I've already posted this in the Coyote section, but here is my response from "Holly" at the DNR...............
It is actually illegal to not only to use, but also to possess with the intent to use, an IR light to locate wild animals with night vision equipment.
So to say it is legal if the IR is turned off, is not completely accurate. Although more difficult to prove, If the state can show that the person was intending to use the IR light, it would also be illegal to have while hunting with a firearm or bow.
Basically, this means that simply possessing an IR light would make you susceptible to receiving a citation due to the following state statutes:
(4) Shining wild animals while hunting or possessing weapons prohibited.
(a) Prohibition. No person may use or possess with intent to use a light for shining wild animals while the person is hunting or in possession of a firearm, bow and arrow or crossbow.
The second part of your question would also be no, it is not legal to use a light to identify an animal, because this basically amounts to shining. If you only turn your light on when you’re fairly certain you have your animal nearby and in sight, then that would qualify for point of kill.
I hope this helps,
Sort of helped. My interpretation is no IR, even possession, and visible light is debatable. If it is not legal to use a light to identify and animal, then why would I need it at point of kill? I think possession would probably work with a conventional hand held white light.
I should try some day calling and see what happens......................