Minnesota Hunting Seasons Dates (Updated)

Welcome to the Minnesota Hunting Seasons page. Updated US Hunting Seasons for 2021-2022.

As part of our comprehensive guide to US Hunting Seasons By State on this page you will find out “When Is Hunting Season for Minnesota?” 

There is also general information on the different hunting seasons for a wide range of wild game species. You will find links to the relevant State Authority so you can make sure you have all the correct legal obligations in place before you start your hunt.

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Minnesota hunting season provides the hunter with many different opportunities. Some of the species which may be hunted include:-

Deer, Elk, Black Bear,Turkey plus a variety of Wild Game Birds and Small Game animals.

IMPORTANT. All care has been taking in preparing this hunting season information for you. Please check the relevant State Authority’s Website for further information and any changes to current US Hunting Season Regulations. We have provided a link to each States hunting season website for your convenience.

Minnesota Deer and Elk Hunting Season

Hunting CategoryHunting Season 2021-2022*
(Deer) FirearmsNov 9-24
 (Deer) MuzzleloaderNov 30-Dec 15
(Deer) BowSept 14-Dec 31
(Deer) Youth HuntOct 17-20
ElkSept 7 – Dec 15
MooseClosed

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

Minnesota Turkey Hunting Season

Hunting CategoryHunting Season 2021-2022*
Spring SeasonApr 15- May 31
Fall SeasonSept 28-Oct 27

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

Minnesota Small Game Hunting Season

Minnesota small game hunting season provides the hunter with plenty of hunting opportunities

Hunting CategoryHunting Season 2021-2022*
Cottontail Rabbits & Snowshoe HareSept 14-Feb 29
SquirrelSept 14-Feb 29
BobcatNov 30-Jan 5
OtterOct 26-Jan 26
BeaverSept 1-May 15
MinkOct 26-Feb 29

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

Minnesota Game Bird Hunting Season

In addition to game bird hunting Minnesota allows hunters to harvest wild rice.

The Minnesota Department Of Natural Resources notes the following:-

“Harvesting wild rice is open to Minnesota residents and nonresidents. All nonresident harvesters are required to be licensed. Residents under 18 do not need a license accompanied by a licensed harvester.”

Hunting CategoryHunting Season 2021-2022*
Ducks (3 different season apply)Sept 21 – Dec 1
Canada Geese (2 Different Season Apply)Sept 21 – Jan 2
PheasantOct 12-Jan 1
Ruffed & Spruce GrouseSept 14-Jan 1
Sandhill CraneSept 14-Oct 20

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

Minnesota Black Bear Hunting Season

The Minnesota Department Of Natural Resources notes the following regarding Black Bears in the state.

“Minnesota’s black bear range has been slowly expanding southward and westward. We are trying to better document this expansion and need your help.

If you see a black bear outside of its primary range (primary range is shown in black on the map), please report the information in the form below.

Hunting CategoryHunting Season 2021-2022*
General SeasonSept 1-Oct 13

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

I hope you have found this State hunting season information helpful in planning your next great hunting adventure. Please feel free to share this page with your hunting buddies. In addition to these US Hunting Seasons by State pages, you may be interested in these posts.