What is this rule about?
This rule covers topics of interest to hunters, wildlife watchers and landowners including small game hunting, big game hunting and regulations about public hunting land.
What will this rulemaking will do?
Most of the changes have been in place for at least one hunting season as temporary rules. This rulemaking will make those temporary rules permanent.
Proposed rule changes that have not yet been in effect include:
- Requiring hunters to use non-toxic shot (steel or other approved substitute) when hunting on wildlife management areas in the southern and western areas of the state, starting on September 1, 2018.
- Increasing the possession limit for several species of small game, including ruffed grouse, to three times the daily limit.
- Requiring the use of non-toxic shot when hunting rails or snipe.
- Requiring bear bait stations to be registered under the name and Minnesota DNR number of the person who is hunting over the station.
Who might be affected by these rule changes?
- Hunters who use certain wildlife management areas and game refuges
- Hunters who use lead shot for hunting on wildlife management areas in the southern and western counties.
- Youth who hunt deer
- Bear guides who place bait for clients
- People who hunt for small game
- People who hunt with falcons
- People who hunt for prairie chickens
- People who hunt for ducks or geese
- People who hunt crows
What is the current status?
As of January 2017, the DNR is preparing to publish proposed rules and a notice of hearing under the Office of Administrative Hearings.
If you want a free copy of the proposed rules, call or email the DNR contact person listed below.
How can I sign up for rulemaking notices?
To receive DNR rulemaking notices on all topics, subscribe to the DNR Rules Notification List.
DNR contact for these wildlife rules:
Division of Fish and Wildlife
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN