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.
Deer zones and permit areas
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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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.
For more harvest reports, harvest maps, population modeling, winter severity indexes and surveys, visit the deer reports and statistics page.
- Mandatory deer harvest registration – There are three ways to register harvested deer
- Registration stations
Youth deer hunting
Looking for youth deer hunting information? You can find the information in the Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations booklet.
- Licenses and firearms safety (2018 regulations)
- Youth deer season (2018 regulations)
- Special youth deer hunts
- Firearms safety and apprentice hunters
- 2018 regulations
- Mandatory CWD testing
- Questions & answers
- Landowner list (2018)
- 2018 season information packet
- Lead information for hunters
- Legal big game cartridges
- Sunrise and sunset data
- Tree stand safety
- Venison donation program
Various state parks and Wildlife Management Areas
Lottery deer permit areas and special hunts
09/14/19 - 12/31/19
10/17/19 - 10/20/19
Specific permit areas in southeastern and northwestern Minnesota, including metro permit area 601
10/17/19 - 10/18/19
10/19/19 - 10/20/19
Portions of southeastern Minnesota
10/26/19 - 10/27/19
11/09/19 - 11/17/19
200 and 300 series permit areas
11/09/19 - 11/24/19
100 series permit areas
Firearm Deer Season Opener
11/23/19 - 12/01/19
300 series permit areas
11/30/19 - 12/15/19
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