Minnesota wildlife

Banding birds on an island

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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.


A bull elk browsing in northwestern Minnesota.

Elk hunting applications open

Additional anterless permits and a new December season will give elk hunters increased opportunities to harvest elk this fall and winter in northwestern Minnesota.

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A fawn lies partially hidden by a fallen log.

Leave fawns alone this spring

Fawns are born mid-May through early June and people should leave fawns be if they encounter them in the wild.

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A male ring-necked pheasant struts in a field.

Ideas sought for ducks, pheasants

Thoughts and ideas on what should be considered in updated management plans for duck and pheasant are welcome through Friday, May 31.

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A black bear roaming through the woods.

Bear hunting license results available

People who applied for a bear license in a permit area where harvest is limited can check to see if they were chosen beginning Monday, May 20.

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