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97A.411 VALIDITY OF LICENSES.
    Subdivision 1. License period. (a) Except as provided in paragraphs (b), (d), and (e), a
license is valid during the lawful time within the license year that the licensed activity may be
performed. Except as provided in paragraph (c), a license year begins on the first day of March
and ends on the last day of February.
    (b) A license issued under section 97A.475, subdivision 6, clause (5), 97A.475, subdivision
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, clause (2), (3), (5), or (6), or 97A.475, subdivision 12, clause (2), is valid for the full license
period even if this period extends into the next license year, provided that the license period
selected by the licensee begins at the time of issuance.
    (c) The license year for resident fishing, the angling portion of a sporting license, nonresident
fishing, resident fish house, resident dark house, and nonresident fish house begins on March 1
and ends on April 30 of the following year.
    (d) A lifetime license issued under section 97A.473 or 97A.474 is valid during the lawful time
within the license year that the licensed activity may be performed for the lifetime of the licensee.
    (e) A three-year fish house or dark house license is valid during the license year that it is
purchased and the two succeeding license years.
    Subd. 2. Signature on stamps. A migratory waterfowl or pheasant stamp issued under the
game and fish laws must be signed by the licensee across the front of the stamp to be valid.
    Subd. 3. Deer license. (a) Except as provided in paragraphs (b) and (c), a license to take deer
by archery, firearms, or muzzleloader issued after the opening of the related archery, firearms, or
muzzleloader deer season, respectively, is not valid until the second day after it is issued.
(b) The commissioner may issue a license to take additional deer under section 97B.301,
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, that is valid immediately upon issuance.
(c) Paragraph (a) does not apply to deer licenses for discharged military personnel under
section 97A.465, subdivision 4.
History: 1986 c 386 art 1 s 55; 1992 c 462 s 13; 1996 c 410 s 25; 1997 c 226 s 19,20; 1998
c 252 s 1; 2000 c 341 s 3; 1Sp2001 c 2 s 107; 2007 c 57 art 1 s 85; 2007 c 131 art 1 s 24