Minnesota Hunting Season 2023-2024 [Hunt Guide]

Hunting is a beloved tradition in the state of Minnesota, and for good reason. There are plenty of chances for hunters to put their skills and patience to the test since there is an abundance of wildlife, including deer, beavers, bobcats, coyotes, and small game.

Understanding Minnesota’s hunting laws and regulations is essential to a successful and safe hunting trip, regardless of your level of expertise. We’ll cover all you need to know about Minnesota’s hunting seasons for 2023 and 2024 in this guide, including season dates, bag restrictions, licensing requirements, and more. This guide aims to provide you all the information you need to organize your next hunting trip.

Minnesota Hunting Seasons
Minnesota Hunting Seasons

Minnesota Hunting Season 2023

Minnesota has possibilities for hunting various species, including deer, beavers, bobcats, coyotes, and small game. However, owing to the diminishing population, shooting moose is prohibited. Both citizens and non-residents may purchase hunting permits from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), with pricing depending on the season and the species being hunted. There are many ways to obtain a license, including via DNR employees, the department’s St. Paul offices, phone, and online.

For the opportunity to hunt animals, including deer, bear, turkey, and wolves, hunters may also take part in lotteries. Hunters may readily register their catch online after a successful hunt.

MN Big Game Season

Deer Season

Deer SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End Date
Archery17-Sep31-Dec
Firearm (A) - 100 Series5-Nov20-Nov
Firearm (A) - 200 Series5-Nov13-Nov
Firearm (A) - 300 Series5-Nov13-Nov
Firearm (B) - 300 Series19-Nov27-Nov
Muzzleloader26-Nov11-Dec
Metro deer management zone (701)5-Nov27-Nov
Youth - Statewide20-Oct23-Oct
Early antlerless20-Oct23-Oct
Special huntsDates vary for special huntsDates vary for special hunts
CWD hunt16-Dec18-Dec

ELK Seasons

Elk SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End DateZone
Anterless
E27-Aug4-Sep20
F10-Sep18-Sep20
G24-Sep2-Oct20
H8-Oct16-Oct20
Either-sex
A27-Aug4-Sep20
B10-Sep18-Sep20
C24-Sep2-Oct20
D8-Oct16-Oct20
Bull-only10-Sep18-Sep30

Minnesota elk zones
Minnesota elk zones/Map Credit:www.dnr.state.mn.us
Elk Terms

The Minnesota elk hunting season provides hunters with a distinctive and uncommon chance. It is an experience that will only come around once in a lifetime. Hunters must pick a season, zone, and kind of license and obtain a license code 625 to participate in this hunt.

  • The chosen hunters are picked using a lottery method, with a greater probability of selection for those who choose a license without antlers.
  • Residents of Minnesota are eligible to apply either alone or with a partner. However, if two people apply together, they will each get one elk tag instead of two.
  • Friday briefings are required to educate hunters on how to hunt before each season.
  • For selected hunters, the license price is $288, and there is a $5 non-refundable application charge.
  • Landowners may also get one of the few available licenses. The landowner elk hunting website details the qualifications and how to apply.

Coyote Season

Minnesota Coyote SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End DateNote
CoyoteSunday, January 01, 2023Sunday, December 31, 2023Open all year. No limit.

Bear Season

Minnesota Bear SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End DateNote
Bear (General)1-Sep15-Oct1 adult bear / licensed hunter

MN Small Game Season

Bobcat Season

SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End DateZone
Bobcat16-Dec-2321-Jan-24North of I-94 and U.S. Highway 10

Badger Season

SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End DateZone
Badger14-Oct-2315-Mar-24North furbearer zone
Badger21-Oct-2315-Mar-24South furbearer zone

Fox Season

SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End DateZone
Fox, Gray & Red14-Oct-2315-Mar-24North furbearer zone
Fox, Gray & Red23-Dec-2315-Mar-24South furbearer zone

Opossum Season

SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End DateZone
Opossum14-Oct-2315-Mar-24North furbearer zone
Opossum21-Oct-2315-Mar-24South furbearer zone

Rabbit Season

Minnesota Rabbit SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End DateZones
Rabbit, Cottontail & Snowshoe Hare16-Sep-2328-Feb-24Statewide
Rabbit, Jack16-Sep-2328-Feb-24Statewide

Raccoon Season

SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End DateZone
Raccoon21-Oct-2315-Mar-24South furbearer zone
Raccoon14-Oct-2315-Mar-24North furbearer zone

Squirrel Season

SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End DateZone
Squirrel, Gray & Fox16-Sep-2329-Feb-24Statewide

MN Waterfowl Season

Youth Waterfowl Hunt

SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End Date
Youth Waterfowl Hunt (Statewide)10-Sep11-Sep

Goose Season

MN Goose SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End DateBag Limits
North Zone Goose
Canada, White-fronted, Brant24-Sep23-Dec5 combined
Snow, Blue snow, Ross's24-Sep23-Dec20
Central Zone Goose
Canada, White-fronted, Brant24-Sep2-Oct5 combined
Snow, Blue snow, Ross's8-Oct28-Dec5 combined
Snow, Blue snow, Ross's24-Sep2-Oct20
Snow, Blue snow, Ross's8-Oct28-Dec20
South Zone Goose
Canada, White-fronted, Brant24-Sep2-Oct5 combined
Canada, White-fronted, Brant8-Oct28-Dec5 combined
Snow, Blue snow, Ross's24-Sep2-Oct20
Snow, Blue snow, Ross's8-Oct28-Dec20
Early Goose season
Canada, White-fronted, Brant3-Sep18-Sep5 combined
Snow, Blue snow, Ross's3-Sep18-Sep20

Duck Season

SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End Date
Ducks, coots, mergansers (North)24-Sep22-Nov
Ducks, coots, mergansers (Central)24-Sep2-Oct
Ducks, coots, mergansers (Central)8-Oct27-Nov
Ducks, coots, mergansers (South)24-Sep2-Oct
Ducks, coots, mergansers (South)8-Oct27-Nov

Teal Season

Minnesota Teal SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End Date
Early Teal Season3-Sep7-Sep

Crane Season

Minnesota Sandhill Crane SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End DateZones
Sandhill Crane16-Sep-2321-Oct-23Northwest goose zone

Upland birds

Crow Season

SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End DateZone
Crow1-Sep-2331-Oct-23Statewide
Crow15-Dec-2315-Jan-24Statewide

Dove Season

Minnesota Dove SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End DateBag Limit
Mourning Dove1-Sep29-NovDaily Limit of 15 & Possession limit of 45

Pheasant Season

Minnesota Pheasant SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End Date
Statewide15-Oct-2330-Nov-23
Vermillion Highlands12-Dec-231-Jan-24

Pheasant Bag limit: From October 15 to November 30, only two roosters may be harvested every day, but you can keep six in your possession. From December 1 to January 1, the daily and possession limits increase to three and nine roosters, respectively. It’s crucial to remember that these limits may vary by location and activity legislation.

Grouse Season

Minnesota Grouse SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End DateBag Limit
Ruffed and spruce grouse17-Sep1-Jan5 combined Limit
Sharp-tailed grouse (northwest zone)17-Sep30-Nov3
Sharp-tailed grouse (east-central zone)Closed NA

Hungarian partridge

SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End DateBag Limit
Hungarian partridge17-Sep1-Jan5

Prairie chicken Season

SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End Date
Prairie Chicken24-Sep2-Oct

Rail, Sora & Virginia Season

SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End DateZone
Rail, Sora & Virginia1-Sep-236-Nov-23Statewide

Snipe Season

SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End DateZone
Snipe, Common1-Sep-236-Nov-23Statewide

Woodcock Season

SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End DateBag Limit
Woodcock24-Sep7-Nov3

Turkey Season

Minnesota Turkey SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End Date
Turkey (Spring-A)12-Apr18-Apr
Turkey (Spring-Archery)12-Apr31-May
Turkey (Spring-B)19-Apr25-Apr
Turkey (Spring-C)26-Apr2-May
Turkey (Spring-D)3-May9-May
Turkey (Spring-E)10-May16-May
Turkey (Spring-F)17-May31-May
Turkey (Fall)1-Oct30-Oct

Muskrat seasons

Muskrat Trapping SeasonsHunting Start DateHunting End Date
North furbearer zone28-Oct28-Feb
South furbearer zone28-Oct28-Feb

Otter seasons

Otter Trapping SeasonsHunting Start DateHunting End Date
North furbearer zone28-Oct-2321-Jan-24
South furbearer zone28-Oct-2321-Jan-24

Pine marten seasons

Pine marten Trapping seasonsHunting Start DateHunting End Date
North of I-94 & U.S. Highway 10
16-Dec-23
pc:
24-Dec-23

Trapping Season

Minnesota Trapping Game SeasonsHunting Start DateHunting End Date
Badger14-Oct-2315-Mar-24
Badger21-Oct-2315-Mar-24
Beaver Seasons28-Oct-2315-May-24
Beaver Seasons28-Oct-2315-May-24
Bobcat16-Dec-2321-Jan-24
Fisher16-Dec-2324-Dec-23
Fox, Gray & Red14-Oct-2315-Mar-24
Fox, Gray & Red23-Dec-2315-Mar-24
Mink28-Oct-2328-Feb-24
Mink28-Oct-2328-Feb-24
Muskrat28-Oct-2328-Feb-23
Muskrat28-Oct-2328-Feb-23
Opossum14-Oct-2315-Mar-24
Opossum21-Oct-2315-Mar-24
Otter28-Oct-2321-Jan-24
Otter28-Oct-2321-Jan-24
Pine Marten16-Dec-2324-Dec-23
Rabbit, Cottontail & Snowshoe Hare16-Sep-2328-Feb-24
Rabbit, Jack16-Sep-2328-Feb-24
Raccoon14-Oct-2315-Mar-24
Raccoon21-Oct-2315-Mar-24
Squirrel, Gray & Fox16-Sep-2329-Feb-24

Minnesota Licenses, Permits & Hunting Regulations

A hunting license or permit, as well as information on hunting rules, may be obtained online through the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The website is available to everyone in and outside of Minnesota. Please use the following learn more button to access the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website.

Resident Licenses

Resident LicensesFeeCode
Apprentice Hunter Validation$3.50 199
Bear - youth no quota 13 to 17 (r)$5.00 642
Bear - license (r)$44.00 660
Bear - lottery application (r)$4.00 662
Bear - Lottery License 13 to 17 (r)$5.00 643
Bear - military/on leave (r)None663
Bear - no quota (r)$44.00 224
Bear - surplus (r)$44.00 664
Bear - youth lottery 10 to 12 (r)None659
Bear - youth no quota 10 to 12 (r)None676
Bear - youth surplus 10 to 12(r)None674
Bear - youth surplus 13 to 17 (r)$5.00 644
Deer - military archery/on leave(r)None233
Deer - antlerless lotteryNone665
Deer - antlerless surplus lotteryNone675
Deer - archery (r)$34.00 213
Deer - bonus firearm/archery/muzzleloader (r)$18.00 430
Deer - Camp Ripley hunt A application$14.00 668
Deer - Camp Ripley hunt B application$14.00 669
Deer - Disease Management - Code (R-201 / NR-202)$1.50 -
Deer - Early Antlerless (r)$8.50 422
Deer - firearm (r)$34.00 212
Deer - license upgrades season changeVaries-
Deer - military discharged archery (r)None238
Deer - military discharged firearm (r)None239
Deer - military discharged muzzleloader (r)None249
Deer - military firearm/on leave (r)None232
Deer - military muzzleloader/on leave (r)None234
Deer - muzzleloader license (r)$34.00 203
Deer - youth 10 - 12 (archery-246/firearm-247/muzzleloader-248)None-
Deer - youth 13 to 17 (archery-209 / firearm-210 / muzzleloader-204) (r)$5.00 -
Disability permit - crossbow for taking big game or turkey (r)None-
Disability permit - hunt from standing motor vehicle (r)None-
Disability permit - muzzleloader with a non-magnifying scope (r)None-

Nonresident Licenses

Nonresident License TypesFeesCode
Apprentice Hunter Validation$3.50 199
Bear - license (nr)$230.00 661
Bear - lottery application (nr)$4.00 662
Bear - no quota (nr)$230.00 225
Bear - surplus (nr)$230.00 667
Bear - youth lottery 13 to 17 (nr)$5.00 646
Bear - youth noquota 13 to 17 (nr)$5.00 645
Bear - youth surplus 13 to 17 (nr)$5.00 647
Deer - antlerless lotteryNone665
Deer - antlerless surplus lotteryNone675
Deer - archery (nr)$185.00 223
Deer - bonus firearm/ archery/muzzleloader (nr)$91.00 431
Deer - Camp Ripley hunt A application$14.00 668
Deer - Camp Ripley hunt B application$14.00 669
Deer - Disease Management - Code (R-201 / NR-202)$1.50 N/A
Deer - Early Antlerless (nr)$45.00 423
Deer - firearm (nr)$185.00 222
Deer - license upgrades season changeVariesN/A
Deer - muzzleloader license(nr)$185.00 237
Deer - youth 10 - 12 (archery-246/firearm-247/muzzleloaNoneN/A
Deer - youth 13 to 17 (archery-230 / firearm-231 / muzz$5.00 N/A
Duplicate licensesVariesN/A
Federal Duck Stamp$27.50 10
Furbearer/Racoon/Bobcat (nr)$183.00 228
Landowner Deer LicenseNone342
Lifetime NR Angling/Small GameVariesN/A
Lifetime small game renewal (nr)None416
Sandhill Crane Permit$3.00 250
Small game - 72 hour (nr)$75.00 145
Small game - youth 16 - 17 (nr)$5.00 206
Small game 18 and older (nr)$102.00 221
Stamp - migratory waterfowl (validation & pictoral)$8.25 245
Stamp - migratory waterfowl$7.50 226
Stamp - pheasant (validation & pictorial)$8.25 244
Stamp - pheasant validation$7.50 229

FAQs related to Minnesota Hunting Seasons

How many deer can I hunt in Minnesota?

Regular hunters may tag one deer of either gender with their basic license when they use bows, firearms, or muzzleloaders. You are allowed to take up to three deer in regions having a three-deer cap.

Is it legal to bait deer in Minnesota?

The practice of “deer baiting,” which involves placing food close to deer stands or clearings in an effort to draw the animals so that you may kill them, has been prohibited in Minnesota since 1991.

Can I hunt squirrels in Minnesota?

You may hunt rabbits, hares, and squirrels, or you can create traps to capture them.

Can I hunt over a salt lick in Minnesota?

No, it is unlawful to use a salt or mineral product for hunting if it contains anything other than salt or minerals. Numerous products, including more recent liquid, powder, and block forms, include foods or attractants such grains, fruits, and derivatives of sugar (glucose, dextrose, and fructose). You may only use mineral products or simple salt.

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