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.
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
Fall General Season: October 2 - October 31
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
See the map below for a breakdown of Minnesota's hunting zones:
Bag limits vary from 1-3 depending on where you are hunting.
Purchase a hunting license at : http://licenses.dnr.state.mn.us/
Bonus firearms permits may be required, and used for tag deer in special hunts where antlerless may be taken.
Official State Site: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us
Minnesota's deer season starts September 18th for Archery.
Duck hunting season opens September 25th in the north zone.
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.