Matthew S. Miller
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.
Q: I am bowhunting for bears over an established bear bait station, and I have both a bear license and an archery deer license. If a deer steps out, can I shoot it?
Q: I'm a Wisconsin resident with only a Wisconsin fishing license. Can I launch my boat from one of the Minnesota public boat launches (Boy Scout, Clyde Avenue) on the St. Louis River and still fish under my Wisconsin license, or would I need a Minnesota license?
Q: I live in Minnesota and I like to go riding out on the trails with my ATV four-wheeler. Would it be legal if I straight piped my ATV even though I will not be on the roads but on the trails in the woods?
Q: If I am fishing in Wisconsin waters on Lake Superior under a Wisconsin license, and catch a nice steelhead, can I keep it (as their laws allow) and bring it back to my vehicle parked in Minnesota?
Q: I just purchased a side-by-side Class 2 ATV with a roll cage and full cab enclosure. I see that it has seat belts as well. Do my kids still need to wear helmets when riding in the side-by-side?
Q: I've been told I have to drain all the water from my boat before transporting it from a lake.
Q: Am I allowed to drink a beer when out in a motorboat, or is that an "open-container" violation?