Legendary Hunting in Minnesota Northwoods

Hunting at Minnesota Northwoods

Finding a great public land to hunt can often be a challenge. Luckily, the search is not nearly as difficult as it is in other states for Minnesota hunters. Minnesota boasts well-managed state forests, national forests, state wildlife management areas (WMA), and federal waterfowl production areas (WPAs), all abundant with wildlife.

From waterfowl to big game or small game hunting, Minnesota Northwoods and Chippewa National Forest provide plenty of opportunity to hunt. This area has multiple hunting trails for game birds such as ruffed grouse, ducks, pheasants and turkeys. The open season for game birds mostly begin in mid-September and continues through the end of the year. Whitetail deer open season starts in mid-September for archery and early-November for firearms.

Load up the dogs, your blaze orange and shotgun, and head out for a walk (or ATV ride) through the Minnesota Northwoods. You never know what you’ll scare up in the fall. The trails surrounding our resorts are a hunter’s paradise, thick with ruffed grouse, whitetail deer, waterfowl and more. You just have to know where to look! If you’re lucky, dinner will come to you.

  • Hunting at Minnesota Northwoods
  • Hunting at Minnesota Northwoods
  • Hunting at Minnesota Northwoods
  • Hunting at Minnesota Northwoods

General Hunting Guide for the Minnesota Northwoods Area


Hunting Seasons

Dates Season
09/01/16 - 10/16/16 Bear season
09/03/16 - 09/22/16 Early Canada Goose season
09/08/16 Antlerless Deer and Special Hunt Lottery Deadline
09/10/16 Youth Waterfowl Day-Tentative
09/17/16 - 12/31/16 Deer Hunt - Archery season
09/17/16 - 01/01/17 Ruffed and Spruce Grouse, Hungarian Partridge season
09/17/16 - 11/30/16 Sharptailed Grouse season
09/17/16 - 02/28/17 Small Game - Rabbits, Squirrels season
09/24/16 Waterfowl season opener-Tentative
10/01/16 - 10/30/16 Fall Turkey season
10/15/16 - 01/01/17 Pheasant season
10/20/16 - 10/23/16 Deer Hunt - Special Youth Deer season
10/20/16 - 10/21/16 Deer Hunt - Camp Ripley Archery Hunt - 1st season
10/29/16 - 10/30/16 Deer Hunt - Camp Ripley Archery Hunt - 2nd season
11/05/16 - 11/20/16 Deer Hunt - Firearm season - 1A
11/05/16 - 11/13/16 Deer Hunt - Firearm season - 2A and 3A
11/19/16 - 11/27/16 Deer Hunt - Firearm season - 3B
11/26/16 - 12/11/16 Deer Hunt - Muzzleloader season

Hunter Walking Trails

Minnesota Northwoods offers multiple trails for grouse hunting. Use this interactive map to locate hunter walking trails around the resorts. Zoom in and out, or click and drag to view more. Simply click on the brown trails to open the aerial view of the selected trail.


Minnesota Hunting License Info

In Minnesota, there are a variety of license options for both fishing and hunting. The information below comes from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to provide an overview of those options.

DNR hunting regulations

Hunting licenses are valid from March 1 through February 28 of the following year. Please see regulations handbook for exact dates/times for specific licenses.

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