Minnesota Deer Opener and Regulations 2022

Minnesota Deer Season runs from September 17, 2022 - December 31,2022. Whether you are a seasoned hunter, or this is your first time, it’s always smart to make sure you have a plan and understand the hunting regulations for the year. This blog will provide you with several resources so that you have all the information you need!

Minnesota Deer Seasons 2022

Archery Deer Season: September 17, 2022 - December 31, 2022

Firearm Option Statewide (A) 100 Series and 604 and 679: November 5, 2022 - November 20, 2022

Firearm Option Statewide (A) 200 Series and 661: November 5, 2022 - November 13, 2022

Firearm Option Statewide (A) 300 Series and all 600 series except 604 & 679: November 5, 2022 - November 13, 2022

Firearm Option Late Southeast (B) 300 Series and all 600 Series except 604, 661 & 679: November 19, 2022 - November 27, 2022

Metro Deer Management Zone (701) Statewide (A), Late Season (B) firearms license or muzzleloader licenses are valid: November 5, 2022 - November 27, 2022

Deer Season Muzzleloader: November 26th, 2022 - December 11th, 2022

Youth Deer Season: October 20, 2022 - October 23, 2022

Early Antlerless Season: October 20, 2022 - October 23, 2022

FIGURING OUT YOUR PERMIT AREA

The first step to buying your hunting license is figuring out the permit area you will be hunting in. A person with an archery license can hunt within any permit area except for 287 (Itasca State Park). It is important to understand that different permit areas also have different bag limits. Click here to view the Minnesota 2022 Deer Season Area Map.

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MN Deer Hunting Map 2022

BUYING YOUR LICENSE

Now that you've figured out what permit area you are hunting in, it's time to buy your license. You can purchase a license online, via phone or in-person at an approved location.

PURCHASE A HUNTING LICENSE ONLINE

Click here to purchase a hunting license online. When purchasing a hunting license online, it is important to make sure that you only purchase from the DNR website. Make sure to allow 5-10 business days for license tags, permits and passes to arrive via U.S. postal mail.

PURCHASE A HUNTING LICENSE BY PHONE

You can purchase licenses by phone at 1-888-665-4236. This toll-free line is open 24/7 and provides immediate licensing. At the end of the call, you will receive your license number, which will be valid until you receive an actual license via mail.

PURCHASE A HUNTING LICENSE IN-PERSON

Click here to view approved locations to buy your license in-person.

ARCHERY EQUIPMENT REGULATIONS

Bows and arrows for big game in Minnesota must meet the following criteria:

  • Bows must have a pull of no less than 30 pounds at or before full draw. (Bows with low draw weight may not effectively kill big game.)
  • Arrowheads used for taking big game must have a minimum of two metal cutting edges, be of barbless broadhead design, with a diameter of at least 7/8 inch. 
  • "expandable" broadheads may be used to take big game if they meet requirements above and 1) are at least 7/8 inch in width and no more than 2 inches in width at or after impact; and 2) are of a barbless design and function in a barbless manner. 
  • A hand-held mechanical release attached to the bowstring may be used if the person's own strength draws and holds the bowstring.

Click here to download the 2022 Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations

Thinking about trying archery hunting this year? Read this blog: 5 Things to Know Before You Buy a Bow

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