Monday, February 28

STOP! You Can't Hunt That Mouse!

I don't know of any other word except one to describe this law: CRAZY!

My brother was worried that I couldn't pop the .22 at the sparrows outside the front door without a small games license, so he inquired at the DNR website what the status of the law was (here). According to the law, it appeared that you could not hunt "any animal" without a license.

In response to the question: [Is it] legal to hunt rats, mice, sparrows, and starlings without a small games license? Jon M. King a recreational safety warden responded: "Yes you do need a license to hunt Sparrows, Starlings, mice and rats according to the regulations. As a land owner or occupant you are limited to hunting beavers, fox, coyotes, raccoons, woodchucks, rabbits, and squirrels year round."

Now you might wonder about what the definition of the word "hunt" means, but potentially this means that you can't dispose of that pesky little mouse that keeps bothering you in your apartment on main street. That is, unless you have a small games license.

And those sparrows in the trees? Nope. Not legal they say to take a crack at them out here in the country without that license and the hunter's safety course that is required for the license.

The talk at the table this evening was over mouse traps and poison. Do they qualify as "hunting" as well?

I try to be above the law in all areas, but this law could really stretch a person's patience.