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Minnesota Hunting

Hunting in Minnesota is a popular past time. The Brainerd Lakes area includes many hunting opportunities with a wide variety of game and areas to hunt them. Brainerd is famous as the prime Minnesota Vacation and Resort location and offers many recreation and lodging options for hunters. Hunting guides are also available for almost any type of hunting you enjoy.

Hunting deer in Minnesota--more specifically, whitetail deer--is one of the most popular types of wild game hunted in the state. The whitetail deer population in the Brainerd Lakes area is healthy. Archery, firearm, and muzzleloader seasons are all available and each offers a different hunting experience.

Brainerd MN Deer Areas

The 2017 Deer Area Management Designations for Brainerd MN Deer Areas include Managed Deer Areas and Hunter Choice Deer Areas.

Hunter Choice Deer Areas: 171, 172, 246, 247, 249
Managed Areas: 242, 248
Intensive Areas: 214

Hunter Choice Deer Areas (up to 1 deer): There is no drawing for permits.

Managed Deer Areas (up to 2 deer): There is no drawing for permits.

Intensive Deer Areas (up to 3 deer): There is no drawing for permits.

Deer Hunting Areas in the Brainerd Lakes Area
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Please contact MN DNR for additional information about Minnesota Deer Areas, Hunter alerts, hunting regulations and updates.

Other popular MN hunts include other big game, such as moose hunting and elk hunting, wolf hunting, bear hunting, duck hunting, goose hunting and turkey hunting.

Hunting Seasons 2017
08/11/17 Bear Baiting start date
08/18/17 Camp Ripley Archery Hunt Application Deadline
08/18/17 Prairie Chicken Hunt Lottery Deadline
08/18/17 Youth Deer Hunt Application Deadline
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
09/07/17 Antlerless Deer and Special Hunt Lottery Deadline
09/09/17 Youth Waterfowl Day - Tentative
09/15/17 - 10/21/17 Sandhill Crane season-NW zone-Tentative
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 (northwest zone)
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
10/14/17 - 11/30/17 Sharptailed Grouse season (east-central zone)
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)

Hunting Related Links

  • Wild Game Processing
  • Find Hunting Camps

  • MN Hunting links from the Minnesota DNR:

    Minnesota DNR Information Season Openers
    Minnesota DNR Information Hunting Licenses
     
  • Resident
  • Non-Resident
  • Minnesota DNR Information Hunting Information:
     
  • Deer Hunting
  • Waterfowl
  • Pheasant
  • Wild Turkey
  • Moose
  • Bear
  • Elk
  • Ruffed Grouse
  • Other Small Game

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