Hunts in Minnesota state parks

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

For additional information, 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
AftonCLOSED11/6 to 11/7Firearmshunt map
BanningLIMITED10/30 to 10/31Firearmshunt map
Beaver Creek ValleyCLOSED11/6 to 11/7Firearmshunt map
Blue MoundsCLOSED11/20 to 11/21Firearmshunt map
Buffalo RiverLIMITED10/30 to 10/31Firearmshunt map
CamdenCLOSED10/30 to 10/31Firearmshunt map
Cascade RiverLIMITED11/6 to 11/21Firearmshunt map
Crow WingLIMITED12/4 to 12/8Muzzleloaderhunt map
Forestville/Mystery CaveLIMITED
LIMITED
11/6 to 11/7
12/17 to 12/19
Firearms
Firearms
hunt map
cwd hunt map
Franz JevneLIMITED11/6 to 11/21Firearmshunt map
FrontenacCLOSED11/20 to 11/21Firearmshunt map
Glacial LakesLIMITED11/11 to 11/14Firearmshunt map
Gooseberry FallsLIMITED11/6 to 11/21Firearmshunt map
Great River BluffsCLOSED
LIMITED
11/20 to 11/21
12/17 to 12/19
Firearms
Firearms
hunt map
Greenleaf LakeLIMITED9/13 to 12/31Archeryhunt map
Hayes LakeLIMITED11/6 to 11/21Firearmshunt map
ItascaLIMITED
LIMITED
LIMITED
10/9 to 10/10
11/6 to 11/14
11/27 to 12/12
Firearms
Firearms
Muzzleloader
hunt map

hunt map
Jay CookeLIMITED12/4 to 12/8Muzzleloaderhunt map
Judge C.R. MagneyLIMITED11/6 to 11/21Firearmshunt map
Kilen WoodsCLOSED10/30 to 10/31Firearmspark map
Lake BemidjiLIMITED
LIMITED
LIMITED
10/15 to 10/17
11/6 to 11/9
12/3 to 12/5
Firearms
Firearms
Muzzleloader

hunt map
hunt map

 
Lake BronsonLIMITED
LIMITED
10/23 to 10/24
11/6 to 11/14
Firearms
Firearms
hunt map
Lake CarlosLIMITED11/6 to 11/9Firearmshunt map
Lake LouiseLIMITED11/13 to 11/14Firearmshunt map
Lake ShetekCLOSED11/20 to 11/21Firearmspark map
Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground MineLIMITED
LIMITED
11/27 to 12/12
11/27 to 12/31
Muzzleloader
Archery
hunt map
MaplewoodLIMITED11/6 to 11/9Firearmspark map
McCarthy BeachLIMITED
LIMITED
10/29 to 10/30
11/27 to 12/12
Firearms
Muzzleloader
hunt map
Mille Lacs KathioCLOSED11/6 to 11/8Firearmshunt map
MinneopaLIMITED11/20 to 11/21Firearmshunt map
Minnesota ValleyLIMITED
CLOSED
9/18 to 12/31
11/13 to 11/14
Archery
Firearms
hunt map
hunt map
Myre-Big IslandLIMITED12/4 to 12/5Muzzleloaderhunt map
Nerstrand Big WoodsCLOSED
CLOSED
CLOSED
12/4 to 12/5
12/17 to 12/19
12/31 to 1/2
Muzzleloader
Firearms
Firearms
hunt map
Old MillLIMITED11/6 to 11/9Firearmshunt map
Rice LakeCLOSED12/4 to 12/5Muzzleloaderhunt map
St. CroixCLOSED
CLOSED
CLOSED
10/30 to 10/31
11/18 to 11/21
12/1 to 12/5
Firearms
Firearms
Muzzleloader
hunt map
hunt map
Sakatah LakeLIMITED12/4 to 12/5Muzzleloaderhunt map
Savanna PortageLIMITED
LIMITED
10/23 to 10/24
11/27 to 12/5
Firearms
Muzzleloader
hunt map
ScenicLIMITED11/6 to 11/21Firearmshunt map
SchoolcraftLIMITED
LIMITED
11/6 to 11/21
11/27 to 12/12
Firearms
Muzzleloader
hunt map
SibleyCLOSED
CLOSED
10/30 to 10/31
11/27 to 11/28
Firearms
Muzzleloader
hunt map
hunt map
Split Rock LighthouseLIMITED11/6 to 11/21Firearmshunt map
TettegoucheLIMITED11/6 to 11/21Firearmshunt map
WhitewaterCLOSED11/20 to 11/21Firearmshunt map
William O'BrienCLOSED11/13 to 11/14Firearmshunt map
Zippel BayLIMITED
LIMITED
10/16 to 10/17
11/6 to 11/21
Firearms
Firearms
hunt map