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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 2019 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, 259
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 2019
10/27/18 -
02/15/19
North furbearer zone - Beaver trapping
10/27/18 - 05/15/19 South furbearer zone - Beaver trapping
02/18/19 - 04/30/19 Statewide - Goose - spring light goose conservation action
04/17/19 - 04/23/19 Hunter selected permit area by lottery or surplus permit - Turkey hunting - firearm A season
04/17/19 - 05/31/19 Any permit area - Turkey hunting - archery
04/24/19 - 04/30/19 Hunter selected permit area by lottery or surplus permit - Turkey hunting - firearm B season
05/01/19 - 05/07/19 Hunter selected permit area - Turkey hunting - firearm C season
05/03/19 Bear permit areas - Bear hunt lottery deadline
05/08/19 - 05/14/19 Hunter selected permit area - Turkey hunting - firearm D season
05/15/19 - 05/21/19 Hunter selected permit area - Turkey hunting - firearm E season
05/22/19 - 05/31/19 Hunter selected permit area with any unfilled license - Turkey hunting - firearm F season
06/14/19 Elk zones open to hunting - Elk hunting license application deadline
08/16/19 Various state parks and Wildlife Management Areas - Deer - special youth deer hunt lottery application deadline
08/16/19 Statewide - Bear baiting start date
08/16/19 Camp Ripley - Deer - Camp Ripley archery hunt application deadline
08/16/19 Prairie chicken quota areas - Prairie chicken hunt lottery application deadline
09/01/19 - 10/13/19 Permit areas and no-quota area - Bear hunting
09/01/19 - 11/29/19 Statewide - Mourning dove hunting
09/01/19 - 10/31/19 Statewide - Crow hunting (third season)
09/05/19 Lottery deer permit areas and special hunts - Deer - antlerless deer and special hunt lottery deadline
09/14/19 - 01/01/20 Statewide - Ruffed and spruce grouse, and Hungarian partridge hunting
09/14/19 - 02/29/20 Statewide - Rabbit and Squirrel
09/14/19 - 12/31/19 Statewide - Deer hunting - archery
09/14/19 - 10/20/19 Sandhill crane hunting (northwest goose zone)
09/14/19 - 11/30/19 Northwest zone - Sharptailed grouse hunting
09/21/19 - 11/04/19 Statewide - Woodcock hunting
09/21/19 - 09/22/19 Statewide - Take a Kid Hunting Weekend
09/28/19 - 10/06/19 Prairie chicken quota areas - Prairie chicken hunting
09/28/19 - 10/27/19 Hunter selected permit area - Turkey hunting
10/12/19 - 01/01/20 Statewide - Pheasant hunting season
10/12/19 - 11/30/19 East-central zone - Sharptailed grouse hunting
10/17/19 - 10/20/19 Specific permit areas in southeastern and northwestern Minnesota, including metro permit area 601 - Deer hunting - youth
10/17/19 - 10/18/19 Camp Ripley - Deer - Camp Ripley archery hunt (first season)
10/19/19 - 10/20/19 Portions of southeastern Minnesota - Deer hunting - antlerless only
10/26/19 - 05/15/19 North furbearer zone - Beaver trapping
10/26/19 - 01/05/20 North zone - Otter trapping
10/26/19 - 10/27/19 Camp Ripley - Deer - Camp Ripley archery hunt (second season)
10/26/19 - 02/29/20 North furbearer zone - Mink and muskrat trapping
11/02/19 - 05/15/19 South furbearer zone - Beaver trapping
11/02/19 - 01/05/19 South furbearer zone - Otter trapping
11/02/19 - 02/29/20 South furbearer zone - Mink and muskrat trapping
11/09/19 - 11/17/19 200 and 300 series permit areas - Deer hunting - firearm (season A)
11/09/19 - 11/24/19 100 series permit areas - Deer hunting - firearm (season A)
11/23/19 - 12/01/19 300 series permit areas - Deer hunting - firearm (season B)
11/30/19 - 12/15/19 Statewide - Deer hunting - muzzleloader
11/30/19 - 01/05/20 North of I-94 and U.S. Highway 10 - Bobcat hunting and trapping
11/30/19 - 12/05/19 North of I-94 and U.S. Highway 10 - Fisher and pine marten trapping

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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