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HF 3937

as introduced - 84th Legislature (2005 - 2006) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Bill Text Versions

Engrossments
Introduction Posted on 03/27/2006

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to game and fish; modifying restrictions on using artificial lights to locate
animals; amending Minnesota Statutes 2004, section 97B.081, subdivision 2.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2004, section 97B.081, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Without firearms.

(a) Between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00
a.m. from September 1 to December 31, a person may not cast the rays of a spotlight,
headlight, or other artificial light in a field, woodland, or forest to spot, locate, or take a
wild animal except to take raccoons under section 97B.621, subdivision 3, or to tend traps
under section 97B.931.

(b) deleted text beginBetween one-half hour after sunset until sunrise,deleted text end A person may not cast the rays
of a spotlight, headlight, or other artificial light to spot, locate, or take a wild animal on
deleted text begin fenced, agricultural land containing livestock, as defined in section 17A.03, subdivision
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, or poultry
deleted text endnew text begin private propertynew text end that is deleted text beginmarkeddeleted text endnew text begin postednew text end with signs prohibiting the shining of
lights. The signs must:

(1) display deleted text beginreflectorizeddeleted text end letters that are at least two inches in height and state "no
shining" or similar terms; deleted text beginand
deleted text end

(2) new text beginbear the name of the owner, occupant, or lessee of the posted property; and
new text end

new text begin (3) new text endbe placed at intervals of 1,000 feet or less along the boundary of the area.

(c) new text beginParagraph (b) does not apply to:
new text end

new text begin (1) a person tending traps under section 97B.931 or taking raccoons under section
97B.621, subdivision 3; or
new text end

new text begin (2) vehicles being operated for safety, emergency response, or occupational purposes
or for normal vehicle operations on a roadway.
new text end

new text begin (d) new text endIt is not a violation of paragraph (a) or (b) for a person to carry out any
agricultural, occupational, or recreational practice, including snowmobiling that is not
related to spotting, locating, or taking a wild animal.

deleted text begin (d)deleted text endnew text begin (e)new text end Between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., a person may not project a
spotlight or hand-held light onto residential property or building sites from a moving
motor vehicle being operated on land, except for the following purposes:

(1) safety;

(2) emergency response;

(3) normal vehicle operations; or

(4) performing an occupational duty.