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Hunting in Minnesota: Regulations for Hunting With Dogs

By    |   Thursday, 28 May 2015 12:03 PM

Hunting with dogs is a time-honored tradition, and the state of Minnesota is no stranger to this tradition. But with different seasons come different regulations and requirements, including how and when hunting dogs can be used.
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  • Big Game - The use of hunting dogs to take big game, such as moose or elk, is prohibited by the state statute. Any dog that is found hunting big game between Jan. 1 and July 14 may be lawfully killed by any person. A conservation officer also has the ability to kill any dog that is found to be hunting big game at any time of year. Officers are not liable for damages if a hunting dog is killed.
  • Dog Retrieval - Any hunter may enter private property for the purpose of retrieving their hunting dog. While on the property they may not actively participate in hunting. After dog retrieval, the hunter must leave the property immediately.
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  • Approved Uses of Hunting Dogs - Hunters may use dogs to hunt upland game, such as waterfowl, rabbits, and foxes, when they are in-season. Dogs out of season may run foxes as long as they are not taken. Fox running is not permitted from mid-April to mid-July. When dove hunting, dogs are permitted to retrieve the birds that have been taken. Hunting dogs are permitted in Wildlife Management Areas, provided they are kept on a leash from mid-April to mid-July. Trappers may not use the assistance of dogs to take mink. During small game season all hunting dogs must be kept under the control of the owner. At no time during the season should dogs be trained or allowed off leash. Coyote hunters are not permitted to intentionally run their hunting dogs on posted agricultural lands or private lands, unless they have the permission of the landowner.
  • Training - Training hunting dogs is not permitted on DNR lands from mid-April to mid-July. Dogs may be trained elsewhere during these months. Hunters should be aware of trapping areas when they are running or training their dogs as to prevent their capture in traps. If a hunter chooses to train a dog in a WMA, hunters are not allowed to use blanks or live ammunition.
This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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