This single-page "California" version of the proposed Minnesota Hunting-Contest Bill is being proposed as an alternative to the initial, three-page proposal for new Minnesota Hunting-Contest Regulations based on the existing Minnesota Fishing-Contest Regulations.
California is the first State in the U.S. to significantly regulate wildlife-killing contests (WKC). In California, in the 1980s, a $499 limit was put on prizes for contests targeting "game" animals; and in 2014, prizes in contests targeting "furbearers" or "nongame animals" were prohibited.
It should be noted that at least one California contest seems to have continued even after the California ban on hunting-contest prizes. Maybe that was just temporary the first year, out of stubbornness. But maybe some contests would go on, even without hunting-contest prizes? In 2015, the contest referred to above continued with a random drawing for door prizes, which was apparently still considered separate from the hunting contest, and which was apparently still allowed. That's a loophole that should be considered, and probably closed.
Minnesota could adopt regulations like this. They wouldn't be exactly the same, because wildlife are categorized slightly differently in Minnesota; but the regulations regarding "game" and "nongame" animals could be adopted directly from the California model. For example, Minnesota could put a $499 limit on prizes for a "big buck" contest, but prohibit prizes in all coyote-hunting contests. Or put a different variation on it.
What do you think Petition signers, MN voters, MN DNR, MN Governor's Office, and MN Legislature?
Here's a summary of the California regulations: