Small game hunting

Dates and information on this page apply to the 2020 season. Details for 2021 are expected to be available by Aug. 2.

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

Hunting (see regulations for detailed information):

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09/16/21 - 11/30/21Sharp-tailed grouseNorthwest zone
09/18/21 - 01/02/22Ruffed & spruce grouseStatewide
09/18/21 - 02/28/22Cottontail rabbit & snowshoe hareStatewide
09/18/21 - 01/02/22Hungarian partridgeStatewide
09/25/21 - 10/03/21Greater prairie chickenPrairie chicken quota areas
10/14/21 - 11/30/21Sharp-tailed grouseEast-central zone
10/16/21 - 01/02/22Ring-necked pheasantStatewide

Trapping (see regulations for detailed information):

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10/24/20 - 05/15/21BeaverNorth furbearer zone
10/31/20 - 05/15/21BeaverSouth furbearer zone

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