Hunting regulations currently allow for night hunting of coyotes and foxes with either 1) a rifle and daylight (ideally in the moonlight on a blanket of snow, but this is not mandatory) or 2) a shotgun and "portable" artificial lighting (apparently to prohibit "shining" with headlights or rack-mounted headlights of trucks or SUVs). What are the legal hunting seasons in Minnesota? 1/2 hour before sunrise at sunset, except from January 1 to March 15 with certain restrictions as shown below. But hunters who want to exempt coyote hunters would make night hunting safer. Modern night vision technology can allow hunters to recognize the entire animal as well as its environment. Lighthouses, often used in night hunts, are limited and illuminate an animal`s eyes, but often not much else, hunters told lawmakers at a recent hearing on the idea. For some reason – confusion, drama, crazy politics or something like that – the Game & Fish Bill HF 2844/SF 2758 of 2016 was not passed. Thus, the use of night vision devices and thermal imaging devices in Minnesota remains in the field of military weapons. (a) a person shall not possess night vision or thermal imaging equipment when extracting wild animals or if, individually or as a group of persons, the person possesses a firearm, bow or other device that could be used to remove wild animals; Are oppressors allowed to hunt in Minnesota? Bill HF 1434 – Division 1. Minnesota Statutes 2014, Section 97B.031, Subdivision 4, is amended as follows: Subd. 4. Oppressors.

Nothing in this article prohibits the lawful use of an oppressor or the possession of a firearm equipped to tie up an oppressor within the meaning of paragraph 1a (c) of section 609.66 during hunting. Background: Section 97B.086 of the MN Acts prohibits a person or group from possessing night vision or thermal imaging equipment when transporting wild animals or in possession of an unpackaged and loaded hunting weapon. It makes an exception for law enforcement and military personnel. Thermal imaging devices were added in the Game & Fish Bill of 2014. I found that you can mount a red dot or holo-sigh in front of the night vision device to help aim, it`s a pretty smooth setup, but of course it depends on your weapon, I have an AR-15 and my mounting rail is quite long, you can get a detachable setup, going through night/day goggles will be very easy. I wouldn`t waste your time or money on Generation 1 scopes, in my opinion, they are terrible. You will only be frustrated. If you really want to get it right, go for something better. I don`t know if Generation 3 domains are legal for Yotes? Does anyone else have any ideas? I asked my local conservation officer that a shotgun is only needed if you use artificial light for coyotes. If you hunt in the moonlight, it is legal to use a rifle at night. Basically, the lights = just a shotgun. What did your friend buy for Nightvision? I started with a Gen 1 monocular and I`m not so unhappy, you can see a long way. It is also illegal to harass hunters, trappers or fishermen with a drone. No person may operate an aircraft over an MA in a manner that hunts, gathers, frightens or otherwise disturbs wildlife, except in an emergency or with the permission of the wildlife manager. Drones cannot fly over wildlife sanctuaries. So what have we discovered about night vision devices? They are expensive, I know.. Persons under the age of 18 who meet the firearms safety requirements (see page 34) may carry handguns for hunting under the supervision of a parent or guardian. The current law offers little protection to coyotes. They can be hunted or fished year-round without a permit. There is no limit to how many someone can kill. Unlike the vast majority of animals often sought after by hunters, coyotes can be slaughtered at night.

Would it not be considered that a night vision device with an infrared emitter would emit a beam of light? It is not light in the visible spectrum, but light anyway. wow, I remember something from physics???? I wish I had a DPMS Panther with a 4-power night vision device. That would be a misconfiguration! In other words, Minnesota`s rules for nightly fox or coyote hunting in artificial light have remained unchanged. Predator hunters tried to expand the night shooting. In recent years, they have requested thermal imaging and night vision telescopes for rifles. Although they had the support of some legislators and committee chairs who did not want to follow MNR`s advice on public safety and law enforcement; Behind the scenes, reason seems to have triumphed, and they have been bound by the regulations. Smith also noted that the plan calls for night areas to be used to kill all predators, a broad category of animals that could include protected species such as the Canadian wolf and lynx. Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa, who is leading the bill in the House of Representatives, said he would be open to changing that because the main goal is to allow night zones for coyote hunters, not necessarily other species. The credit for this change probably goes to MNR`s Enforcement Division. When I bought the Mn. Dnr asked if night vision devices were legal, they said yes, and didn`t say there was a preference for Gen1-2-3.

Farmer and coyote hunter Charles DeWitz, who testified in support of the second bill (HF 2819), described how he had used a thermal viewfinder for coyote hunting for ten years, until the 2014 ban. He has a cow-calf operation and he has had some problems with coyotes. He didn`t say it, but apparently that`s another reason he`s chasing her. He doesn`t want to set traps around the yard and he doesn`t want to disturb the neighbors by hunting with a light at night. He said that the target image you see through a thermal image viewfinder is better and safer than the eyes you see in a light or the dark shape you see in the moonlight. Orrick, Dave. 2016. "Would night vision make coyote hunting safer? There are divisions. Twin Cities, March 29. I have a friend who wants to put a night vision device on his 22-250 for coyote hunting. I wonder what would be a good circumference to buy and will they go up to more than 150 yards? On 27.03.2018, Mn House`s Committee on Environmental policy and finance and natural resources met on 27.03.2018 to hear HF 2858, a bill that would allow coyotes and foxes to be hunted at night with artificial guns and lights.

(e) This section does not apply to night vision or thermal imaging devices owned by: To understand what the proposed bills would change, here is a brief summary of Minnesota`s current laws that regulate night hunting (see laws for more details): But coyote hunters are not exempt from the ban on shooting animals with night vision devices and other equipment. Such technology has been frowned upon in the past by hunting groups as a violation of the principle of "fair hunting" that guides hunting ethics: it gives the hunter an unfair advantage. Public safety issues: The technologies proposed to identify a target at night do not identify what is beyond the target. Of course, a basic rule of gun safety is to "know your purpose and what`s behind it." This is especially important for high-powered rifles, which can be lethal at long range. Be careful when your friend mounts this nught field of view to hunt yoyes in the MN, I believe in the regulations that it is illegal to use for hunting. I just thought I was warning you. Is night hunting allowed in Minnesota? A person who works from January 1 to 15. Mars hunting coyotes or foxes, may use artificial hand light if it meets ALL of the following conditions - you are: Please ask your MN representative to follow mn dnr`s advice on gun safety and law enforcement regarding night vision and thermal imaging devices: suggestions for allowing hunting with military-style night vision optics: Night vision devices are intended for legal Mn colleagues. You cannot use a device that launches a beam of light (flashlight). This is obvious for the DNR. Lt. Col.

Rodmen Smith, who heads law enforcement for the DNR, told the House Mining and Outdoor Recreation Policy Committee the opposite: allowing night vision could lead to safety risks, he said.