down, in convincing fashion, in the state Senate.

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A bill that would have allowed coyotes to be hunted on Sunday failed decisively in the state Senate Wednesday after rural lawmakers argued its real effect would open the door to hunting other animals on Sunday. Sen. Tom Garrett, R-Louisa County, argued the bill was intended to control prolific and voracious predators that have killed many pets and farm animals, leading to a bounty on their heads in 18 counties. __

Opponents of the bill, which was defeated 29-13, argue that it was nothing more than a backdoor attempt to introduce Sunday hunting in Virginia, one of several states that does not allow any hunting on Sundays.