Deer hunting season information

2019 deer season information

Deer hunting season is just on the other side of summer and we’ve updated our regulations for the 2019 season. Complete regulations are now online and should be available at license agents at the beginning of August. Licenses are now on sale.


View the preliminary harvest totals for the firearm deer season. Totals are updated each week during the three weeks of the firearm season.

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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Deer - special youth deer hunt lottery application deadline

Various state parks and Wildlife Management Areas


Deer - Camp Ripley archery hunt application deadline

Camp Ripley


Deer - antlerless deer and special hunt lottery deadline

Lottery deer permit areas and special hunts

09/14/19 - 12/31/19

Deer hunting - archery


10/17/19 - 10/20/19

Deer hunting - youth


10/17/19 - 10/18/19

Deer - Camp Ripley archery hunt (first season)

Camp Ripley

10/17/19 - 10/20/19

Deer hunting - 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 hunting - firearm (season A)

200 and 300 series permit areas

11/09/19 - 11/24/19

Deer hunting - firearm (season A)

100 series permit areas


Firearm Deer Season Opener


11/23/19 - 12/01/19

Deer hunting - firearm (season B)

300 series permit areas

11/30/19 - 12/15/19

Deer hunting - muzzleloader



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