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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Upcoming CWD deer hunts in January

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a fatal neurological disease that affects cervids, including white-tailed deer. These hunts are an important tool in disease management, helping limit disease spread and showing where disease is more prevalent through testing of harvested deer. Forestville/Mystery Cave, Nerstrand and Great River Bluffs state parks and the Minnesota Valley State Recreation Area are all holding CWD hunts the first weekend in January. Use the grid on this page to get hunt dates and maps.

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!

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.

 

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 ParkAccessType of huntDatesClassMap
AftonCLOSEDYouth11/7 to 11/8Firearmsyouth hunt map
BanningLIMITEDYouth10/31 to 11/1Firearmsyouth hunt map
Beaver Creek ValleyCLOSEDSpecial permit11/7 to 11/8Firearmshunt map
Blue MoundsCLOSEDYouth
Special permit
11/21 to 11/22
11/21 to 11/22
Firearms
Firearms
youth hunt map
Buffalo RiverLIMITEDYouth11/7 to 11/8Firearmsyouth hunt map
CamdenCLOSEDYouth
Special permit
10/24 to 10/25
10/24 to 10/25
Firearms
Firearms
hunt map
Cascade RiverLIMITEDSpecial permit11/7 to 11/22Firearmshunt map
Crow WingCLOSEDSpecial permit12/5 to 12/9Muzzleloaderhunt map
Cuyuna CountryCLOSED 11/6 to 11/23Firearmspark map
Forestville/Mystery CaveLIMITEDSpecial permit
CWD
CWD

11/7 to 11/8
12/26 to 12/27
1/2 to 1/3

Firearms
Firearms
Firearms
hunt map
cwd hunt map
 
Franz JevneLIMITEDSpecial permit11/7 to 11/22Firearmshunt map
FrontenacCLOSEDSpecial permit11/21 to 11/22Firearmshunt map
Glacial LakesLIMITEDSpecial permit11/12 to 11/15Firearmshunt map
Gooseberry FallsLIMITEDSpecial permit11/7 to 11/22Firearmshunt map
Great River BluffsCLOSEDSpecial permit
CWD
CWD
11/21 to 11/22
12/26 to 12/27
1/2 to 1/3
Firearms
Firearms
Firearms
hunt map
Hayes LakeLIMITEDSpecial permit11/7 to 11/22Firearmshunt map
ItascaLIMITED

LIMITED
LIMITED
Youth
Adult mentored
Special permit
Special permit
10/10 to 10/11
10/10 to 10/11
11/7 to 11/15
11/28 to 12/13
Firearms
Firearms
Firearms
Muzzleloader

youth & mentored hunt map

hunt map

Jay CookeLIMITEDSpecial permit12/5 to 12/9Muzzleloaderhunt map
Judge C.R. MagneyLIMITEDSpecial permit11/7 to 11/22Firearmshunt map
Kilen WoodsCLOSED
 
Youth
Special permit
10/24 to 10/25
10/24 to 10/25
Firearms
Firearms
park map
Lake BemidjiLIMITED
LIMITED
LIMITED
Youth
Special permit
Special permit
10/16 to 10/18
11/7 to 11/10
12/4 to 12/6
Firearms
Firearms
Muzzleloader
youth hunt map
hunt map
 
Lake BronsonLIMITED
LIMITED
Youth
Special permit
10/24 to 10/25
11/7 to 11/15
Firearms
Firearms
hunt map
Lake CarlosLIMITEDSpecial permit11/7 to 11/10Firearmshunt map
Lake LouiseCLOSED Special permit11/14 to 11/15Firearmshunt map
Lake MariaCLOSEDSpecial permit12/8 to 12/10Muzzleloaderhunt map
Lake ShetekCLOSEDYouth
Special permit
11/21 to 11/22
11/21 to 11/22
Firearms
Firearms
park map
Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground MineLIMITEDSpecial permit
Special permit
11/28 to 12/13
11/28 to 12/31
Muzzleloader
Archery
hunt map
MaplewoodLIMITEDSpecial permit11/7 to 11/10Firearmspark map
McCarthy BeachLIMITED

LIMITED
Special permit
Special permit
Special permit
10/23 to 10/24
10/23 to 10/24
11/28 to 12/6
Firearms
Archery
Muzzleloader
hunt map
MinneopaLIMITEDYouth11/21 to 11/22Firearmsyouth hunt map
Minnesota ValleyLIMITEDCWD
CWD
12/26 to 12/27
1/2 to 1/3
Firearms
Firearms
hunt map
Myre-Big IslandLIMITEDSpecial permit12/5 to 12/6Muzzleloaderhunt map
Nerstrand Big WoodsCLOSEDSpecial permit
CWD
CWD
12/5 to 12/6
12/26 to 12/27
1/2 to 1/3
Muzzleloader
Firearms
Firearms
hunt map
Old MillLIMITEDSpecial permit11/7 to 11/10Firearmshunt map
Rice LakeLIMITEDSpecial permit12/5 to 12/6Muzzleloaderhunt map
St. CroixCLOSED
CLOSED
CLOSED
Youth
Special permit
Special permit
10/31 to 11/1
11/19 to 11/22
12/2 to 12/6
Firearms
Firearms
Muzzleloader
hunt map
Sakatah LakeLIMITEDSpecial permit12/5 to 12/6Muzzleloaderhunt map
Savanna PortageLIMITED
LIMITED
Youth
Special permit
10/24 to 10/25
11/28 to 12/4
Firearms
Muzzleloader
hunt map
ScenicLIMITEDSpecial permit11/7 to 11/22Firearmshunt map
SchoolcraftLIMITED
LIMITED
Special permit
Special permit
11/7 to 11/22
11/28 to 12/13
Firearms
Muzzleloader
hunt map
SibleyLIMITED
CLOSED
Youth
Special permit
10/31 to 11/1
11/28 to 11/29
Firearms
Muzzleloader
youth hunt map
hunt map
Split Rock LighthouseLIMITEDSpecial permit11/7 to 11/22Firearmshunt map
TettegoucheLIMITEDSpecial permit11/7 to 11/22Firearmshunt map
WhitewaterCLOSEDSpecial permit11/21 to 11/22Firearmshunt map
Wild RiverCLOSEDSpecial permit11/7 to 11/8Firearmshunt map
William O'BrienCLOSEDSpecial permit11/14 to 11/15Firearmshunt map
Zippel BayLIMITED
LIMITED
Youth
Special permit
10/17 to 10/18
11/7 to 11/22
Firearms
Firearms
hunt map