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97A.441 LICENSES TO BE ISSUED WITHOUT A FEE.
    Subdivision 1. Angling and spearing; disabled residents. Licenses to take fish by angling
or spearing shall be issued without a fee to a resident who is:
(1) blind;
(2) a recipient of supplemental security income for the aged, blind, and disabled;
(3) a recipient of Social Security aid to the disabled under United States Code, title 42,
section 416, paragraph (i)(l) or section 423(d);
(4) a recipient of workers' compensation based on a finding of total and permanent disability;
or
(5) 65 years of age or older and was qualified under clause (2) or (3) at the age of 64.
    Subd. 2. Angling; foreign exchange students. A license to take fish by angling shall be
issued without a fee to a citizen of a foreign country that is attending school in this state as
an exchange student.
    Subd. 3. Angling; residents of state institutions. The commissioner may issue a license,
without a fee, to take fish by angling to a person that is a ward of the commissioner of human
services and a resident of a state institution upon application by the commissioner of human
services.
    Subd. 4. Angling; developmentally disabled residents. A person authorized to issue
licenses must issue, without a fee, a permanent license to take fish by angling to a resident at
least 16 years old that is developmentally disabled upon being furnished satisfactory evidence
of the disability.
    Subd. 5. Angling; disabled veterans. A person authorized to issue licenses must issue,
without a fee, a permanent license to take fish by angling to a resident who is a veteran, as defined
in section 197.447, and that has a 100 percent service connected disability as defined by the
United States Veterans Administration upon being furnished satisfactory evidence.
    Subd. 6. Taking deer; disabled veterans. A person authorized to issue licenses must issue,
without a fee, a license to take deer with firearms or by archery to a resident that is a veteran, as
defined in section 197.447, and that has a 100 percent service connected disability as defined by
the United States Veterans Administration upon being furnished satisfactory evidence.
    Subd. 6a. Taking small game; disabled veterans. A person authorized to issue licenses
must issue, without a fee, a license to take small game to a resident who is a veteran, as defined in
section 197.447, and who has a 100 percent service connected disability as defined by the United
States Veterans Administration upon being furnished satisfactory evidence.
    Subd. 7. Owners or tenants of agricultural land. (a) The commissioner may issue, without
a fee, a license to take an antlerless deer to a person who is an owner or tenant of at least 80 acres
of agricultural land, as defined in section 97B.001, in deer permit areas that have deer archery
licenses to take additional deer under section 97B.301, subdivision 4. A person may receive only
one license per year under this subdivision. For properties with co-owners or cotenants, only one
co-owner or cotenant may receive a license under this subdivision per year. The license issued
under this subdivision is restricted to land leased for agricultural purposes or owned by the holder
of the license within the permit area where the qualifying land is located. The holder of the license
may transfer the license to the holder's spouse or dependent. Notwithstanding sections 97A.415,
subdivision 1
, and 97B.301, subdivision 2, the holder of the license may purchase an additional
license for taking deer and may take an additional deer under that license.
    (b) A person who obtains a license under paragraph (a) must allow public deer hunting on
their land during that deer hunting season, with the exception of the first Saturday and Sunday
during the deer hunting season applicable to the license issued under section 97A.475, subdivision
2
, clauses (4) and (13).
    Subd. 8. Duplicate licenses. There is no fee for a duplicate license if the original license
was issued without a fee.
    Subd. 9. Angling assistance to disabled residents. An individual who is providing angling
assistance to a disabled resident licensed under subdivision 1, 4, or 5, is not required to possess
a license to take fish by angling provided that no lines in addition to those permitted for an
individual under section 97C.315 are in the water.
    Subd. 10. Taking wild animals for wildlife disease prevention and control. The
commissioner may issue, without a fee, licenses to take wild animals for the purposes of wildlife
disease prevention and control.
History: 1986 c 386 art 1 s 61; 1987 c 384 art 1 s 7; 1993 c 172 s 55; 1993 c 231 s 26; 1994
c 623 art 1 s 23; 1994 c 632 art 2 s 24; 1997 c 95 s 1; 2000 c 473 s 3; 2001 c 185 s 28; 2003 c
128 art 1 s 56,57; 2005 c 56 s 1; 2005 c 146 s 14; 2007 c 131 art 1 s 26