Hunting and trapping season dates

Openers

2021
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09/23/21Take a Kid Hunting WeekendStatewide
09/25/21Waterfowl - TentativeStatewide
11/6/21Deer - FirearmsStatewide
2022
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09/24/22Take a Kid Hunting WeekendStatewide
09/24/22Waterfowl - TentativeStatewide
11/5/22Deer - FirearmsStatewide
2023
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09/23/23Take a Kid Hunting WeekendStatewide
09/23/23Waterfowl - TentativeStatewide
11/4/23Deer - FirearmsStatewide
2024
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09/21/24Take a Kid Hunting WeekendStatewide
09/21/24Waterfowl - TentativeStatewide
11/9/24Deer - FirearmsStatewide
2025
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09/20/25Take a Kid Hunting WeekendStatewide
09/27/25Waterfowl - TentativeStatewide
11/8/25Deer - FirearmsStatewide
2026
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09/26/26Take a Kid Hunting WeekendStatewide
09/26/26Waterfowl - TentativeStatewide
11/7/26Deer - FirearmsStatewide

Hunt application & lottery deadlines

Bear
2021
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2022
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Deer
2021
2022
2023
2024
2025
2026
Elk
2021
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2022
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2026
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Prairie chicken
2021
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2022
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2026
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Spring wild turkey
2021
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2022
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Big game

Bear seasons
2021
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08/13/21Bear baiting start datePermit areas & no-quota area
09/1/21 - 10/17/21Bear seasonPermit areas & no-quota area
2022
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08/12/22Bear baiting start datePermit areas & no-quota area
09/1/22 - 10/16/22BearPermit areas & no-quota area
2023
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08/11/23Bear baiting start datePermit areas & no-quota area
09/1/23 - 10/15/23BearPermit areas & no-quota area
2024
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08/16/24Bear baiting start datePermit areas & no-quota area
09/1/24 - 10/13/24BearPermit areas & no-quota area
2025
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08/15/25Bear baiting start datePermit areas & no-quota area
09/1/25 - 10/19/25BearPermit areas & no-quota area
2026
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08/14/26Bear baiting start datePermit areas & no-quota area
09/1/26 - 10/18/26BearPermit areas & no-quota area
Deer seasons
2021
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09/18/21 - 12/31/21Deer - ArcheryStatewide
10/21/21 - 10/22/21Deer - Camp Ripley Archery (Hunt #1)Camp Ripley
10/21/21 - 10/24/21Deer - Early AntlerlessPortions of southeastern Minnesota
10/21/21 - 10/24/21Deer - YouthStatewide
10/30/21 - 10/31/21Deer - Camp Ripley Archery (Hunt #2)Camp Ripley
11/6/21 - 11/21/21Deer - Firearm (Season A) 100 Series permit areas
11/6/21 - 11/14/21Deer - Firearm (Season A) 200 & 300 Series permit areas
11/20/21 - 11/28/21Deer - Firearm (Season B) 300 Series permit areas
11/27/21 - 12/12/21Deer - MuzzleloaderStatewide
2022
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09/17/22 - 12/31/22Deer - ArcheryStatewide
10/20/22 - 10/21/22Deer - Camp Ripley Archery (Hunt #1)Camp Ripley
10/20/22 - 10/23/22Deer - Early AntlerlessPortions of southeastern Minnesota
10/20/22 - 10/23/22Deer - YouthStatewide
10/29/22 - 10/30/22Deer - Camp Ripley Archery (Hunt #2)Camp Ripley
11/5/22 - 11/20/22Deer - Firearm (Season A) 100 Series permit areas
11/5/22 - 11/13/22Deer - Firearm (Season A) 200 & 300 Series permit areas
11/19/22 - 11/27/22Deer - Firearm (Season B) 300 Series permit areas
11/26/22 - 12/11/22Deer - MuzzleloaderStatewide
2023
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09/16/23 - 12/31/23Deer - ArcheryStatewide
10/19/23 - 10/20/23Deer - Camp Ripley Archery (Hunt #1)Camp Ripley
10/19/23 - 10/22/23Deer - Early AntlerlessPortions of southeastern Minnesota
10/19/23 - 10/22/23Deer - YouthStatewide
10/28/23 - 10/29/23Deer - Camp Ripley Archery (Hunt #2)Camp Ripley
11/4/23 - 11/19/23Deer - Firearm (Season A) 100 Series permit areas
11/4/23 - 11/12/23Deer - Firearm (Season A) 200 & 300 Series permit areas
11/18/23 - 11/26/23Deer - Firearm (Season B) 300 Series permit areas
11/25/23 - 12/10/23Deer - MuzzleloaderStatewide
2024
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09/15/24 - 12/31/24Deer - ArcheryStatewide
10/17/24 - 10/18/24Deer - Camp Ripley Archery (Hunt #1)Camp Ripley
10/17/24 - 10/20/24Deer - Early AntlerlessPortions of southeastern Minnesota
10/17/24 - 10/20/24Deer - YouthStatewide
10/26/24 - 10/27/24Deer - Camp Ripley Archery (Hunt #2)Camp Ripley
11/9/24 - 11/24/24Deer - Firearm (Season A) 100 Series permit areas
11/9/24 - 11/17/24Deer - Firearm (Season A) 200 & 300 Series permit areas
11/23/24 - 12/1/24Deer - Firearm (Season B) 300 Series permit areas
11/30/24 - 12/15/24Deer - MuzzleloaderStatewide
2025
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09/13/25 - 12/31/25Deer - ArcheryStatewide
10/16/25 - 10/17/25Deer - Camp Ripley Archery (Hunt #1)Camp Ripley
10/16/25 - 10/19/25Deer - Early AntlerlessPortions of southeastern Minnesota
10/16/25 - 10/19/25Deer - YouthStatewide
10/25/25 - 10/26/25Deer - Camp Ripley Archery (Hunt #2)Camp Ripley
11/8/25 - 11/23/25Deer - Firearm (Season A) 100 Series permit areas
11/8/25 - 11/16/25Deer - Firearm (Season A) 200 & 300 Series permit areas
11/22/25 - 11/30/25Deer - Firearm (Season B) 300 Series permit areas
11/29/25 - 12/14/25Deer - MuzzleloaderStatewide
2026
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09/19/26 - 12/31/26Deer - ArcheryStatewide
10/15/26 - 10/16/26Deer - Camp Ripley Archery (Hunt #1)Camp Ripley
10/15/26 - 10/18/26Deer - Early AntlerlessPortions of southeastern Minnesota
10/15/26 - 10/18/26Deer - YouthStatewide
10/24/26 - 10/25/26Deer - Camp Ripley Archery (Hunt #2)Camp Ripley
11/7/26 - 11/22/26Deer - Firearm (Season A) 100 Series permit areas
11/7/26 - 11/15/26Deer - Firearm (Season A) 200 & 300 Series permit areas
11/21/26 - 11/29/26Deer - Firearm (Season B) 300 Series permit areas
11/28/26 - 12/13/26Deer - MuzzleloaderStatewide
Elk seasons
2021

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2022

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2023

Announced in mid-May on the elk season web page.

2024

Announced in mid-May on the elk season web page.

2025

Announced in mid-May on the elk season web page.

2026

Announced in mid-May on the elk season web page.

Small game

Badger seasons
2021
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10/14/21 - 03/15/22BadgerNorth furbearer zone
10/21/21 - 03/15/22BadgerSouth furbearer zone
2022
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10/15/22 - 03/15/23BadgerNorth furbearer zone
10/22/22 - 03/15/23BadgerSouth furbearer zone
2023
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10/14/23 - 03/15/24BadgerNorth furbearer zone
10/21/23 - 03/15/24BadgerSouth furbearer zone
2024
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2025
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2026
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Bobcat seasons
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2022
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2023
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2026
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Gray fox seasons
2021
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10/14/21 - 03/15/22Gray foxNorth furbearer zone
10/21/21 - 03/15/22Gray foxSouth furbearer zone
2022
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2023
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2024
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2026
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Opossum seasons
2021
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10/14/21 - 03/15/22OpossumNorth furbearer zone
10/21/21 - 03/15/22OpossumSouth furbearer zone
2022
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2023
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2024
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2026
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Rabbit seasons
2021
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09/18/21 - 02/28/22Cottontail rabbit & snowshoe hareStatewide
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2026
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Raccoon seasons
2021
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10/14/21 - 03/15/22RaccoonNorth furbearer zone
10/21/21 - 03/15/22RaccoonSouth furbearer zone
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2023
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2024
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2026
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Red fox seasons
2021
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10/14/21 - 03/15/22Red foxNorth furbearer zone
10/21/21 - 03/15/22Red foxSouth furbearer zone
2022
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2023
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2024
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2026
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Trapping

Badger seasons
2021
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10/14/21 - 03/15/22BadgerNorth furbearer zone
10/21/21 - 03/15/22BadgerSouth furbearer zone
2022
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10/15/22 - 03/15/23BadgerNorth furbearer zone
10/22/22 - 03/15/23BadgerSouth furbearer zone
2023
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10/14/23 - 03/15/24BadgerNorth furbearer zone
10/21/23 - 03/15/24BadgerSouth furbearer zone
2024
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Beaver seasons
2021
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10/23/21 - 05/15/22BeaverNorth furbearer zone
10/30/21 - 05/15/22BeaverSouth furbearer zone
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2023
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2026
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Bobcat seasons
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2022
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Fisher seasons
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2026
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Gray fox seasons
2021
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10/14/21 - 03/15/22Gray foxNorth furbearer zone
10/21/21 - 03/15/22Gray foxSouth furbearer zone
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2023
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Mink seasons
2021
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10/23/21 - 02/28/22MinkNorth furbearer zone
10/30/21 - 02/28/22MinkSouth furbearer zone
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Muskrat seasons
2021
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10/23/21 - 02/28/22MuskratNorth furbearer zone
10/30/21 - 02/28/22MuskratSouth furbearer zone
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2026
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Opossum seasons
2021
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10/14/21 - 03/15/22OpossumNorth furbearer zone
10/21/21 - 03/15/22OpossumSouth furbearer zone
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2023
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2026
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Otter seasons
2021
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10/30/21 - 01/23/22OtterNorth furbearer zone
10/30/21 - 01/23/22OtterSouth furbearer zone
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2026
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Pine marten seasons
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2022
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2026
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Raccoon seasons
2021
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10/14/21 - 03/15/22RaccoonNorth furbearer zone
10/21/21 - 03/15/22RaccoonSouth furbearer zone
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2023
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2026
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Red fox seasons
2021
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10/14/21 - 03/15/22Red foxNorth furbearer zone
10/21/21 - 03/15/22Red foxSouth furbearer zone
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Upland birds

Crane seasons
2021
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09/18/21 - 10/24/21Sandhill craneNorthwest goose zone
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Crow seasons
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03/1/21 - 03/31/21Crow - First seasonStatewide
09/1/21 - 10/31/21Crow - Second seasonStatewide
12/14/21 - 01/15/22Crow - Third seasonStatewide
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Dove seasons
2021
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09/1/21 - 11/29/21Mourning doveStatewide
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Grouse seasons
2021
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09/16/21 - 11/30/21Sharp-tailed grouseNorthwest zone
09/18/21 - 01/2/22Ruffed & spruce grouseStatewide
10/14/21 - 11/30/21Sharp-tailed grouseEast-central zone
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Partridge seasons
2021
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09/18/21 - 01/2/22Hungarian partridgeStatewide
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Pheasant seasons
2021
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10/16/21 - 01/2/22Ring-necked pheasantStatewide
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Prairie chicken seasons
2021
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09/25/21 - 10/3/21Greater prairie chickenPrairie chicken quota areas
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Rail & snipe seasons
2021
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09/1/21 - 11/8/21Rail & snipeStatewide
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Wild turkey seasons
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04/14/21 - 05/31/21Spring wild turkey - ArcheryStatewide
04/14/21 - 04/20/21Spring wild turkey - A seasonStatewide
04/14/21 - 05/31/21Spring wild turkey - YouthStatewide
04/21/21 - 04/27/21Spring wild turkey - B seasonStatewide
04/28/21 - 05/4/21Spring wild turkey - C seasonStatewide
05/5/21 - 05/11/21Spring wild turkey - D seasonStatewide
05/12/21 - 05/18/21Spring wild turkey - E seasonStatewide
05/19/21 - 05/31/21Spring wild turkey - F seasonStatewide
10/2/21 - 10/31/21Fall wild turkeyStatewide
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Woodcock seasons
2021
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09/25/21 - 11/8/21WoodcockStatewide
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Waterfowl

Spring light goose
2021
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03/1/21 - 04/30/21Spring light gooseStatewide
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September goose
2021
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09/4/21 - 09/19/21September goose
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Youth hunt
2021
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09/11/21 - 09/12/21Youth Waterfowl Hunt - TentativeStatewide
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