Minnesota Announces Opening Dates for 2007 Seasons

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The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced opening dates for many of the 2007 Minnesota hunting seasons this week. 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

  • Sept. 15 - General small game opener, including grouse gray partridge, rabbits and squirrels
  • Oct. 13 - Pheasant
  • Oct. 20 - Prairie chicken opener
  • April 18 - Spring wild turkey (first season)
  • Oct. 17-21 - Fall wild turkey (first season)
  • Oct. 24-28 - Fall wild turkey (second season)

BIG GAME

  • Sept. 1 - Bear
  • Sept. 15 - Deer - archery
  • Nov. 3 - Deer - firearms
  • Nov. 24 - Deer - muzzleloader
  • Sept. 29 - Moose - northeast zone

FURBEARERS

  • Oct. 20 - Fox, raccoon badger, opossum
  • Oct. 27 (north and south)- Mink, muskrat, beaver, otter
  • Nov. 24 - Fisher, marten, bobcat

MIGRATORY BIRDS

  • Sept. 29 (tentative) - Waterfowl
  • Sept. 1 (tentative) - Early Canada goose
  • Sept. 1 - Mourning doves
  • Sept. 22-23 - Take A Kid Hunting Weekend
  • Sept. 1 - Rails, snipe
  • Sept. 22 (tentative)- Woodcock
  • March 1-31; July 15-Oct. 15 - Crow

The waterfowl season opener will not be finalized until the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service publishes proposed migratory bird hunting frameworks this summer. Additional details on season lengths, quotas and bag limits will be announced this summer, after the 2007 seasons are finalized.