Minnesota wildlife

Banding birds on an island

At work for you

Helping you discover, explore, hunt and enjoy Minnesota's diverse wildlife and the forests, prairies, woods and wetlands on 11 million acres of public land. Contact your local area wildlife office for help and information.


CWD sampling changes this year

A self-service CWD sampling station Voluntary CWD sampling and self-service stations among changes this year.

Mandatory carcass movement restrictions

Vacuum packed venison Hunters in CWD management and control zones need to follow these restrictions.

Virtual public meeting about CWD

Map showing CWD sampling areas for 2020 South metro CWD information meeting is Sept. 15.

Deer lottery deadline is Sept. 10

Deer camp photo of a group of hunters holding a harvdested antlerless deer. Hunters in lottery deer areas who want to harvest antlerless deer: know this deadline.

Take precautions to keep bears away

a black bear eating out of a hanging bird feeder Please keep trash and birdseed away from bears.

Please don’t shoot research bears

A research bear with tags in its ears and a collar There are about 20 valuable research bears in Minnesota marked with ear tags and collars.

Ruffed grouse counts steady

a ruffed grouse Minnesota’s ruffed grouse spring population counts are similar to last year.

Grouse sampling results in

a ruffed grouse in the branches of an aspen tree West Nile virus test results are similar to last year.

Tips on wild rice season

wild rice in a body of water Harvesters: Know the regulations before you go.

Prairie chicken report available

praire chicken Prairie chicken populations are stable but low.

Grants help improve habitat

habitat photo of grassland with a shallow lake Organization that do conservation work can apply.

Hunting regulations available

Cover of the 2020 hunting and trapping regulations book Hunters, you're all set to plan ahead for the fall!

Youth deer season continues

A youth poses with a buck he harvested during the youth deer season The popular youth deer hunting season is again statewide.

Early antlerless season expands

Shrink wrapped venison The DNR has expanded the early antlerless deer season, Oct. 15-18, to include more deer permit areas.

Check your permit area boundary

A clip out of the 2020 deer map Several deer permit area boundaries in north-central and northwestern Minnesota have changed.

Current attitudes about wolves

A wolf in the snow A study details the attitudes of Minnesota residents, livestock producers and deer hunters toward wolves and wolf management.

Deer feeding ban areas change

A map of the feeding ban areas Feeding restrictions are in place in certain areas. These updates took effect July 1.