Deer hunting season information


View the preliminary harvest totals for the 2020 season. Totals are updated every one or two business days.

Answers to common questions

Check out the deer season FAQ to get answers to the most-asked deer hunting questions.

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.

2019 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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09/19/20 - 12/31/20Deer - archeryStatewide
11/07/20 - 11/15/20Deer - firearm (season A) 200 and 300 series permit areas
11/07/20 - 11/22/20Deer - firearm (season A) 100 series permit areas
11/07/20Deer season openerStatewide
11/21/20 - 11/29/20Deer - firearm (season B) 300 series permit areas
11/28/20 - 12/13/20Deer - muzzleloaderStatewide


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