Hunts in Minnesota state parks

Know before you go, and see which parks have special hunts this season.

Note: Some parks may have additional hunts, or hold hunts for animals other than deer. To be absolutely certain, please call the park office before you head out!

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Many Minnesota state parks hold managed hunts as a way to help control the deer population in the parks. Our goal is to ensure healthy natural communities. When too many deer are in one area, the native plants and animals are negatively affected.

Access to the parks varies around the state during these hunts. Some state parks remain open to all visitors, some have limited public access, and some are open only to hunters with special permits. 

This site provides information to non-hunters during the hunt season. If you are a hunter, you'll find more information here.

Safety tips for those who will be visiting a state park during a hunt:

  1. Wear blaze orange or other brightly colored clothing, even if you will not be hunting.
  2. Check with the park office when you arrive, to see if there is any additional hunt-related information.
  3. Watch carefully for any hunt-related signage in the park, and follow it!

Don't get lost - use a geoPDF map!
Most of the state parks special hunt maps are now readable by the Avenza Maps location app (available on Google Play and the App Store) and are available for use offline. No cell service is needed!

 

CLOSED

The park is closed to the public and open only to hunters with a valid permit during a particular hunt.

LIMITED

The park is open both to visitors and to hunters OR a portion of the park is open to the public and closed to hunting while another part is open to hunters only.

 

 
State ParkAccessDatesTypeMap
Beaver Creek ValleyCLOSED

12/31 to 1/2

Firearmshunt map
Forestville/Mystery CaveLIMITED
LIMITED
12/17 to 12/19
12/31 to 1/2
Firearms
Firearms
hunt map
cwd hunt map
Great River BluffsLIMITED
LIMITED
12/17 to 12/19
12/31 to 1/2
Firearms
Firearms
hunt map
Greenleaf LakeLIMITED9/13 to 12/31Archeryhunt map
Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground MineLIMITED11/27 to 12/31Archeryhunt map
Minnesota ValleyLIMITED9/18 to 12/31Archeryhunt map
Temperance RiverLIMITED9/18 to 12/31Archeryhunt map