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Minnesota Hunting Seasons 2023

We set out to create the most simplified guide to Minnesota hunting seasons for 2023.

Want to find out season dates, learn about regulations and bag limits, understand license requirements, and get access helpful links?

Then you’ll love the info outlined in today’s guide. Let’s dive right in.

Minnesota Hunting Seasons

Minnesota Hunting Season Dates

Minnesota Deer Season 2023

Archery: September 18 - December 31

Firearms: November 6 - November 28

Muzzleloader: November 27 - December 12

Metro Deer Management Zone: November 6 - November 28

Youth Hunt: October 21 - October 24

Early Antlerless: October 21 - October 24

Minnesota Wild Turkey Season 2023

Fall General Season: October 2 - October 31

Minnesota Small Game Seasons 2023

Rabbit (cottontail, snowshoe, and jackrabbit): September 18 - February 28

Prairie Chicken: September 25 - October 3

Raccoon, badger, opossum, red fox, gray fox: North zone is October 14 - March 15 and South zone is October 21 - March 15

Squirrel (gray and fox: September 18 - February 28

Weasel: Open season

Minnesota Hunting Zones 2023

See the map below for a breakdown of Minnesota's hunting zones:

Minnesota Bag Limits 2023

Bag limits vary from 1-3 depending on where you are hunting.

Minnesota Hunting License 2023

Purchase a hunting license at :
Bonus firearms permits may be required, and used for tag deer in special hunts where antlerless may be taken.

Deer Archery$185$34
Deer Firearm$185$34
Deer Muzzleloader$185$34
Bear $230$44

Minnesota Hunting Regulations 2023

Helpful Resources

Official State Site:

When does deer hunting start in Minnesota?

Minnesota's deer season starts September 18th for Archery.

When is duck hunting season in Minnesota?

Duck hunting season opens September 25th in the north zone.

Can I hunt with a crossbow in Minnesota?

You can hunt with a crossbow if you're over 60 during the archery season. Otherwise you have to use a crossbow during the firearm season.

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