Deer hunting season information

2019 deer season information

Deer hunting season is just on the other side of summer and we’re in the midst of updating our regulations for the 2019 season. Complete regulations are expected to be posted online and available at license agents at the beginning of August.


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 during the first two days of the statewide (A) and late southeast (3B) seasons in select deer permit areas.

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.

2017 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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Various state parks and Wildlife Management Areas

Deer - special youth deer hunt lottery application deadline


Camp Ripley

Deer - Camp Ripley archery hunt application deadline


Lottery deer permit areas and special hunts

Deer - antlerless deer and special hunt lottery deadline

09/14/19 - 12/31/19


Deer hunting - archery

10/17/19 - 10/20/19

Specific permit areas in southeastern and northwestern Minnesota, including metro permit area 601

Deer hunting - youth

10/17/19 - 10/18/19

Camp Ripley

Deer - Camp Ripley archery hunt (first season)

10/19/19 - 10/20/19

Portions of southeastern Minnesota

Deer hunting - antlerless only

10/26/19 - 10/27/19

Camp Ripley

Deer - Camp Ripley archery hunt (second season)

11/09/19 - 11/17/19

200 and 300 series permit areas

Deer hunting - firearm (season A)

11/09/19 - 11/24/19

100 series permit areas

Deer hunting - firearm (season A)



Firearm Deer Season Opener

11/23/19 - 12/01/19

300 series permit areas

Deer hunting - firearm (season B)

11/30/19 - 12/15/19


Deer hunting - muzzleloader


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