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Minnesota, Wisconsin fall hunting seasons set – time to plan ahead – Twin Cities

While many of us are just getting into summer mode of fishing, camping, biking and paddling, some fall hunting seasons are only three months away and it’s time to start planning for this fall’s activities.

A man in orange sits high in a tree
Hunting seasons in Minnesota and Wisconsin are scheduled for fall 2024, with later-than-usual firearm deer seasons in both states. (Clint Austin / Forum News Service)

This fall will be notable for very late firearm deer hunting seasons in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Minnesota season opens on November 9 and the Wisconsin season doesn’t start until November 23 and runs through December thanks to a very late Thanksgiving date.

Minnesota hunters hunting in areas where antlerless permits are available must purchase their permit and apply by September 5. Hunters in northeastern Minnesota can expect another season with few or no antlerless permits in many areas after a stretch of deep snow. wintery. But the event-free winter of 2023-2024 was the first big step back to higher deer numbers.

Deer season for youth firearms in Minnesota runs from October 17 to 20 and coincides with the annual school holiday. Wisconsin’s firearms deer season takes place October 5-6.

Please note that the dates listed here for Minnesota’s migratory waterfowl season are likely, but still tentative.

Minnesota Hunting Seasons 2024

  • August 1 – Deadline to purchase a bear permit
  • August 6 – Excess bear licenses go on sale
  • August 16 – The bear fight begins
  • September 1-Nov. 26 — Mourning dove
  • September 1-October 31 — Crow
  • September 1-October 13 — Beer
  • September 1-5 – Ducks, teal only, statewide
  • September 1-15 – Canada goose early season, statewide
  • September 5 – Deadline to apply for antlerless deer and specialty hunting permits (if available)
  • September 7-8 – Young waterfowl, statewide
  • September 14-Jan. 1 — Pleated grouse
  • September 14-December 31 — Deer, archery and crossbow
  • September 14-Nov. 30 — Sharp-tailed fowl, northwest zone only (closed in east-central area)
  • September 14-February. 28 — Squirrel and rabbit, including snowshoe hares
  • Sep 21-Oct 19 — Sandhill crane, northwest zone only
  • September 21-Nov. 3 — Woodcock
  • September 21-Nov. 19 — Ducks, north zone
  • September 21-December 21— Geese, northern zone
  • September 21-29 — Ducks, mid zone
  • September 21-29 — Ducks, South Zone
  • September 28-October 27 — Turkey
  • Oct. 5-Nov. 24 — Ducks, mid zone, second season
  • Oct. 5-Nov. 24 — Ducks, south zone, second season
  • Oct. 12-Jan. 1 — Pheasant, statewide
  • October 17-October 20 — School holiday in Minnesota
  • October 17-20 – Statewide Gun Deer, youth only (ages 10-17)
  • October 19 – March 15 – Fox and raccoon
  • November 9-24 – Deer, Firearms, 100 Number Areas
  • November 9-17 – Deer, firearms, 200 and 300 number areas
  • November 23 – December 1 – Deer, Firearms, 300 Numbered Permit Areas, Second Season
  • November 30 – December 15 — Deer, muzzleloader, statewide

For more information, consult the Hunting and Trapping Regulations booklet, available free where licenses are sold, or visit dnr.state.mn.us/hunting/seasons.html and click on the species you are interested in.

Wisconsin Hunting Seasons 2024

  • September 1-Nov. 29 — Mourning dove

    A man and a dog dressed in hunting equipment in the forest
    Grouse hunters will take to the woods in Minnesota and Wisconsin on September 14, 2024. (John Myers / Forum News Service)

  • September 1-9 – Early blue-green season
  • September 1-15 – Early goose, statewide
  • September 4-October 8 — Bear (dates vary for bait and dog use)
  • September 16-December 16 — Goose, northern zone
  • September 14-15 – Youth Waterfowl Hunts Statewide
  • September 14-Jan. 5 — Deer, archery and crossbow
  • September 14-Jan. 5 – Grouse, Northern Zone (northern two-thirds of the state)
  • September 14-Nov. 22 — Turkey, statewide
  • Nov 23-Jan. 5 — Extended turkey season, zones 1-5
  • November 23 – March 26 — Crow
  • September 14-February. 28 — Rabbits, northern zone (there are no seasonal or limit restrictions for hares)
  • September 14-February. 28 — Squirrel
  • September 16 to December 16 – Goose, northern zone
  • September 21 to November 4 – Woodcock
  • September 21-Nov. 19 — Ducks, north zone
  • October 5-6 – Firearm deer, juveniles only, statewide
  • Oct. 19-Jan. 5 — Statewide Pheasant
  • October 19-February. 15 — Fox and coyote
  • Nov. 23 – Dec. 1 — Deer, firearms, statewide
  • December 2-11 – Deer, muzzleloader, statewide
  • December 10 – Deadline to apply for 2022 spring turkey, bear permits
  • December 12-15 – Deer, antlerless only, statewide

For more information, consult the state booklet of hunting and trapping regulations, available for free where licenses are sold, or visit dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/hunt/dates.html and click on the species you are interested in.

North Dakota

  • September 28-December 3 — Provisional non-resident ducks and geese
  • Oct. 12-Jan. 1 — Pheasant

South Dakota

  • Oct. 19-Jan. 31 — Non-resident pheasant
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