Access to Minnesota state parks during the 2015 fall hunting season

Numerous hunts are scheduled to take place at Minnesota state parks this fall, as a way to help control the deer population in the parks. The DNR's goal is to ensure healthy natural communities, and when there are too many deer in one area, the native plants and animals can be negatively affected.

Access to the parks will vary around the state during these hunts. Some state parks will remain open to all visitors, some will have limited public access, and some will be open only to hunters with special permits.

This page is intended to provide information primarily to non-hunters during the 2015-2016 hunt season. If you are a hunter, you'll find more information here.

For additional information, please call the facility before you head out.

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Stay safe during hunting season!

If you will be visiting a state park during hunting season:

  1. Wear blaze orange or other brightly colored clothing, even if you will not be hunting.
  2. Check with the park office when you arrive, to see if there is any additional hunt-related information.
  3. Watch carefully for any hunt-related signage in the park, and follow it!

 

This park is closed to the public during a hunt

CLOSED

The park is closed to the public and open only to hunters with a valid permit during a particular hunt.

This park is open both to visitors and to hunters OR a portion of the park is open to the public and closed to hunting while another part is open to hunters only

LIMITED

The park is open both to visitors and to hunters OR a portion of the park is open to the public and closed to hunting while another part is open to hunters only.

There is no hunting at the park

OPEN

There is no hunting at the park.

 

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This park is closed to the public during a hunt

Afton State Park

There will be a deer hunt in Afton State Park on November 7 through November 8. The park will be open only to participating youth hunters and their mentors during the special permit hunt, from sunset on November 6 through 8 am on November 9. No camping will be available during the hunt period.

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This park is open both to visitors and to hunters OR a portion of the park is open to the public and closed to hunting while another part is open to hunters only

Banning State Park

There will be a deer hunt in Banning State Park on October 31 through November 1. Specific parking area will be assigned to each hunter party after lottery selection. Canoe campsites on east side of Kettle River and "Hell's Gate Rapids" portage trail will be closed October 30 through November 2. The park will remain open to the public during the hunt.

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There is no hunting at the park

Bear Head Lake State Park

There is no hunting at Bear Head Lake State Park.

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This park is closed to the public during a hunt

Beaver Creek Valley State Park

There will be a deer hunt in Beaver Creek Valley State Park on November 7 through November 8.  Park will be open only to participating hunters with a valid permit during the special permit hunt. No camping will be available.

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This park is open both to visitors and to hunters OR a portion of the park is open to the public and closed to hunting while another part is open to hunters only

Big Bog State Recreation Area

By legislation, most of the northern portion of Big Bog State Recreation Area is open to public hunting and trapping. There is no hunting or trapping allowed on or in the vicinity of Ludlow Island or the boardwalk.

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There is no hunting at the park

Big Stone Lake State Park

There is no hunting at Big Stone Lake State Park.

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This park is closed to the public during a hunt

Blue Mounds State Park

There will be a deer hunt in Blue Mounds State Park on November 21 through November 22. The park will be open only to participating youth hunters and their mentors from sunset on November 20 through 8 am on  November 23. Only hunters and mentors will be allowed to camp in the park.

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This park is open both to visitors and to hunters OR a portion of the park is open to the public and closed to hunting while another part is open to hunters only

Buffalo River State Park

There will be a deer hunt in Buffalo River State Park on November 7 through November 8. The park will be open to visitors and hunters with a valid special hunt permit during the deer hunt.

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This park is closed to the public during a hunt

Camden State Park

There will be a deer hunt in Camden State Park on October 31 through November 1. Park will be open only to participating youth hunters and their mentors from sunset on October 30 through 8 am on November 2. Camping for participating youth hunters and their mentors will be available.

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There is no hunting at the park

Carley State Park

There is no hunting at Carley State Park.

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This park is open both to visitors and to hunters OR a portion of the park is open to the public and closed to hunting while another part is open to hunters only

Cascade River State Park

There will be a deer hunt in Cascade River State Park on November 7 through November 22. The east and west units of the park away from the main use area will be open to visitors and hunters during the deer hunt. The central unit of the park near the campground and waterfalls, and the Lake Superior side of U.S. Highway 61 are open to the public and closed to hunting.

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There is no hunting at the park

Charles A. Lindbergh State Park

There is no hunting at Charles Lindbergh State Park.

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This park is closed to the public during a hunt

Crow Wing State Park

There will be a deer hunt in Crow Wing State Park on December 5 through December 6 for muzzleloader season. The park will be closed to the public and open only to deer hunters with a valid permit during the special permit hunt.

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This park is open both to visitors and to hunters OR a portion of the park is open to the public and closed to hunting while another part is open to hunters only

Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area

Hunting and trapping is not allowed in the campground or in the vicinity of parking lots and use areas. The rest of Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area is open to public hunting by legislation.

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There is no hunting at the park

Father Hennepin State Park

There is no hunting at Father Hennepin State Park.

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This park is open both to visitors and to hunters OR a portion of the park is open to the public and closed to hunting while another part is open to hunters only

Flandrau State Park

The portion of Flandrau State Park that is within the New Ulm city limits will be open for archery hunting October 17 through December 31. This hunt is administered by the city of New Ulm. Hunters must have a permit for the New Ulm special permit archery hunt to hunt in the park and comply with all rules of the hunt.

The park will remain open to the public during the hunt. There is no archery or other hunting anywhere else in the park.

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This park is open both to visitors and to hunters OR a portion of the park is open to the public and closed to hunting while another part is open to hunters only

Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

There will be a deer hunt in Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park on November 7 through November 8. The park will remain open to the public during the hunt. Just over 400 acres of Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park are open to public hunting and trapping by legislation.

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There is no hunting at the park

Fort Ridgely State Park

There is no hunting at Fort Ridgely State Park.

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There is no hunting at the park

Fort Snelling State Park

There is no hunting at Fort Snelling State Park.

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There is no hunting at the park

Franz Jevne State Park

There is no hunting at Franz Jevne State Park.

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This park is closed to the public during a hunt

Frontenac State Park

There will be a deer hunt in Frontenac State Park on November 21 through November 23. The park will be open only to deer hunters with a valid permit during the special permit hunt.

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This park is open both to visitors and to hunters OR a portion of the park is open to the public and closed to hunting while another part is open to hunters only

Garden Island State Recreation Area

All of Garden Island State Recreation Area is open to public hunting and trapping by legislation, except the land which is part of the Red Lake Indian Reservation and the far eastern end where the boat dock and other facilities are located.

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This park is open both to visitors and to hunters OR a portion of the park is open to the public and closed to hunting while another part is open to hunters only

George H. Crosby Manitou State Park

Approximately 3,100 acres of George H. Crosby Manitou State Park are open to public hunting and trapping by legislation. The areas open to hunting are east of the Manitou River and north of Minnesota Highway 61.

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This park is open both to visitors and to hunters OR a portion of the park is open to the public and closed to hunting while another part is open to hunters only

Glacial Lakes State Park

There will be a deer hunt in Glacial Lakes State Park on November 12 through November 15. The park will be open to visitors and hunters with a valid special hunt permit during the deer hunt.

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There is no hunting at the park

Glendalough State Park

There is no hunting at Glendalough State Park.

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This park is open both to visitors and to hunters OR a portion of the park is open to the public and closed to hunting while another part is open to hunters only

Gooseberry Falls State Park

There will be a deer hunt at Gooseberry Falls State Park on November 7 through November 22. All areas of the park north/west of U.S. Highway 61 are open only to deer hunters with a valid permit during the special hunt. Areas near the shop, park residence, and highway bridge which will be signed closed to hunting. Areas of the park south/east of U.S. Highway 61 are open to the public and closed to hunting.

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There is no hunting at the park

Grand Portage State Park

There is no hunting in Grand Portage State Park.

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There is no hunting at the park

Great River Bluffs State Park

There is no hunting in Great River Bluffs State Park.

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This park is open both to visitors and to hunters OR a portion of the park is open to the public and closed to hunting while another part is open to hunters only

Greenleaf Lake State Recreation Area

Greenleaf Lake State Recreation Area is open for archery hunting on September 19 through December 31. The park will be open to visitors and hunters with a valid archery deer license during the hunting season.

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This park is open both to visitors and to hunters OR a portion of the park is open to the public and closed to hunting while another part is open to hunters only

Hayes Lake State Park

There will be a deer hunt in Hayes Lake State Park on November 7 through November 22. The park will be open to visitors and hunters with a valid special hunt permit during the deer hunt.

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This park is closed to the public after Labor Day

Hill Annex Mine State Park

Hill Annex Mine State Park is closed for the season. There is no hunting at the park, but it is entirely closed from Labor Day to Memorial Day weekend.

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There is no hunting at the park

Interstate State Park

There is no hunting at Interstate State Park.

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This park is closed to the public during a hunt

Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle State Recreation Area

The Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle State Recreation Area is closed during firearms deer season on November 7 through November 22. Starting November 27, the recreation area will reopen Fridays through Sundays during the winter season.

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This park is open both to visitors and to hunters OR a portion of the park is open to the public and closed to hunting while another part is open to hunters only

Itasca State Park

There will be deer hunts at Itasca State Park from October to December. A special youth hunt is restricted to portion of the park, during October 24 through October 25. A map will be sent to participants.

Regular firearms season is during November 7 through November 15. The park will be open to visitors and hunters during the regular firearms deer hunt.

Muzzleloader season is during November 28 through December 13. The park will be open to visitors and hunters during the muzzleloader deer hunt.

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This park is open both to visitors and to hunters OR a portion of the park is open to the public and closed to hunting while another part is open to hunters only

Jay Cooke State Park

There will be a deer hunt in Jay Cooke State Park on December 5 through December 9 for muzzleloader season.

The park will be open only to deer hunters with a valid permit during the special permit hunt with the exception of the campground, River Inn Visitor Center area and swinging bridge which will remain closed to hunting and open to the public.

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There is no hunting at the park

John A. Latsch State Park

There is no hunting at John A. Latsch State Park.

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This park is open both to visitors and to hunters OR a portion of the park is open to the public and closed to hunting while another part is open to hunters only

Judge C.R. Magney State Park

There will be a deer hunt at Judge C.R. Magney State Park from November 7 through November 22. The park will be open to visitors and hunters during the deer hunt. The areas of the park around the campground and parking lot and on the Lake Superior side of U.S. Highway 61 are open to the public and closed to hunting.

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This park is closed to the public during a hunt

Kilen Woods State Park

 There will be a deer hunt at Kilen Woods State Park from October 24 through October 25. Park will be open only to participating youth hunters and their mentor. 

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This park is open both to visitors and to hunters OR a portion of the park is open to the public and closed to hunting while another part is open to hunters only

La Salle Lake State Recreation Area

By legislation, La Salle Lake State Recreation Area is open to hunting, fishing, and trapping of protected species during designated seasons. Dogs under control for hunting purposes are also allowed during regular hunting seasons. There is no hunting or trapping allowed in the vicinity of the campground and cabins.

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There is no hunting at the park

Lac qui Parle State Park

There is no hunting at Lac qui Parle State Park.

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This park is open both to visitors and to hunters OR a portion of the park is open to the public and closed to hunting while another part is open to hunters only

Lake Bemidji State Park

There will be deer hunts at Lake Bemidji State Park from October to December.

A special youth hunt is restricted to portion of the park, during October 16 through October 18. A map will be sent to participants. The park will be open to visitors and hunters with a valid special hunt permit during the deer hunt.

Hunting during regular firearms season is during November 7 through November 10. The park will be open to visitors and hunters with a valid special hunt permit during the regular firearms deer hunt.

Muzzleloader season is during December 4 through December 6. The park will be open to visitors and hunters with a valid special hunt permit during the muzzleloader deer hunt.

An archery hunt administered by the city of Bemidji is held September 13 through December 31 only in the southern unit of the park. The park will be open to visitors and hunters with a valid special hunt permit during the archery deer hunt. This hunt is administered by the City of Bemidji.

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This park is open both to visitors and to hunters OR a portion of the park is open to the public and closed to hunting while another part is open to hunters only

Lake Bronson State Park

There will be a deer hunt in Lake Bronson State Park on November 7 through November 15. The park will remain open to the public during the hunt.

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This park is open both to visitors and to hunters OR a portion of the park is open to the public and closed to hunting while another part is open to hunters only

Lake Carlos State Park

There will be a deer hunt in Lake Carlos State Park on November 7 through November 8. The park will be open to visitors and hunters with a valid special hunt permit during the deer hunt.

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This park is open both to visitors and to hunters OR a portion of the park is open to the public and closed to hunting while another part is open to hunters only

Lake Louise State Park

There will be a deer hunt in Lake Louise State Park on November 14 through November 15. The park will remain open to the public during the hunt.

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There is no hunting at the park

Lake Maria State Park

There is no hunting at Lake Maria State Park.

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This park is closed to the public during a hunt

Lake Shetek State Park

There will be a deer hunt at Lake Shetek. The park will be open only to participating youth hunters and their mentors from October 24 through October 25. The park will be open only to participating youth hunters and their mentors from sunset on October 23 through 8 am on October 26. Campsites and camper cabins for participating youth hunters and their mentors will be available to reserve through the park office.

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This park is open both to visitors and to hunters OR a portion of the park is open to the public and closed to hunting while another part is open to hunters only

Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park

There will be a deer hunt in Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park on November 28 through December 13 for muzzleloader season. The park will be open to visitors and hunters with a valid special hunt permit during the deer hunt.

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This park is open both to visitors and to hunters OR a portion of the park is open to the public and closed to hunting while another part is open to hunters only

Maplewood State Park

There will be a deer hunt in Maplewood State Park on November 7 through November 10. The park will be open to visitors and hunters with a valid special hunt permit during the deer hunt.

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There is no hunting at the park

McCarthy Beach State Park

There is no hunting in McCarthy Beach State Park.

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There is no hunting at the park

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

There is no hunting in Mille Lacs Kathio State Park.

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There is no hunting at the park

Minneopa State Park

There is no hunting in Minneopa State Park.

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This park is open both to visitors and to hunters OR a portion of the park is open to the public and closed to hunting while another part is open to hunters only

Minnesota Valley State Recreation Area

There is no hunting in the Lawrence Unit of the Minnesota Valley State Recreation Area.

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There is no hunting at the park

Monson Lake State Park

There is no hunting in Monson Lake State Park.

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There is no hunting at the park

Moose Lake State Park

There is no hunting in Moose Lake State Park.

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This park is open both to visitors and to hunters OR a portion of the park is open to the public and closed to hunting while another part is open to hunters only

Myre-Big Island State Park

There will be a deer hunt in Myre-Big Island State Park on November 28 through November 29. The park will remain open to the public during the hunt.

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This park is closed to the public during a hunt

Nerstrand Big Woods State Park

There will be a deer hunt in Nerstrand Big Woods State Park on December 5 through December 6 for muzzleloader season. The park will be open only to deer hunters with a valid permit during the special permit hunt.

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There is no hunting at the park

Old Mill State Park

There is no hunting in Old Mill State Park.

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There is no hunting at the park

Red River State Recreation Area

There is no hunting in the Red River State Recreation Area.

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There is no hunting at the park

Rice Lake State Park

There is no hunting in Rice Lake State park.

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This park is closed to the public during a hunt

St. Croix State Park

There will be deer hunts in St. Croix State Park.

The park is open for archery hunting October 10 through November 8.

A special youth hunt is restricted to portion of the park 12,000 acres in the western portion of the park are open for hunting on October 31 through November 1 during the youth hunt. Equestrian trails located in the hunt area are closed during the hunt. Advisory signs are erected during the hunt to caution other park visitors. Riverview campground is open, no water but electricity available.

Hunting during regular firearms season is during November 19 through November 22. The park will be closed to the public. The park will be open only to deer hunters with a valid permit during the special permit hunt. Persons wishing to be accompanied during the hunt should utilize the group application option.

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There is no hunting at the park

Sakatah Lake State Park

There is no hunting in Sakatah Lake State park.

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This park is open both to visitors and to hunters OR a portion of the park is open to the public and closed to hunting while another part is open to hunters only

Savanna Portage State Park

There will be a deer hunt in Savanna Portage State Park on October 24 through October 25 and October 31 through November 1. Public access will be limited to day use fishing and boating on Shumway, Loon, Wolf, and Savanna Lakes. Loon Lake Picnic area will be open to day use. The Loon Lake picnic area and camping facilities will also remain open to the public and closed to hunting. Trails and remote sites outside these areas will be closed for day use.

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This park is open both to visitors and to hunters OR a portion of the park is open to the public and closed to hunting while another part is open to hunters only

Scenic State Park

There will be a deer hunt in Scenic State Park on November 8 through November 23. The area between County Road 75 (the park entrance road) and Coon-Sandwick Lakes will remain open to the public and closed to hunting during these dates. All other areas will be closed to the public and open only to hunters.

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This park is open both to visitors and to hunters OR a portion of the park is open to the public and closed to hunting while another part is open to hunters only

Schoolcraft State Park

There will be a deer hunt in Schoolcraft State Park on November 7 through November 22. The park will be open to visitors and hunters with a valid special hunt permit during the deer hunt.

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This park is open both to visitors and to hunters OR a portion of the park is open to the public and closed to hunting while another part is open to hunters only

Sibley State Park

There will be deer hunts in Sibley State Park.

There will be a special deer hunt for youth hunters and their mentors on October 24 through October 25. The youth hunt is limited to the western portion of the park.

There will be a deer hunt on November 28 through November 29 for muzzleloader season. The park will be open only to deer hunters with a valid permit during the special permit hunt.

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There is no hunting at the park

Split Rock Creek State Park

There is no hunting in Split Rock Creek State Park.

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This park is open both to visitors and to hunters OR a portion of the park is open to the public and closed to hunting while another part is open to hunters only

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

Approximately 50 acres in the far northern part of Split Rock Lighthouse State Park is open to public hunting and trapping by legislation.

There will be a deer hunt in the park on November 7 through November 22. All areas south and east of Highway 61 will be open to the public and closed to hunting; areas north and west of Highway 61 will be closed to the public on these dates and open only to hunters.

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This park is open both to visitors and to hunters OR a portion of the park is open to the public and closed to hunting while another part is open to hunters only

Temperance River State Park

By legislation, hunting and trapping is allowed in approximately 600 acres of the southwestern section of Temperance River State Park, in the area formerly known as the Cross River Wayside.

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This park is open both to visitors and to hunters OR a portion of the park is open to the public and closed to hunting while another part is open to hunters only

Tettegouche State Park

By legislation, hunting and trapping is allowed in approximately 3,700 acres of Tettegouche State Park, in the area known as the Palisade Valley.

The youth hunt will take place during October 17 through October 18 in Tettegouche State Park. The area is located in a small, northwest portion of the park and only open to youth deer hunters with a valid permit during the special permit hunt. Advisory signs will be erected during the hunt to caution other park visitors that the park is open to all hunting seasons by state statute.

Regular firearms season is during November 7 through November 22. All areas south and east of U.S. Highway 61 will be open to the public and closed to hunting. Areas north and west of U.S. Highway 61 are only open to deer hunters with a valid permit during the special hunt.

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There is no hunting at the park

Upper Sioux Agency State Park

There is no hunting in Upper Sioux Agency State Park.

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This park is closed to the public during a hunt

Whitewater State Park

There will be a deer hunt in Whitewater State Park on November 21 through November 22. The park will be closed to the public during the hunt but will allow hunters to camp.

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There is no hunting at the park

Wild River State Park

There is no hunting in Wild River State Park.

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This park is closed to the public during a hunt

William O'Brien State Park

There will be a deer hunt in William O'Brien State Park on November 14 through November 15. The park will be open only to deer hunters with a valid permit during the special permit hunt.

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This park is open both to visitors and to hunters OR a portion of the park is open to the public and closed to hunting while another part is open to hunters only

Zippel Bay State Park

There will be deer hunts in Zippel Bay State Park from October through November.

A special deer hunt for youth hunters in Zippel Bay State Park on October 24 through October 25. The park will be open to visitors and hunters with a valid special hunt permit during the deer hunt.

Regular firearms season is during November 7 through November 22. The park will be open to visitors and hunters with a valid special hunt permit during the deer hunt.

Visit the park's web page.