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                            CHAPTER 428-S.F.No. 2683 
                  An act relating to game and fish; exempting archery 
                  bows used for bow fishing from casing requirement; 
                  authorizing disability permits for taking rough fish 
                  and hunting small game with a crossbow; amending 
                  Minnesota Statutes 1998, sections 97B.051; 97B.055, 
                  subdivision 2; and 97B.106. 
        BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
           Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 97B.051, is 
        amended to read: 
           97B.051 [TRANSPORTATION OF ARCHERY BOWS.] 
           Except as specified under section 97B.055, subdivision 2, a 
        person may not transport an archery bow in a motor vehicle 
        unless the bow is:  
           (1) unstrung; 
           (2) completely contained in a case; or 
           (3) in the closed trunk of a motor vehicle.  
           Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 97B.055, 
        subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 2.  [RESTRICTIONS RELATED TO MOTOR VEHICLES.] A 
        person may not take a wild animal with a firearm or by archery 
        from a motor vehicle except as permitted in this section.  An 
        archer in a permitted bow fishing tournament A person may 
        transport the a bow uncased while in an electric motor-powered 
        boat and may take rough fish while in the boat. 
           Sec. 3.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 97B.106, is 
        amended to read: 
           97B.106 [CROSSBOW PERMITS FOR HUNTING AND FISHING.] 
           Subdivision 1.  [QUALIFICATIONS FOR CROSSBOW PERMITS.] (a) 
        The commissioner may issue a special permit, without a fee, to 
        take big game, small game, or turkey rough fish with a crossbow 
        to a person that is unable to hunt or take rough fish by archery 
        because of a permanent or temporary physical disability.  
           (b) To qualify a person for a special crossbow permit under 
        this section, a temporary disability must render the person 
        unable to hunt or fish by archery for a minimum of two years 
        after application for the permit is made.  The permanent or 
        temporary disability, must be established by medical evidence, 
        and the inability to hunt or fish by archery for the required 
        period of time must be verified in writing by a licensed 
        physician or chiropractor. 
           (c) The person must obtain the appropriate license.  
           Subd. 2.  [CROSSBOW EQUIPMENT AND REQUIREMENTS.] The (a) A 
        crossbow used for hunting under the provisions of this section 
        must:  
           (1) be fired from the shoulder; 
           (2) deliver at least 42 foot-pounds of energy at a distance 
        of ten feet; 
           (3) have a stock at least 30 inches long; 
           (4) have a working safety; and 
           (5) be used with arrows or bolts at least ten inches long 
        with a broadhead. 
           (b) An arrow or bolt used to take big game or turkey under 
        the provisions of this section must meet the legal arrowhead 
        requirements in section 97B.211, subdivision 2. 
           (c) An arrow or bolt used to take rough fish with a 
        crossbow under the provisions of this section must be tethered 
        or controlled by an attached line. 
           Sec. 4.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
           This act is effective the day following final enactment. 
           Presented to the governor April 17, 2000 
           Signed by the governor April 20, 2000, 10:20 a.m.