Matthew S. Miller
Q: I have a rural 10 acre parcel of land that measures 660' x 660' with a dwelling in the middle. I want to hunt deer on my property, but there is no way to be 500 feet from the dwelling. Is it possible to hunt on my land?
Q: My son turns 18 in the middle of the firearms deer season. Since he will have a youth license from the beginning of the season, does he need to purchase a regular firearms license to continue hunting after his birthday?
Q: I have a plot of land that I have clearly marked with no trespassing signs. My neighbors around me have taken it upon themselves to hunt without permission on my land. They have even placed 2 metal ladder stands and made 2 wood deer stands on my property. What can I do about this?
Q: What are the laws regarding taking small game on a roadway or public road right-of-way? Can I legally shoot a grouse on a road? A: Some of Minnesota's laws regarding taking on roadways have changed over the past decade. Keep in mind that ethics may vary between hunters, but the laws are based on premises of fair chase, landowner rights, and safety. Here is a brief synopsis of some related laws:
Q: I'm pretty new to duck hunting, and I went to a gas station/ELS vendor to by my licenses. I told the clerk to sell me everything I needed for duck hunting. How do I know if I have the right license and privileges? Can online discussion groups help?
Q: Can I use a drone in my hunting and fishing pursuits?
Q: Do I need to carry the same boating safety equipment with me during waterfowl season that I do the rest of the year? A: There are some differences in legal requirements of watercraft used during waterfowl season as opposed to the rest of the year when boating or fishing. Minnesota statute defines a watercraft used for duck hunting during duck season separately from other boats. The primary difference is that a waterfowl boat during waterfowl season is not required to be registered with the state or to display any kind of registration numbers.
Q: I'm a recent transplant to the state. Do I have to be a permanent resident in Minnesota for a specific amount of time before I can purchase resident game and/or fish licenses?
Q: What can I do if a big animal like a bear, coyote or wolf is charging me while ruffed grouse hunting? Am I able to defend myself? What if my dog is attacked?
Q: I am the father of an 11-year-old who likes to hunt. Is it legal for him to shoot small game if I am with him and I have a license? A: Yes, at age 11, he can hunt small game if accompanied by a parent or guardian. He does not need a Firearms Safety Certificate or a small game license. You as a parent or guardian need a small game license if you are assisting him. Here is a breakdown of small game license requirements for youth ages 17 and under: For small game, a Firearms Safety Certificate (FAS) is not required for youth age 12 or younger.