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

Mink and muskrat trapping

North furbearer zone

12/21/19 - 01/26/20

Bobcat hunting and trapping

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

12/21/19 - 12/29/19

Fisher and pine marten trapping

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