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2017-2018 Minnesota Hunting Seasons

A tradition for many families, hunting is an exciting escape into nature. Your reward of patiently waiting in a tree stand or hunting blind is the satisfaction of taking responsibility for your own food, or finally bagging that trophy buck. Discount Ramps has all the hunting dates for Minnesota, and the necessary hunting equipment to ensure a successful year.

This is a general guide to season dates. Dates are subject to change. For more information, visit the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website.

Small Game: Rabbits, Squirrels

First Day Last Day
Sep. 17, 2016 Feb. 28, 2017
Sep. 16, 2017 Feb. 28, 2018

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

First Day Last Day
Oct. 15, 2016 Mar. 15, 2017
Oct. 14, 2017 Mar. 15, 2018

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

First Day Last Day
Oct. 22, 2016 Mar. 15, 2017
Oct. 21, 2017 Mar. 15, 2018

Furbearer Trapping

Beaver

Zone First Day Last Day
South Oct. 29, 2016 May. 15, 2017
North Oct. 29, 2016 May. 15, 2017
South Oct. 28, 2017 Apr. 30, 2018
North Oct. 28, 2017 Apr. 30, 2018

Mink and Muskrat

Zone First Day Last Day
North Oct. 29, 2016 Feb. 28, 2017
South Oct. 29, 2016 Feb. 28, 2017
North Oct. 28, 2017 Feb. 28, 2018
South Oct. 29, 2017 Feb. 28, 2018

Otter

Zone First Day Last Day
South Oct. 28, 2017 Jan. 7, 2018
North Oct. 28, 2017 Jan. 7, 2018

Goose-Spring Light Goose conservation action

First Day Last Day
Mar. 1, 2017 Apr. 30, 2017

Crow

Season First Day Last Day
2nd Season Mar. 1, 2017 Mar. 31, 2017
3rd Season Sep. 1, 2017 Oct. 31, 2017
4th Season Dec. 14, 2017 Dec. 31, 2017

Turkey

Season First Day Last Day
Spring Turkey "A" (lottery/surplus) Apr. 12, 2017 Apr. 18, 2017
Spring Turkey "B" (lottery/surplus) Apr. 19, 2017 Apr. 25, 2017
Spring Turkey "C" (hunter selected) Apr. 26, 2017 May 2, 2017
Spring Turkey "D" (hunter selected) May 3, 2017 May 9, 2017
Spring Turkey "E" (hunter selected) May 10, 2017 May 16, 2017
Spring Turkey "F" (any unfilled license) May 17, 2017 May 30, 2017
Fall Turkey Sep. 30, 2017 Oct. 29, 2017

Bear

Season First Day Last Day
Bear Baiting Aug. 11, 2017  
Bear Season Sep. 1, 2017 Oct. 15, 2017

Mourning Dove

First Day Last Day
Sep. 1, 2017 Nov. 9, 2017

Snipe and Rail

First Day Last Day
Sep. 1, 2017 Nov. 6, 2017

Canada Goose

Season First Day Last Day
Early Sep. 2, 2017 Sep. 18, 2017

Sandhill Crane

Zone First Day Last Day
NW (tentative) Sep. 15, 2017 Oct. 21, 2017

Deer

Season First Day Last Day
Archery Sep. 16, 2017 Dec. 31, 2017
Camp Ripley Archery Hunt - 1st season Oct. 19, 2017 Oct. 20, 2017
Special Youth Deer Season Oct. 19, 2017 Oct. 22, 2017
Camp Ripley Archery Hunt - 2nd season Oct. 28, 2017 Oct. 29, 2017
Firearm - 100A Nov. 04, 2017 Nov. 19, 2017
Firearm - 200A and 300A Nov. 04, 2017 Nov. 12, 2017
Firearm - 300B Nov. 18, 2017 Nov. 26, 2017
Muzzleloader Nov. 25, 2017 Dec. 10, 2017

Sharptailed Grouse

First Day Last Day
Sep. 16, 2017 Nov. 30, 2017

Ruffed and Spruce Grouse, Hungarian Partridge

First Day Last Day
Sep. 16, 2017 Jan. 1, 2018

Woodcock

First Day Last Day
Sep. 23, 2017 Nov. 6, 2017

Prairie Chicken

First Day Last Day
Sep. 30, 2017 Oct. 8, 2017

Pheasant

First Day Last Day
Oct. 14, 2017 Jan. 1, 2018

Bobcat

Hunting and Trapping North of I-94 and US HWY 10 only

First Day Last Day
Nov. 25, 2017 Jan. 7, 2018

Fisher and Pine Marten

North of I-94 and US HWY 10 only

First Day Last Day
Nov. 25, 2017 Nov. 30, 2017

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