Wildlife rules

What is this rule about?

This rule covers topics of interest to hunters, wildlife watchers and landowners including small game hunting, big game hunting and regulations about public hunting land.  

What will this rulemaking will do?

Most of the changes have been in place for at least one hunting season as temporary rules. This rulemaking will make those temporary rules permanent.

Proposed rule changes that have not yet been in effect include:

  • Increasing the possession limit for several species of small game, including ruffed grouse, to three times the daily limit.
  • A proposal that ties eligibility for future bear hunting licenses to previous rules that require successful hunters to submit a bear tooth sample by mail.

Who might be affected by these rule changes?

  • Hunters who use certain wildlife management areas and game refuges
  • Youth who hunt deer
  • Bear guides who place bait for clients
  • People who hunt for small game
  • People who hunt with falcons
  • People who hunt for prairie chickens
  • People who hunt for ducks or geese
  • People who hunt crows

What is the current status?

As of January 2018, the DNR is revising and updating a previously prepared package of proposed rules and associated rulemaking documents. Those are undergoing internal review and approval. The documents will be posted on this page as soon as they are available.

Rulemaking documents:

  • Proposed rules  
  • Notice of Intent to Adopt Expedited Permanent Rules

If you want a free copy of the proposed rules, call or email the DNR contact person listed below.

How can I sign up for rulemaking notices?

To receive DNR rulemaking notices on all topics, subscribe to the DNR Rules Notification List.

DNR contact for these wildlife rules:

Jason Abraham
Division of Fish and Wildlife
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN
(651) 259-5197

[email protected]