Small game hunting

Small game & furbearer hunt

Hunting information:

Regulations:

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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09/14/19 - 01/01/20

Ruffed & spruce grouse

Statewide

09/14/19 - 02/29/20

Cottontail rabbit & snowshoe hare

Statewide

09/14/19 - 11/30/19

Sharp-tailed grouse

Northwest zone

09/14/19 - 01/01/20

Hungarian partridge

Statewide

09/14/19 - 02/29/20

Squirrel

Statewide

10/12/19 - 01/01/20

Pheasant

Statewide

10/12/19 - 11/30/19

Sharp-tailed grouse

East-central zone

Trapping (see regulations for detailed information):

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10/26/19 - 05/15/20

Beaver

North furbearer zone

10/26/19 - 01/26/20

Otter

North zone

10/26/19 - 02/29/20

Mink

North furbearer zone

10/26/19 - 02/29/20

Muskrat

North furbearer zone

11/02/19 - 05/15/20

Beaver

South furbearer zone

11/02/19 - 01/26/20

Otter

South furbearer zone

11/02/19 - 02/29/20

Mink

South furbearer zone

11/02/19 - 02/29/20

Muskrat

South furbearer zone

12/21/19 - 01/26/20

Bobcat

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

12/21/19 - 12/29/19

Fisher

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

12/21/19 - 12/29/19

Pine Marten

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

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