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MN Hunting Seasons & Regulations - Brainerd, MN

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.

2019 Hunting Seasons

10/27/18 - 05/15/19

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

09/14/19 - 02/29/20

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

2019 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:
172, 171, 246, 247, 249

Managed Areas:
259, 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.

Please contact MN DNR for additional information about Minnesota Deer Areas, Hunter alerts, hunting regulations and updates.

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