DNR Hunting Dates and Information
If you’re going for a walk in the woods then it’s a good idea to know if there are hunters out in those woods too. Find out what type of hunting is open when and learn about our Minnesota wolf population.
Minnesota’s wolf population remains stable
Results from the latest wolf population survey show no significant change in Minnesota’s wolf population during the past four winters.
The latest survey results estimate that within Minnesota’s wolf range there were 439 wolf packs and 2,278 wolves last winter, compared to 374 packs and 2,221 wolves the year before. There has been no biologically or statistically significant change in the size of the statewide mid-winter wolf population over the past four years. Find more about the survey, with a copy of the report and more about wolf management on the DNR website.
Saturday, Sept. 17: Archery deer season opens; small game season opens including for ruffed grouse, sharp-tailed grouse, spruce grouse, Hungarian partridge, rabbits and squirrels
Saturday, Sept. 24: Waterfowl season opens; hunting seasons open for woodcock and prairie chicken
Saturday, Sept. 24-Sunday, Sept. 25: Take a Kid Hunting Weekend
Saturday, Oct. 1: Fall turkey season opens
Saturday, Oct. 15: Pheasant season opens; hunting and trapping in north zone opens for raccoon, red fox, gray fox, badger and opossum
Thursday, Oct. 20-Friday, Oct. 21: First Camp Ripley archery deer hunt
Saturday, Oct. 22: Hunting and trapping in south zone opens for raccoon, red fox, gray fox, badger and opossum
Thursday, Oct. 20-Sunday, Oct. 23: Youth deer season
Saturday, Oct. 29-Sunday, Oct. 30: Second Camp Ripley archery hunt
Saturday, Oct. 29: Trapping seasons open for beaver, otter, mink and muskrat
Saturday, Nov. 5: Firearms deer opener