Small game hunting

Small game & furbearer hunt

Hunting information:


Hunting licenses - find license agents, get applications or purchase licenses by phone or the Internet.

Sunrise and sunset data

Seasons (see regulations for detailed information):

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09/14/19 - 02/29/20


Rabbit and squirrel

09/14/19 - 10/20/19


Sandhill crane hunting (northwest goose zone)

09/21/19 - 09/22/19


Take a Kid Hunting Weekend

10/26/19 - 02/28/20

North furbearer zone

Mink and muskrat trapping

11/30/19 - 01/05/20

North of I-94 and U.S. Highway 10

Bobcat hunting and trapping

11/30/19 - 12/05/19

North of I-94 and U.S. Highway 10

Fisher and pine marten trapping

Small game & furbearer information

Mandatory trapper education
Persons born after Dec. 31, 1989 who have not been issued a trapping license in a previous year may not obtain a trapping license without a trapper education certificate. the Minnesota Trappers Association conducts free trapper education courses statewide and issues certificates that satisfy this requirement. More information about trappers education courses is online at the Minnesota Trappers Association website.

Reports and surveys

See the DNR reports and survey page for newer issues.

Maps and statistics