Hunting and Fishing Season Openers

Hunting and fishing openers are a Minnesota sporting tradition and the Minnesota DNR wants you to be ready to go. Please refer to the hunting or fishing page for more specific information about seasons and openers.


Hunting & Fishing season dates and deadlines

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04/16/16 - 09/14/16

 

Stream Trout in streams SE - 2016 season. Dodge, Goodhue, Fillmore, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Wabasha and Winona counties only.

04/16/16 - 09/30/16

 

Stream Trout in streams, except SE - 2016 season

04/30/16 - 02/26/17

 

Bowfishing - 2016 season

04/30/16 - 02/19/17

 

Bullhead, Redhorse, other rough fish Spearing - 2016 season

04/30/16 - 02/26/17

 

Sucker Spearing - 2016 season

05/14/16 - 02/26/17

 

Walleye, sauger, northern pike - 2016 season

05/14/16 - 02/26/17

 

Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass - 2016 season -North and East of U.S. Hwy 53 from Duluth to International Falls and Pelican and Ash lakes in St. Louis County

05/14/16 - 09/30/16

 

Lake Trout (summer) - 2016 season

05/28/16 - 09/11/16

 

Smallmouth Bass - 2016 Season -South and West of U.S. Hwy 53 from Duluth to International Falls except Pelican and Ash lakes in St. Louis County

05/28/16 - 02/26/17

 

Largemouth Bass - 2016 season -South and West of US Hwy 53 from Duluth to International Falls except Pelican and Ash Lakes in St. Louis County

06/04/16 - 12/01/16

 

Muskellunge (Muskie) - 2016 season

08/12/16

 

Bear Baiting start date

08/15/16 - 09/30/16

Statewide

Wild Rice Harvesting

09/01/16 - 11/07/16

 

Snipe and Rail Hunting season

09/01/16 - 10/16/16

 

Bear season

09/01/16 - 11/09/16

 

Mourning Dove season

09/01/16 - 10/31/16

 

Crow Hunting (3rd season)

09/03/16 - 09/22/16

 

Early Canada Goose season

09/10/16

 

Youth Waterfowl Day-Tentative

09/10/16 - 10/16/16

 

Sandhill Crane season-NW zone-Tentative

09/10/16 - 09/18/16

 

Elk Hunting Season

09/12/16 - 02/26/17

 

Smallmouth Bass - 2016 Catch and Release season only (statewide)

09/15/16 - 10/15/16

 

Stream Trout (Fall) SE - 2016 season Catch and Release season only

09/17/16 - 12/31/16

 

Deer Hunt - Archery season

09/17/16 - 01/01/17

 

Ruffed and Spruce Grouse, Hungarian Partridge season

09/17/16 - 11/30/16

 

Sharptailed Grouse season

09/17/16 - 02/28/17

 

Small Game - Rabbits, Squirrels season

09/24/16 - 11/07/16

 

Woodcock season

09/24/16 - 10/02/16

 

Prairie Chicken season

09/24/16 - 09/25/16

 

Take-a-Kid Hunting weekend

09/24/16

 

Waterfowl season opener-Tentative

10/01/16 - 10/30/16

 

Fall Turkey season

10/15/16 - 01/01/17

 

Pheasant season

10/15/16 - 03/15/17

 

Raccoon, Red Fox, Gray Fox, Badger, Opossum (North) Hunting & Trapping

10/20/16 - 10/23/16

 

Deer Hunt - Special Youth Deer season

10/20/16 - 10/21/16

 

Deer Hunt - Camp Ripley Archery Hunt - 1st season

10/22/16 - 03/15/17

 

Raccoon, Red Fox, Gray Fox, Badger, Opossum (South) Hunting & Trapping

10/29/16 - 10/30/16

 

Deer Hunt - Camp Ripley Archery Hunt - 2nd season

10/29/16 - 05/15/17

 

Furbearer Trapping - Beaver - south zone

10/29/16 - 01/08/17

 

Furbearer Trapping - Otter - north zone

10/29/16 - 02/28/17

 

Furbearer Trapping - Mink and Muskrat - north zone

10/29/16 - 05/15/16

 

Furbearer Trapping - Beaver - north zone

10/29/16 - 01/08/17

 

Furbearer Trapping - Otter - south zone

10/29/16 - 02/28/17

 

Furbearer Trapping - Mink and Muskrat-south zone

11/05/16 - 11/20/16

 

Deer Hunt - Firearm season - 1A

11/05/16 - 11/13/16

 

Deer Hunt - Firearm season - 2A and 3A

11/15/16 - 02/26/17

 

Dark House Spearing-2016 season

11/19/16 - 11/27/16

 

Deer Hunt - Firearm season - 3B

11/26/16 - 12/11/16

 

Deer Hunt - Muzzleloader season

11/26/16 - 11/30/16

 

Fisher and Pine Marten-north of I-94 and US Hwy 10 only

11/26/16 - 01/08/17

 

Bobcat - Hunting & Trapping-north of I-94 and US Hwy 10 only

12/15/16 - 12/31/16

 

Crow Hunting (4th season)

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