Deer hunting season information

Wear blaze orange/pink Oct. 17-20

A reminder that blaze orange/pink is required statewide for archery hunters during the youth deer season. Early antlerless hunting is also open in some areas on these dates.

Check the lottery

Results are in. Check the antlerless and special hunt or muzzleloader lottery.

Surplus permits available in deer permit areas 181 (217 permits available) and 271 (three permits available) are on sale.

Mandatory CWD testing

CWD sample submission is mandatory in select deer permit areas where CWD has been found, including the southeast management zone, the north central management zone, the southeast control zone and the central surveillance area.

Test for CWD yourself

If you hunt in a deer permit area where there is no mandatory CWD testing but still would like to have your deer checked, you can collect a lymph node sample and pay for a private test.
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Deer management

Visit the deer management page to learn about what the DNR does so Minnesotans can enjoy the benefits of a thriving and disease-free deer population.

2018 deer harvest report.

For more harvest reports, harvest maps, population modeling, winter severity indexes and surveys, visit the deer reports and statistics page.


Youth deer hunting

Looking for youth deer hunting information? You can find the information in the Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations booklet.

Special hunts

Season information

Season dates

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09/14/19 - 12/31/19

Deer - archery


10/17/19 - 10/20/19

Deer - Youth


10/17/19 - 10/20/19

Deer - antlerless only

Portions of southeastern Minnesota

10/26/19 - 10/27/19

Deer - Camp Ripley archery hunt (second season)

Camp Ripley

11/09/19 - 11/17/19

Deer - firearm (season A)

200 and 300 series permit areas

11/09/19 - 11/24/19

Deer - firearm (season A)

100 series permit areas


Firearm Deer Season Opener


11/23/19 - 12/01/19

Deer - firearm (season B)

300 series permit areas

11/30/19 - 12/15/19

Deer - muzzleloader



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