Chart: Guidelines for night-hunting in Minnesota and Wisconsin
- November 27, 2012 - 8:01 PM
Hunters can pursue raccoons at night on foot, and they can use lights to locate or shoot a raccoon only if it has been treed or put at bay by dogs. Shotguns, .17 or .22 caliber rimfire rifles or handguns can be used.
Hunters can use a hand-held light to hunt coyotes or fox from Jan. 1 to March 15 only while on foot, only while using a shotgun and calling device and not within 200 feet of a vehicle.
Unlike Wisconsin, Minnesota doesn't allow wolves to be hunted at night.
Using a light to take most wildlife is illegal, but a flashlight can be used while shooting coyote, raccoon, fox or unprotected species "at the point of kill" while hunting on foot.
Wisconsin allowed night hunting of wolves starting Monday, after the firearms deer season ended. Night wolf hunters must be using a predator call or hunting over legal bait and be in a stationary position.
A flashlight can be used "while shooting a wolf at the point of kill," the law states. That is defined as the point in time when an animal's location is known by the hunter and a flashlight is allowed to identify and kill the animal. It does not include shining a light on fields or forests to search for an animal.
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