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Hunting in Minnesota: 6 Animals To Hunt in the Spring

By    |   Thursday, 28 May 2015 11:38 AM

Hunters have limited options during the spring season in Minnesota. Only one game animal is actually considered to be “in-season” during the spring months. However, other animals that are not state protected or restricted can be taken during the spring season, helping hunters bridge the gap until the summer hunting season takes off.

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Hunters should consider hunting these six animals in the spring:
  1. Turkey - Spring turkey season begins in mid-April and lasts until the end of May. Hunters are not permitted to use bait or feed when hunting turkey. How successful hunters will be in the spring largely depends on how tough the prior winter was on the bird. For example, a particularly cold and snowy winter can decrease the number of turkey available throughout the state.
  2. Weasels - There is no closed season on weasels and they may be hunted throughout the year in Minnesota, including during the spring season. Hunters should be aware there is a protected weasel species in the state and steer clear of taking that animal. Photos and information about the protected species are available on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website.
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  4. Coyotes - Coyote are another animal that hunters can take aim at year-round in the state. There are no restrictions or protections for coyotes in Minnesota. Hunters using dogs to track the animal are required to follow state guidelines in regards to dog hunting.
  5. Gophers - Spring hunters can take gophers without restriction on time or season. Hunters cannot use lights to aid in the killing of gophers.
  6. Porcupines - Whether for skill or quills, hunters can legally take porcupines throughout the year, including during the spring. There are no restrictions on the animal in regards to limits and they may be taken in any manner.
  7. Striped Skunks - Skunks are often considered a nuisance animal in Minnesota. Hunters can take striped skunks in the spring with no restriction or bag limit. If taking the animal in a residential area, hunters should contact the local body of government for information regarding firearm restrictions.
This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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