97A.421 Validity and issuance of licenses after conviction.
Subdivision 1. General. (a) The annual license of a person convicted of a violation of the game and fish laws relating to the license or wild animals covered by the license is void when:
(1) a second conviction occurs within three years under a license to take small game or to take fish by angling or spearing;
(2) a third conviction occurs within one year under a minnow dealer's license;
(3) a second conviction occurs within three years for violations of section 97A.425 that do not involve falsifications or intentional omissions of information required to be recorded, or attempts to conceal unlawful acts within the records;
(4) two or more misdemeanor convictions occur within a three-year period under a private fish hatchery license; or
(5) the conviction occurs under a license not described in clause (1), (2), or (4) or is for a violation of section 97A.425 not described in clause (3).
(b) Except for big game licenses and as otherwise provided in this section, for one year after the conviction the person may not obtain the kind of license or take wild animals under a lifetime license, issued under section 97A.473 or 97A.474, relating to the game and fish law violation.
Subd. 2. Issuance of license after conviction for buying and selling wild animals. A person may not obtain a license to take any wild animal or take wild animals under a lifetime license, issued under section 97A.473 or 97A.474, for a period of three years after being convicted of buying or selling game fish, big game, or small game, and the total amount of the sale is $300 or more.
Subd. 3. Issuance of a big game license after conviction. A person may not obtain any big game license or take big game under a lifetime license, issued under section 97A.473, for three years after the person is convicted of:
(1) a gross misdemeanor violation under the game and fish laws relating to big game;
(2) doing an act without a required big game license; or
(3) the second violation within three years under the game and fish laws relating to big game.
Subd. 4. Issuance after intoxication or narcotics conviction. A person convicted of a violation under section 97B.065, relating to hunting while intoxicated or using narcotics, may not obtain a license to hunt with a firearm or by archery or hunt with a firearm under a lifetime license, issued under section 97A.473 or 97A.474, for five years after conviction.
Subd. 5. Commissioner may reinstate certain licenses after conviction. If the commissioner determines that the public welfare will not be injured, the commissioner may reinstate licenses voided under subdivision 1 and issue licenses to persons ineligible under subdivision 2. The commissioner's authority applies only to licenses to:
(1) maintain and operate fur or game farms or private fish hatcheries;
(2) take fish commercially in Lake of the Woods, Rainy Lake, Namakan Lake, or Lake Superior;
(3) buy fish from Lake of the Woods, Rainy Lake, Namakan Lake, or Lake Superior commercial fishing licensees; and
(4) sell live minnows.
Subd. 6. Applicability to moose or elk licenses. In this section the term "license" includes an application for a license to take either moose or elk.