Minnesota Hunting Seasons, 2017-2018


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.

Deer Seasons

Archery Sept. 16-Dec. 31
Firearms Oct. 19-Nov. 26*
Muzzleloader  Nov. 25-Dec. 10
Youth Hunt Oct. 19-22

*Dates vary by region and permits.

Bear Seasons

General Season Sep. 1-Oct. 15

Wild Turkey Seasons

Fall Sept. 30-Oct. 29

Bobcat Seasons

Hunting and Trapping Nov. 25-Jan. 7

Small Game Seasons

Mourning Dove Sep. 1-Nov. 9
Snipe and Rail Sep. 1-Nov. 6
Rabbit Sep. 16-Feb. 28
Squirrel Sep. 16-Feb. 28
Sharp-tailed Grouse Sep. 16-Nov. 30
Ruffed/Spruce Grouse Sep. 16-Jan.1
Woodcock Sep. 23-Nov. 6
Crow Sep. 1-Oct. 31
Dec. 14-31
Pheasant Oct. 14-Jan. 1
Canada Goose Sep. 2-18
Prairie Chicken Sep. 30-Oct. 8

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.