Minnesota Hunting Seasons, 2019-2020




Minnesota hunting seasons offer the chance to bag deer, wolf, bobcat and a variety of small game.

While Minnesota has permitted moose hunting in the past, a significant drop in population for unknown reasons has encouraged the Department of Natural resources to suspend moose seasons.

Resident and non-resident hunting licenses are available for all game, and vary in price due to season, animal and special standings. Licenses can be purchased from a Department of Natural Resources agent, the department’s office in St. Paul, over the phone or online. License lotteries are also available for deer, bear, turkey and wolf harvests.

Registering taken game during Minnesota’s hunting seasons can easily be completed online.

Minnesota Deer Seasons

Archery Sept. 14-Dec. 31
Firearms Nov. 9-24**
Muzzleloader Nov. 30-Dec. 15
Youth Hunt Oct. 17-20

**Season dates vary by zone

Minnesota Bear Seasons

General Season Sept. 1-Oct. 13

Minnesota Wild Turkey Seasons

Fall General Season Sept. 28-Oct. 27

Minnesota Bobcat Seasons

General Season (Hunting and Trapping) Nov. 30-Jan. 5

Minnesota Small Game Seasons

Rabbits Sept. 14-Feb. 29
Squirrel Sept. 14-Feb. 29

Bag limits, special seasons and hunting regulations for Minnesota hunting seasons do vary based on animal and region. For more information on obtaining licenses, permits and regulations, visit the Indiana Department of Natural Resources website.