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Minnesota, Wisconsin hunting seasons start Sept. 1

Attenton deer hunters: Minnesota antlerless permit applications due by Sept. 8.

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The dawn of another fall hunting season is upon us, with the first seasons set to kick off Thursday, Sept. 1, in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
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DULUTH — Autumn is just around the corner and the first hunting seasons are coming up next week, starting with bear, dove and crow on Sept. 1 and early teal and Canada goose seasons starting Sept. 3 in Minnesota.

Minnesota deer hunters who plan to hunt in a deer management area that has antlerless permits available by lottery must buy their license by Sept. 8 to be entered in the lottery. Everyone who buys a license by then and selects a lottery management area will be automatically entered in the drawing.

Minnesota bear hunters are reminded to not shoot radio-collared, ear-tagged research bears. While it's not illegal, the bears are important for ongoing research by Department of Natural Resources biologists.

Minnesota 2022 hunting seasons

Sept. 1-Nov. 29: Mourning dove

Sept. 1-Oct. 31: Crow


Sept. 1-Oct. 16: Bear

Sept. 3-7: Ducks, teal only, statewide

Sept. 8: Antlerless firearms deer permit and special hunt application deadline.

Sept. 3-18: Early Canada goose

Sept. 10-11: Youth waterfowl hunt

Sept. 17-Jan. 1: Ruffed grouse

Sept. 17-Dec. 31: Deer, archery

Sept. 17-Oct. 24: Sandhill crane, northwest zone only


Sept. 17-Nov. 30: Sharptail grouse, northwest zone only (east zone is closed)

Sept. 17-Feb. 28: Squirrel and rabbit, including snowshoe hares

Sept. 24-Nov. 8: Woodcock

Sept. 24-Nov. 22: Ducks, north zone

Sept. 24-Dec. 23: Geese, north zone

Sept. 24-Oct. 2: Ducks, central zone

Sept. 24-Oct. 2: Ducks, south zone

Oct. 1-30: Turkey


Oct. 8-Nov. 27: Ducks, central zone, second season

Oct. 8-Nov. 27: Ducks, south zone, second season

Oct. 15-Jan. 1: Pheasant statewide

Oct. 20-23: Minnesota school break

Oct. 20-23: Firearms deer, youth-only (ages 10-17) statewide

Oct. 15-March 15: Fox and raccoon

Nov. 5-20: Deer, firearms, 100-numbered areas

Nov. 5-13: Deer, firearms, 200 and 300-numbered areas

Nov. 19-27: Deer, firearms, 300-numbered permit areas, second season

Nov. 26-Dec. 11: Deer, muzzleloader, statewide

For more information, check a hunting/trapping regulations booklet available free wherever licenses are sold or go to dnr.state.mn.us/hunting/seasons.html and click on the species you are interested in.

Wisconsin 2022 hunting seasons

Sept. 1-Nov. 29: Mourning dove

Sept. 1-9: Early teal-only duck , statewide

Sept. 1-15: Early goose, statewide

Sept. 7-Oct. 11: Bear (dates vary for baiting and use of dogs)

Sept. 16-Dec. 16: Goose, north zone

Sept. 17-18: Youth waterfowl hunt, statewide

Sept. 17-Jan. 8: Deer, archery and crossbow

Sept. 17- Jan. 8: Ruffed grouse, north zone (northern two-thirds of state.)

Sept. 17-Dec. 31: Turkey, zones 1-5

Sept. 17-Nov. 18: Turkey, zones 6-7

Sept. 17-Nov. 20: Crow

Sept. 17-Feb. 28: Rabbits, north zone (there is no season or limit restrictions on hares)

Sept. 17-Feb. 28: Squirrel

Sept. 24-Nov. 7: Woodcock

Sept. 24-Nov. 22: Ducks, north zone

Oct. 8-9: Firearms deer, youth only, statewide

Oct. 15-Jan. 8: Pheasant, statewide

Oct. 15-Feb. 15: Fox and coyote

Nov. 19-27: Deer, firearms, statewide

Nov. 28-Dec. 7: Deer, muzzleloader, statewide

Dec. 8-11: Deer, antlerless only, statewide

Dec. 10: Deadline to apply for 2022 spring turkey, bear permits

For more information, check a state hunting/trapping regulations booklet available free wherever licenses are sold or go to dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/hunt/dates.html and click on the species you are interested in.

North Dakota

Oct. 1-Dec. 4: Nonresident ducks and geese (eastern goose zone ends Dec. 18)

Oct. 8-Jan. 1: Pheasant

South Dakota

Oct. 15-Jan. 31: Pheasant

John Myers reports on the outdoors, natural resources and the environment for the Duluth News Tribune. You can reach him at jmyers@duluthnews.com.
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