(a) Except as provided in this section and section 97A.451, subdivisions 3 and 3b, a person born after December 31, 1979, may not obtain an annual license to take wild animals by firearms unless the person has:
(1) a firearms safety certificate or equivalent certificate;
(2) a driver's license or identification card with a valid firearms safety qualification indicator issued under section 171.07, subdivision 13;
(3) a previous hunting license with a valid firearms safety qualification indicator;
(4) an apprentice hunter validation issued under section 97B.022; or
(5) other evidence indicating that the person has completed in this state or in another state a hunter safety course recognized by the department under a reciprocity agreement or certified by the department as substantially similar.
(b) A person who is on active duty and has successfully completed basic training in the United States armed forces, reserve component, or National Guard may obtain a hunting license or approval authorizing hunting regardless of whether the person is issued a firearms safety certificate.
(c) A person born after December 31, 1979, may not use a lifetime license to take wild animals by firearms, unless the person meets the requirements for obtaining an annual license under paragraph (a) or (b).
NOTE: The amendment to this section by Laws 2012, chapter 277, article 2, section 29, is effective March 1, 2013. Laws 2012, chapter 277, article 2, section 38.
Official Publication of the State of Minnesota
Revisor of Statutes