by: Elizabeth Baier, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — Two new laws in Minnesota will affect hunters and anglers around the state starting on Wednesday.
Fishing in many Minnesota state parks will be allowed without a license, except in water where a trout stamp is required, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Night bowfishing also will be allowed statewide from May 1 to the last Sunday in February, with limitations on noise and distance from structures. And people who are 90 years old or older may take fish without a license.
By eliminating the fishing license requirement, the DNR hopes that those who have never fished before will try it during their state park visit.
The new hunting rules include:
- Changing the electric motor restriction while in waterfowl feeding and resting areas from one with 30 pounds of thrust or less to one that is 12 volts or less;
- Allowing a person with a valid bear license, prior to the Saturday on or nearest to Sept. 16, to leave a portable stand in a wildlife management area within 100 yards of a legally tagged and registered bear bait site;
- Allowing free deer licenses to be issued to residents with qualifying military service. The licenses allow the taking of deer of either sex;
- Removing the restriction on possessing crossbows outdoors, and removing casing requirements in a motor vehicle during open seasons for game;
- Establishing new gun casing exceptions that apply when hunting and transporting a firearm; removing casing requirements for bows provided they are not armed.
- Allowing the commissioner to issue permits to disabled persons to hunt from a vehicle that is valid for the life of the person, if the disability is irreversible;
- Extending the hours for placing decoys when hunting waterfowl to two hours before lawful shooting. Hunters may not leave decoys unattended during shooting hours for more than three hours.
For a complete listing of the changes, visit the Minnesota DNR.
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