Chart: Guidelines for night-hunting in Minnesota and Wisconsin

  • Updated: November 27, 2012 - 8:01 PM

MINNESOTA REGULATIONS

• 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.

WISCONSIN REGULATIONS

• 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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