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.


The DNR is inviting people to share their thoughts at deer open-house meetings.

Bring your deer-related questions

Local wildlife managers across the state are again inviting anyone interested in deer to open-house meetings to ask deer-related questions and offer thoughts on deer issues, including about hunting regulation changes that will be released in early August.

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A spruce grouse

Keeping an eye on spruce grouse

Minnesota researchers are into their second year of monitoring spruce grouse, a bird species that is notoriously difficult to count, through an annual spruce grouse survey that involves participation from dozens of cooperators and citizen volunteers.

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A group of hunters and mentors

Women can sign up for archery hunting series

Women who have archery experience and want to try archery deer hunting can sign up for a three-part series offered this fall through the DNR Becoming an Outdoors Woman program.

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An archery hunter during a hunt

Bowhunter deer survey results available

Results are posted from the 2018 bowhunter survey, which gives the DNR a better look at deer populations in Minnesota.

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A deer on someone's trail camera

Deer harvest reports available

Ever wonder how many deer Minnesota hunters harvested last season? In 2018, hunters registered nearly 189,000 deer, a total that includes firearms, archery and muzzleloader hunting seasons.

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A buck

Apply for Ripley bow hunt by Aug. 16

If you're planning to participate in the regular archery deer hunt at Camp Ripley near Little Falls, here's a reminder that the deadline to apply is Friday, Aug. 16.

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A male prairie chicken

Apply to hunt prairie chickens

Hunters can apply through Friday, Aug. 16, to be chosen for one of 125 permits for the 9-day Minnesota prairie chicken hunting season that begins Saturday, Sept. 28.

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The 2019 Minnesota pheasant stamp

DNR seeks designs for turkey and pheasant stamps

Wildlife artists can submit entries for two wildlife habitat stamp contests that will decide the artwork to be featured on the 2020 pheasant stamp and the 2021 wild turkey stamp.

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An antlerless deer

Deer season regulations available

Hunters can start planning ahead for significant changes to deer season regulations including a youth deer season that's expanded statewide, updates related to managing chronic wasting disease, and expanded deer feeding and attractant bans.

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a gray wolf

DNR wolf comments posted

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a rule in March 2019 that considers the delisting of gray wolves as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act in the contiguous United States.

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