Minnesota Hunting News

Minnesota Deer Hunters Encouraged to Buy License Early

With nearly 500,000 firearms deer hunters in the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is encouraging hunters to purchase their licenses early to avoid long lines and any system issues associated with the high sales volume.

Minnesota’s 2011 firearms deer season begins Saturday, Nov. 5.

Minnesota: CWD Testing Applies to Youth Deer Season; One Zumbrota Test Station Closes

The youth deer season opens throughout southeastern Minnesota Thursday, Oct. 20, and there are mandatory testing requirements for hunters in deer area 602, the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) management zone, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Successful youth hunters in deer area 602 are encouraged to register their deer at the Greenway Cooperative in Pine Island so DNR staff can collect a tissue sample for CWD surveillance.

12 Minnesota State Parks to Close Temporarily This Fall for Deer Hunts

DNR reminds visitors to wear blaze orange when visiting state parks during hunting season.
Numerous special deer hunts are scheduled to take place at Minnesota state parks this fall. Access to the parks will vary around the state during the hunts, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Minnesota Moose Hunters in Zones Impacted by Pagami Creek Fire Offered a Choice

Participants in this fall’s bulls-only moose hunt can choose to have their licenses refunded and reinstated for a future hunt if the Pagami Creek fire in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness has impacted or limited access to the zone in which they are authorized to hunt.

Moose hunting zones affected by this decision are zones 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 61, 62, 63, 64, 77 and 80.

Minnesota Site Validation Coupons Required for Fisher, Pine Marten and River Otter

A new state trapping regulation that went into effect Sept. 1 requires trappers to validate a site coupon for any fisher, pine marten or river otter taken in Minnesota.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says the free coupons are available at license vendors. Trappers will receive one site validation coupon for each animal they could potentially harvest. For example, a trapper who intended to target fisher, pine marten and river otter would receive a total of nine coupons (five fisher/marten and four river otter).

Hunting Barriers Keep Falling; Opportunities Keep Rising in Minnesota

Hunting in Minnesota has never been easier.

Yes, it’s more work than clicking the remote to bring a television to life. But thanks to technology and other changes it’s never been easier to find places to hunt, purchase a license, or introduce someone new to the sport.

Minnesota No Roadkill Permits for Deer in CWD Management Zone

With white-tailed deer becoming more active as fall arrives, increasing the chances of deer-vehicle collisions, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds the public that no roadkill possession permits will be issued in the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) management zone in southeastern Minnesota. Normally, when a driver accidentally kills a deer, a local law enforcement officer can issue a roadkill permit for purposes of salvaging the meat.

Minnesota Hunter Walking Trails Provide Easy Access

Hunter walking trails provide easy access to great grouse hunting areas.

Another great year of ruffed grouse hunting is upon us and it’s time to make plans and hit the woods.

Whether you’re a first-time ruffed grouse hunter, a seasoned veteran or a family planning an active outing, finding places that offer easy access to Minnesota’s most-popular game bird will be your first priority. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) hunter walking trails are excellent places to start.

Minnesota’s Pheasant Index Falls 64 Percent From 2010

A severe winter followed by a wet spring contributed to a significant decline in Minnesota’s pheasant counts. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the pheasant population index declined 64percent from 2010 and is 71 percent below the 10-year average.

Minnesota Itasca State Park Either-sex Muzzleloader Deer Hunt Regulations Changed

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds those interested in hunting deer in Itasca State Park during the muzzleloader season that a special hunt permit is now required and the deadline for applying for this permit is Sept. 8.

In addition to the new special hunt permit requirement, the season dates have changed to:

Nov. 26-27 and Dec. 3-4. The hunt is closed Nov. 28-Dec. 2 and Dec. 5-11.