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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09/19/20 - 01/03/21Ruffed & spruce grouseStatewide
09/19/20 - 11/30/20Sharp-tailed grouseNorthwest zone
09/19/20 - 02/28/21Squirrel Statewide
09/26/20 - 10/04/20Prairie chickenPrairie chicken quota areas
10/10/20 - 01/03/21PheasantStatewide
10/10/20 - 11/30/20Sharp-tailed grouseEast-central zone
10/17/20 - 03/15/21Raccoon, red fox, gray fox, badger, opossum hunting and trappingNorth furbearer zone
10/24/20 - 03/15/21Raccoon, red fox, gray fox, badger, opossum hunting and trappingSouth furbearer zone

Trapping (see regulations for detailed information):

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10/24/20 - 05/15/21BeaverNorth furbearer zone
10/24/20 - 01/24/21OtterNorth furbearer zone
10/24/20 - 02/28/21MinkNorth furbearer zone
10/31/20 - 05/15/21BeaverSouth furbearer zone
10/31/20 - 01/24/21OtterSouth furbearer zone
10/31/20 - 02/28/21MinkSouth furbearer zone
12/19/20 - 01/24/21BobcatNorth of I-94 and U.S. Highway 10
12/19/20 - 12/27/20FisherNorth of I-94 and U.S. Highway 10
12/19/20 - 12/27/20Pine MartenNorth 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