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Hunting and Fishing Season Openers

Hunting and fishing openers are a Minnesota sporting tradition and the Minnesota DNR wants you to be ready to go. Please refer to the hunting or fishing page for more specific information about seasons and openers.


Hunting & Fishing season dates and deadlines

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10/29/16 - 05/15/17

 

Furbearer Trapping - Beaver - south zone

10/29/16 - 05/15/17

 

Furbearer Trapping - Beaver - north zone

03/01/17 - 04/30/17

 

Goose-Spring Light Goose conservation action

04/01/17 - 11/30/17

 

Flathead Catfish - 2017 Season

04/15/17 - 10/01/17

 

Stream Trout in streams, except SE - 2017 season

04/15/17 - 09/14/17

 

Stream Trout in streams SE - 2017 season. Dodge, Goodhue, Fillmore, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Wabasha and Winona counties only.

04/26/17 - 05/02/17

 

Spring Turkey "C" season (hunter selected)

05/03/17 - 05/09/17

 

Spring Turkey "D" season (hunter selected)

05/10/17 - 05/16/17

 

Spring Turkey "E" season (hunter selected)

05/13/17 - 02/25/18

 

Walleye, sauger, northern pike - 2017 season

05/13/17 - 02/25/18

 

Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass - 2017 season -North and East of U.S. Hwy 53 from Duluth to International Falls and Pelican and Ash lakes in St. Louis County

05/13/17 - 05/26/17

 

Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass - 2017 early Catch and Release season Only -South and West of U.S. Hwy 53 from Duluth to International Falls except Pelican and Ash lakes in St. Louis County

05/13/17 - 10/01/17

 

Lake Trout (summer) - 2017 season

05/17/17 - 05/31/17

 

Spring Turkey "F" season (any unfilled license)

05/27/17 - 02/25/18

 

Largemouth Bass - 2017 season -South and West of US Hwy 53 from Duluth to International Falls except Pelican and Ash Lakes in St. Louis County

05/27/17 - 09/10/17

 

Smallmouth Bass - 2017 Season -South and West of U.S. Hwy 53 from Duluth to International Falls except Pelican and Ash lakes in St. Louis County

06/03/17 - 12/01/17

 

Muskellunge (Muskie) - 2017 season

08/11/17

 

Bear Baiting start date

09/01/17 - 10/31/17

 

Crow Hunting (3rd season)

09/01/17 - 11/09/17

 

Mourning Dove season

09/01/17 - 10/15/17

 

Bear season

09/01/17 - 11/06/17

 

Snipe and Rail Hunting season

09/02/17 - 09/18/17

 

Early Canada Goose season

09/09/17

 

Youth Waterfowl Day - Tentative

09/11/17 - 02/25/18

 

Smallmouth Bass - 2017 Catch and Release season only - South and West of U.S. Hwy 53 from Duluth to International Falls except Pelican and Ash lakes in St. Louis County

09/15/17 - 10/21/17

 

Sandhill Crane season-NW zone-Tentative

09/15/17 - 10/15/17

 

Stream Trout (Fall) SE - 2017 season Catch and Release season only

09/16/17 - 02/28/18

 

Small Game - Rabbits, Squirrels season

09/16/17 - 12/31/17

 

Deer Hunt - Archery season

09/16/17 - 11/30/17

 

Sharptailed Grouse season

09/16/17 - 01/01/18

 

Ruffed and Spruce Grouse, Hungarian Partridge season

09/23/17

 

Waterfowl season opener - Tentative

09/23/17 - 09/24/17

 

Take-a-Kid Hunting weekend

09/23/17 - 11/06/17

 

Woodcock season

09/30/17 - 10/29/17

 

Fall Turkey season

09/30/17 - 10/08/17

 

Prairie Chicken season

10/14/17 - 03/15/18

 

Raccoon, Red Fox, Gray Fox, Badger, Opossum (North) Hunting & Trapping

10/14/17 - 01/01/18

 

Pheasant season

10/19/17 - 10/20/17

 

Deer Hunt - Camp Ripley Archery Hunt - 1st season

10/19/17 - 10/22/17

 

Deer Hunt - Special Youth Deer season

10/21/17 - 03/15/18

 

Raccoon, Red Fox, Gray Fox, Badger, Opossum (South) Hunting & Trapping

10/28/17 - 01/07/18

 

Furbearer Trapping - Otter - South zone

10/28/17 - 05/15/18

 

Furbearer Trapping - Beaver - North zone

10/28/17 - 05/15/18

 

Furbearer Trapping - Beaver - South zone

10/28/17 - 01/07/18

 

Furbearer Trapping - Otter - North zone

10/28/17 - 02/28/18

 

Furbearer Trapping - Mink and Muskrat - North zone

10/28/17 - 02/28/18

 

Furbearer Trapping - Mink and Muskrat - South zone

10/28/17 - 10/29/17

 

Deer Hunt - Camp Ripley Archery Hunt - 2nd season

11/04/17 - 11/19/17

 

Deer Hunt - Firearm season - 100A

11/04/17 - 11/12/17

 

Deer Hunt - Firearm season - 200A and 300A

11/18/17 - 11/26/17

 

Deer Hunt - Firearm season - 300B

11/25/17 - 01/07/18

 

Bobcat - Hunting & Trapping-north of I-94 and US Hwy 10 only

11/25/17 - 11/30/17

 

Fisher and Pine Marten-north of I-94 and US Hwy 10 only

11/25/17 - 12/10/17

 

Deer Hunt - Muzzleloader season

12/14/17 - 12/31/17

 

Crow Hunting (4th season)

12/30/17 - 04/01/18

 

Lake and Stream Trout - Winter (entirely within the BWCA)-2018 season

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