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Hunting in Minnesota: Three Animals To Hunt in the Winter

By    |   Wednesday, 27 May 2015 08:05 PM

Skiing and snowboarding are not the only activities reserved for cold weather months. People who enjoy hunting in Minnesota can join in on many small and big game hunts during the late fall or early winter months.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
website lists current opening and closing dates for each hunting season and application deadlines for those specific hunts. Hunting in Minnesota requires purchasing a current hunting license relevant to the animal in question.

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Popular choices for winter hunts in Minnesota include:
  1. Deer - White-tailed deer are a popular big game animal found throughout Minnesota forests. They reside in every county in the state, and the state is home to approximately 1 million white-tailed deer, according to the DNR. Two deer seasons cross into the initial winter months. Archery season begins in the third week of September and ends on the final day in December. Muzzleloader season begins the final week of November and ends on the second week of December. A person may buy no more than one license for both the archery and muzzleloader seasons during a calendar year. Hunters are permitted to tag one legal buck per year. The statewide bag limit is five deer although the limit can drop to one in bucks-only areas, lottery areas and hunter's choice areas.
  2. Small Game - Rabbits, hares and squirrels are included in a small game hunt that runs from the third week of September through the final day in February. The season features a Take-a-Kid Hunting weekend, which is usually held the final weekend in September. Minnesota offers Eastern cottontails, snowshoe hares, white-tailed jack rabbits, gray squirrels, red squirrels, and fox squirrels. Hunters are allowed to hunt from ½ hour before sunrise until sunset. Daily limit for rabbits and hares is 10 combined and the possession limit is 20 combined. Daily limit for squirrels is seven combined and possession limit is 14 combined.
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  4. Furbearers - An abundance of fur-bearing small game that can be hunted or trapped call Minnesota home. Many of these animals are in-season during the late fall and winter months. Raccoon, red fox, gray fox, badger, and opossum can be trapped starting the third week of October in the north and the fourth week of October in the south. The season for these animals ends the third week of March in both the north and the south. Bobcats can also be hunted from the last week of November until the first week of January, but the designated hunting areas are restricted to north of I-94 and U.S. Highway 10.  Most furbearers can only be hunted from ½ hour before sunrise until sunset. Hunting for raccoons and foxes is permitted both day and night.
This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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Skiing and snowboarding are not the only activities reserved for cold weather months. People who enjoy hunting in Minnesota can join in on many small and big game hunts during the late fall or early winter months.
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