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Subdivision 1.Ownership.

The state is the owner of wild rice and other aquatic vegetation growing in public waters. A person may not acquire a property interest in wild rice or other aquatic vegetation or destroy wild rice or aquatic vegetation, except as authorized under this chapter or section 103G.615.

Subd. 2.License required; exemptions.

(a) Except as provided in this subdivision, a person may not harvest, buy, sell, transport, or possess aquatic plants without a license required under this chapter. A license shall be issued in the same manner as provided under the game and fish laws.

(b) A resident under the age of 18 years may harvest wild rice without a license, if accompanied by a person with a wild rice license.

(c) Tribal band members who possess a valid tribal identification card from a federally recognized tribe located in Minnesota are deemed to have a license to harvest wild rice under this section.

Subd. 3.License fees.

(a) The fees for the following licenses, to be issued to residents only, are:

(1) for harvesting wild rice:

(i) for a season, $25; and

(ii) for one day, $15;

(2) for buying and selling wild ginseng, $5;

(3) for a wild rice dealer's license to buy and sell 50,000 pounds or less, $70; and

(4) for a wild rice dealer's license to buy and sell more than 50,000 pounds, $250.

(b) The fee for a nonresident one-day license to harvest wild rice is $30.

(c) The weight of the wild rice shall be determined in its raw state.

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