Minnesota wildlife

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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.


Apply for deer lottery by Sept. 5

An adult and youth in blaze orange walk next to each other on a hunt. Firearms and muzzleloader hunters who want to harvest antlerless deer in a lottery permit area must purchase their license by Thursday, Sept. 5.

Youth Waterfowl Hunt: two days

Two youth and an adult mentor hunt during the youth waterfowl hunt Youth 17 and younger can waterfowl hunt Saturday, September 7, to Sunday, September 8, during the Youth Waterfowl Hunt, with an adult who is not hunting.

Find hunting season dates online

Hunting dogs near Canada goose decoys on a hunt. On Sunday, Sept. 1, hunting begins for mourning doves, crows, snipe, sora, Virginia rail, crows, Canada geese and bears. But that's only the beginning of the 2019 hunting season.

Walk-In Access lands open Sept. 1

DNR staff place a Walk-In Access sign. Beginning Sunday, Sept. 1, hunters can access nearly 30,000 acres of private land across 47 counties throughout western and south central Minnesota.

Give input on plan for Mille Lacs WMA

Prescribed burning on the Mille Lacs WMA for habitat management. The DNR is seeking public input before Monday, September 16, as it revises plans for the Mille Lacs Wildlife Management Area (WMA), a popular destination for hunters.

Surplus permits for Ripley hunts

A hunter with his harvested buck at Camp Ripley Hunters who missed the lottery deadline for the Camp Ripley archery hunt can purchase surplus permits on a first-come first-served basis beginning noon on Friday, August 30.

Please pass on tagged, collared bears

a collared bear with ear tags Bear hunting begins Sunday, Sept. 1, and the DNR asks that hunters avoid shooting research bears that are marked with distinctively large, colorful ear tags and have radio collars.

DNR outlines CWD management

DNR staff take a lymph node sample at a CWD check station. Minnesota's three-pronged approach to managing chronic wasting disease aims to limit potential disease spread and keep Minnesota's wild deer population healthy.

Feeding and attractant bans expand

An antlerless deer Prohibition of deer feeding and using deer attractants expanded September 1 in central and southeasern Minnesota where chronic wasting disease was detected.

Dumpsters to help stop CWD spread

Young bucks sparring in a photo taken from a trail camera in Minnesota. To help hunters comply with carcass movement restrictions in southeastern and north central Minnesota, the DNR will provide dumpsters for proper disposal of remains.

Grouse hunters can collect samples

A ruffed grouse on a log The DNR is asking ruffed grouse hunters in northern Minnesota to voluntarily submit samples for a West Nile virus research project.

How DNR manages wild rice lakes

Wild rice Wild rice harvesters are preparing to scout and harvest rice this year, and wildlife managers around the state are seeing highly variable rice conditions.

New Pelican Lake access to open

Pelican Lake from the shore A new Pelican Lake public water access is expected to be open in time for hunting season in the Pelican Lake Wildlife Management Area.

Southeast deer hunter survey results

Deer in a field in southeast Minnesota A survey of southeast Minnesota deer hunters helped inform the DNR before setting this year's regulations.