Laws related to the shining of deer have been changed to help stop abuses, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Deer shining is “freezing” deer in bright lights to temporarily immobilize them.
Recreational shining is legal at times for viewing wildlife. However, previous statutes made it too easy for people to poach wildlife while posing as recreational shiners.
The old law allowed an unloaded and cased firearm or cased bow to be carried in the rear portion of a vehicle while shining. The new law prohibits shining with an artificial light while in possession of a firearm, bow or any other implement that could be used to take wild animals.