Deer hunting season information


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

09/15/18 - 12/31/18


Deer Hunt - Archery season

11/03/18 - 11/18/18


Deer Hunt - Firearm season - 100A

11/17/18 - 11/25/18


Deer Hunt - Firearm season - 300B

11/24/18 - 12/09/18


Deer Hunt - Muzzleloader season


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