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Minnesota Hunting Seasons

We set out to create the most simplified guide to Minnesota hunting seasons for 2021-2022.

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

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Arizona regulates its hunting seasons by region, and many of its hunts are by lottery permit only. For these reasons, it is important to visit the Arizona Game and Fish Department website for additional details before heading out to hunt. Season dates vary by zone, specifically for Rocky Mountain and Desert bighorn sheep.

Minnesota Deer Seasons

Archery: September 18, 2021 - December 31, 2021

Firearms: November 6, 2021 - November 28, 2021

Muzzleloader: November 27, 2021 - December 12, 2021

Metro Deer Management Zone: November 6, 2021 - November 28, 2021

Youth Hunt: October 21, 2021 - October 24, 2021

Early Antlerless: October 21, 2021 - October 24, 2021

Minnesota Wild Turkey Seasons

Fall General Season: October 2, 2021 - October 31, 2021

Minnesota Small Game Seasons

Rabbit (cottontail, snowshoe, and jackrabbit): September 18, 2021 - February 28, 2021

Prairie Chicken: September 25, 2021 - October 3, 2021

Raccoon, badger, opossum, red fox, gray fox: North zone is October 14, 2021 - March 15, 2022 and South zone is October 21, 2021 - March 15, 2022

Squirrel (gray and fox: September 18, 2021 - February 28, 2022

Weasel: Open season

Minnesota Hunting Zones

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

Minnesota Bag Limits

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

Minnesota Hunting License

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.

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

Minnesota Hunting Regulations

Helpful Resources

Official State Site: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us

FAQs
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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