97B.081 USING ARTIFICIAL LIGHTS TO LOCATE ANIMALS.
Subdivision 1. With firearms and bows.
(a) A person may not cast the rays of a spotlight,
headlight, or other artificial light on a highway, or in a field, woodland, or forest, to spot, locate, or
take a wild animal, except while taking raccoons in accordance with section
, or tending traps in accordance with section
, while having in possession, either
individually or as one of a group of persons, a firearm, bow, or other implement that could be
used to kill big game.
(b) This subdivision does not apply to a firearm that is:
(2) in a gun case expressly made to contain a firearm that fully encloses the firearm by
being zipped, snapped, buckled, tied, or otherwise fastened without any portion of the firearm
(3) in the closed trunk of a motor vehicle.
(c) This subdivision does not apply to a bow that is:
(1) completely encased or unstrung; and
(2) in the closed trunk of a motor vehicle.
(d) If the motor vehicle under paragraph (b) or (c) does not have a trunk, the firearm or bow
must be placed in the rearmost location of the vehicle.
(e) This subdivision does not apply to persons taking raccoons under section
(f) This subdivision does not apply to a person hunting fox or coyote from January 1 to
March 15 while using a hand-held artificial light, provided that the person:
(1) is on foot;
(2) is using a shotgun;
(3) is not within a public road right-of-way;
(4) is using a hand-held or electronic calling device; and
(5) is not within 200 feet of a motor vehicle.
Subd. 2. Without firearms.
(a) Between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. from
September 1 to December 31, a person may not cast the rays of a spotlight, headlight, or other
artificial light in a field, woodland, or forest to spot, locate, or take a wild animal except to take
raccoons under section
97B.621, subdivision 3
, or to tend traps under section
(b) Between one-half hour after sunset until sunrise, a person may not cast the rays of a
spotlight, headlight, or other artificial light to spot, locate, or take a wild animal on fenced,
agricultural land containing livestock, as defined in section
17A.03, subdivision 5
, or poultry that
is marked with signs prohibiting the shining of lights. The signs must:
(1) display reflectorized letters that are at least two inches in height and state "no shining"
or similar terms; and
(2) be placed at intervals of 1,000 feet or less along the boundary of the area.
(c) It is not a violation of paragraph (a) or (b) for a person to carry out any agricultural,
occupational, or recreational practice, including snowmobiling that is not related to spotting,
locating, or taking a wild animal.
(d) Between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., a person may not project a spotlight or
hand-held light onto residential property or building sites from a moving motor vehicle being
operated on land, except for the following purposes:
(2) emergency response;
(3) normal vehicle operations; or
(4) performing an occupational duty.
History: 1986 c 386 art 2 s 17; 1987 c 131 s 1; 1987 c 149 art 1 s 46; 2002 c 351 s 16;
2006 c 281 art 2 s 36