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Hunting in Minnesota: Top Spots for Hunting in the North Star State

By    |   Wednesday, 27 May 2015 08:38 PM

Famous for having 10,000 lakes, Minnesota is also blessed with an abundance of birds and mammals. Hunting in Minnesota is often more rewarding than many other states because the chances of bagging a trophy buck or prize bird are so good.

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The North Star State has an abundance of forests and trails bursting with wildlife. Full regulations governing public and private hunting grounds can be found on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website. Hunters can find out everything from when certain species are in season to maps for where various species can be found.

If you're looking to hunt in Minnesota, these are the best places to start:

1. Itasca State Park

Central Minnesota is a haven for white-tail deer. Going to Minnesota's oldest state forest can offer a chance to get some prize bucks. Itasca State Park offers limited road access and bans all-terrain vehicles, so it is a peaceful and unique hunting experience. As many as 40 deer per square mile reside in the park. Hunters are restricted to bucks with at least three points on one side of their antlers. 

2. Superior National Forest

Covering 3.9 million acres, the Superior National Forest sustains a deer population that boasts 20 to 30 deer per square mile. It is a spot that offers a varied hunting experience. If you want to go off the beaten path, a canoe trip on one of the lakes inside the national forest offers a fun way to cover more ground.

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3. Detroit Lakes

Bird hunters will also enjoy this popular fishing destination. Ruffed goose are found in huge numbers in nearby forests to the northeast. To the west, Clay County is a hotbed for prairie chickens. If you choose to hunt prairie chickens, however, you need to draw out for a special prairie chicken license. This bird is not covered under small game licenses.

4. Milaca
If pheasant and grouse hunting is your aim, this is the perfect spot to get tons of each species. Run River State Forest offers 40,000 acres of land filled with grouse. Pheasants are usually on private land, but some can be found in strong numbers in wildlife management areas in the region.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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