Skip to main content Skip to office menu Skip to footer
Capital IconMinnesota Legislature

Office of the Revisor of Statutes

97B.621 Raccoons.

Subdivision 1. Season. The statewide open season for raccoon may be set by the commissioner.

Subd. 2. Period for treeing raccoons. Notwithstanding subdivision 1 and section 97B.005, subdivision 1, a person may use dogs to pursue and tree raccoons without killing or capturing the raccoons during the closed season and a license is not required.

Subd. 3. Nighttime hunting restrictions. To take raccoons between sunset and sunrise, a person:

(1) must be on foot;

(2) may use an artificial light only if hunting with dogs;

(3) may not use a rifle other than one of a .22 inch caliber with .22 short, long, or long rifle, rimfire ammunition; and

(4) may not use shotgun shells with larger than No. 4 shot.

Subd. 4. Prohibited methods of taking. A person may not take a raccoon:

(1) in a den or hollow tree;

(2) by cutting down a tree occupied by raccoon; or

(3) by setting fire to a tree or using smoke.

HIST: 1986 c 386 art 2 s 46; 1987 c 81 s 1; 1993 c 51 s 1; 1993 c 269 s 19; 2005 c 146 s 33

Official Publication of the State of Minnesota
Revisor of Statutes