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.


Comment on wolf plan update

a wolf You can share your thoughts online as the DNR updates the state's wolf management plan.

Learn about wolves in webinars

a wolf in snow Anyone can learn more about wolves in Minnesota during International Wolf Center webinars.

Pheasant hunting looks good this year

a pheasant Pheasant hunters are getting moving out into the fields, and the DNR's annual roadside pheasant survey showed an increase this year.

Deer hunters: log your observations

young bucks sparring as seen from a trail camera An online questionnaire will make it easier for Minnesota deer hunters to report wildlife they see during their hunts this year.

Hunter walking trails provide access

a hunter walking trail The DNR maintains hunter walking trails as easy ways to travel by foot and hunt.

DNR tests for industrial chemicals in deer

a doe The DNR will test liver and muscle samples from deer for PFAS.

Small game survey results available

a ruffed grouse The annual survey estimates hunter numbers and harvest for two dozen species.

Early antlerless season expands

Antlerless deer on a trail camera The DNR has expanded the early antlerless deer season, Oct. 15-18, to include more deer permit areas.

Mandatory carcass movement restrictions

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

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.

CWD sampling changes this year

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

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.

Hunting regulations available

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