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HF 1185

1st Engrossment - 88th Legislature (2013 - 2014) Posted on 03/14/2013 04:35pm

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

Bill Text Versions

Introduction Posted on 03/04/2013
1st Engrossment Posted on 03/14/2013

Current Version - 1st Engrossment

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A bill for an act
relating to game and fish; establishing an elk license auction to control elk
causing damage or nuisance; appropriating money; amending Minnesota Statutes
2012, section 97B.515, subdivision 4.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 97B.515, subdivision 4, is amended to read:

Subd. 4.

Taking elk causing damage or nuisance.

new text begin(a) new text endThe commissioner may
authorize licensed hunters to take elk that are causing damage or nuisance from August
15 to March 1 under rules prescribed by the commissioner. The commissioner may
issue licenses to huntersnew text begin by public auction conducted through an auction process as
provided under paragraph (b). If the commissioner is unable to award a sufficient number
of licenses to address the damage or nuisance being caused by elk, the commissioner
may issue licenses to hunters
new text end impartially selected from a list of elk hunt applicants who
indicated on their application that they would be interested and available to respond to
an elk damage or nuisance situation. Notwithstanding section 97A.433, subdivision 2,
clause (2), a person receiving a license to hunt elk under this subdivision does not lose
eligibility for future elk hunts.

new text begin (b) The commissioner must first award elk licenses to take elk causing damage or
nuisance by public auction. The commissioner shall establish the form and procedures for
conducting the auction. The commissioner must award elk licenses under this subdivision
to the highest bidders until all elk licenses have been awarded or all eligible bidders have
received a license. A person awarded an elk license under this subdivision has 15 days to
submit payment for the license. The minimum bid for an elk license is $287. The amount
paid for each elk license issued under this subdivision shall be deposited in the general
fund and is appropriated to the commissioner of agriculture for compensation for crop or
fence damage caused by elk as provided under section 3.7371.
new text end