Deer management

Three deer standing alert in the woods

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Popular, common and challenging

One of Minnesota's most recognizable and popular mammals, the white-tailed deer is found in every Minnesota county and adapts well to most surroundings.

Harvested deer tied on a sled for transport

New rule: No whole carcasses

Whole carcasses of deer, elk, moose and caribou from anywhere in North America no longer can be brought in to Minnesota.
Hunters, learn what to do  »

Map of deer permit areas in southeastern Minnesota with CWD testing

CWD prevention targets southeast

DNR will collect 3,600 precautionary samples for CWD testing from deer harvested in 10 southeastern Minnesota deer permit areas.
Instructions & check station locations  »

Adult helping teenager hunting deer with a bow.

Archery season begins

Archery deer season opened Saturday, Sept. 17.
Buy your license »
Be safe in your tree stand »
Special archery deer hunts » PDF