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.
|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 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.