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97B.811 DECOYS AND BLINDS ON PUBLIC LANDS AND WATERS.
    Subdivision 1. Blinds and decoys prohibited before season. A person may not erect a blind
or place decoys in public waters or on public land more than one hour before the open season
for waterfowl.
    Subd. 2. Hours for placing decoys. Except as provided in subdivisions 3 and 4, a person
may not place decoys in public waters or on public lands more than one hour before lawful
shooting hours for waterfowl.
    Subd. 3. Restrictions on leaving decoys unattended. During the open season for waterfowl,
a person may not leave decoys in public waters between sunset and one hour before lawful
shooting hours or leave decoys unattended during other times for more than four consecutive
hours unless:
(1) the decoys are in waters adjacent to private land under the control of the hunter; and
(2) there is not natural vegetation growing in water sufficient to partially conceal a hunter.
    Subd. 4. Decoys that are navigational hazard prohibited. A person may not leave
decoys in public waters between sunset and one hour before lawful shooting hours if the decoys
constitute a navigational hazard.
    Subd. 4a. Restrictions on certain motorized decoys. From the opening day of the duck
season through the Saturday nearest October 8, a person may not use a motorized decoy, or other
motorized device designed to attract migratory waterfowl. During the remainder of the duck
season, the commissioner may, by rule, designate all or any portion of a wetland or lake closed to
the use of motorized decoys or motorized devices designed to attract migratory waterfowl. On
water bodies and lands fully contained within wildlife management area boundaries, a person
may not use motorized decoys or motorized devices designed to attract migratory waterfowl at
any time during the duck season.
    Subd. 5. Rules governing blinds. The commissioner may adopt rules for the use of blinds
on public lands and public waters.
History: 1986 c 386 art 2 s 66; 1988 c 587 s 2; 1988 c 677 s 2; 1993 c 231 s 44; 2002 c
351 s 20; 2005 c 146 s 41,42