language to be deleted (2) new language
Laws of Minnesota 1989 CHAPTER 153-S.F.No. 297 An act relating to game and fish; regulating ammunition that may be used to take big game; authorizing party hunting for small game; authorizing party fishing by angling; amending Minnesota Statutes 1988, section 97B.031, subdivision 1; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapters 97B and 97C. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 1988, section 97B.031, subdivision 1, is amended to read: Subdivision 1. [FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION THAT MAY BE USED TO TAKE BIG GAME.] (a) A person may take big game with a firearm only if: (1) the rifle, shotgun, and handgun used is a caliber of at least .23 inches; (2) the firearm is loaded only with single projectile ammunition; (3) a projectile used is a caliber of at least .23 inches and has a soft point or is an expanding bullet type; (4) the ammunition has a case length of at least 1.285 inches; (5) the muzzle-loader used is incapable of being loaded at the breech; (6) the smooth-bore muzzle-loader used is a caliber of at least .45 inches; and (7) the rifled muzzle-loader used is a caliber of at least .40 inches. (b) A person may not take big game with a .30 caliber M-1 carbine cartridge. (c) A person may take big game with a ten millimeter cartridge. Sec. 2. [97B.603] [SMALL GAME PARTY HUNTING.] While two or more persons are hunting small game as a party and maintaining unaided visual and vocal contact, a member of the party may take and possess more than one limit of small game, but the total number of small game taken and possessed by the party may not exceed the limit of the number of persons in the party that may take and possess small game. Sec. 3. [97C.317] [FISHING AS A PARTY.] While two or more persons are taking fish by angling as a party, the total number of fish taken and the total number of fish possessed by the party may not exceed the limit of the number of persons in the party that may take and possess fish by angling. For the purpose of this section a party means, for persons who are not on the water that the persons are maintaining unaided visual and vocal contact, and for persons who are on the water that the persons are angling from a single watercraft. Sec. 4. [EFFECTIVE DATE.] Sections 2 and 3 are effective the day following final enactment. Presented to the governor May 18, 1989 Signed by the governor May 19, 1989, 12:07 a.m.