97A.091 HUNTING ON GAME REFUGES.
Subdivision 1. Hunting and possession of firearms.
Except as provided in subdivision 2,
a person may not take a wild animal, except fish, within a state game refuge. A person may
not carry within a refuge:
(1) a firearm unless the firearm is unloaded and contained in a case, or unloaded and broken
(2) an uncased bow.
Subd. 2. When hunting allowed.
(a) The commissioner may allow hunting of a protected
wild animal species within any portion of a state game refuge, including a state park. Hunting
may be allowed under this paragraph only if the commissioner finds:
(1) the population of the species exceeds the refuge's carrying capacity;
(2) the species is causing substantial damage to agricultural or forest crops in the vicinity;
(3) the species or other protected wild animals are threatened by the species population; or
(4) a harvestable surplus of the species exists.
(b) The commissioner may allow hunting of unprotected wild animals in a game refuge.
(c) The commissioner may prescribe rules for any hunting allowed within a refuge.
(d) In any selection process for permits to take deer within a game refuge, the commissioner
may designate a certain number of permits that are available only to applicants who are age 70 or
over or are qualified for a special permit under section
97B.055, subdivision 3
Subd. 3. Trap or target shooting.
The commissioner may issue special permits, without
fee, to the owner or lessee of privately owned land within the boundaries of a state game refuge
for trap or target shooting.
History: 1986 c 386 art 1 s 17; 1993 c 231 s 8,9; 1994 c 561 s 13