2006 Hunting Seasons Dates Announced

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Opening dates for many of the 2006 Minnesota hunting seasons were announced this week by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The dates are being announced now for the benefit of those who must establish vacation or hunting plans well in advance. Although these dates are tentative, pending final approval in June, it is unlikely they will change.

SMALL GAME

General small game opener, including grouse gray partridge, rabbits and squirrels, Sept. 16

Pheasant, Oct. 14

Prairie chicken season, Oct. 21-25

Spring wild turkey (first season begins), April 12

Fall wild turkey (first season), Oct. 18-22

Fall wild turkey (second season), Oct. 25-29

BIG GAME

Bear, Sept. 1

Deer - archery, Sept. 16

Deer - firearms, Nov. 4

Deer - muzzleloader, Nov. 25

Moose - northeast zone, Sept. 30

FURBEARERS

Fox, raccoon, badger, opossum, Oct. 21

Mink, muskrat, beaver, otter, Oct. 28

Fisher, marten, bobcat, Nov. 25

MIGRATORY BIRDS

Waterfowl, (to be announced)

Early Canada goose, Sept. 2 (tentative)

Mourning doves, Sept. 1

Take A Kid Hunting Weekend, Sept. 23-24

General duck and goose, (to be announced)

Rails, snipe, Sept. 1

Woodcock, Sept. 23 (tentative)

Crow, March 1-31; July 15-Oct. 15

The waterfowl season opener will not be finalized until the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service publishes proposed migratory bird hunting frameworks this summer.

The DNR will be taking comments on wildlife hunting and trapping seasons during February and March at meetings across the state.

Details and meeting dates will be announced in late January. Additional details on season lengths, quotas and bag limits will be announced this summer, after the 2006 seasons are finalized.