Minnesota Bird Hunting

Seasons Span September 16 – 
January 1, 2018

Minnesota Bird Hunting

 

Resident License Fees:
$22

Non-Resident License Fees:
$102
3-Day $75 (includes pheasant stamp)

Special Permits:
Prairie Chicken Application $4
Prairie Chicken License $23
Pheasant Stamp $7.50 

Purchase License Online

Visit State DNR Website

*prior to hunting, always verify all local rules and regulations with the appropriate state agencies because these laws are continually changing and are often area specific
Ruffed Grouse

Minnesota Ruffed Grouse Season

September 16 – January 1, 2018

 Limits: 5 per day, 10 possession in aggregate with Spruce

Woodcock

Minnesota Woodcock Season

September 23 – November 6, 2017

 Limits: 3 per day, 9 possession

Spruce Grouse

Minnesota Spruce Grouse Season

September 16 – January 1, 2018

 Limits: 5 per day, 10 possession in aggregate with Ruffed

Ring-Necked Pheasant

Minnesota Ring-Necked Pheasant Season

October 14 – January 1, 2018

Limits: 2 per day, 6 possession or December 1 to close of season 3 per day, 9 possession

Sharptail Grouse

Minnesota Sharp-Tailed Grouse Season

September 16 – November 30, 2017

 Limits: 3 per day, 6 possession in certain areas only

Hungarian Partridge

Minnesota Hungarian Partridge Season

 September 16 – January 1, 2018

Limits: 5 per day, 10 possession

Prairie Chicken

Minnesota Prairie Chicken Season

September 30 – October 8, 2017

 Limits: 2 per season by lottery

Bird Hunting Buddies

Upland with Friends

It’s easy for me to get caught up in this solo pursuit. The rhythm of walking to the horizon with shotgun in hand appeals to my obsessive nature. Shut out the world and follow the dogs. Simple. Quiet. Rewarding. But decades ago I came to be a bird hunter because of friends sharing their experience … Read more

Brian Koch
Late Season Bobwhite

3000 Miles for One Bird

The sun is dipping into the horizon and the thermometer reads 19° when the dogs and I return to the truck after hunting the final day of upland season in Kansas. A quick check of the fitness band reveals I’ve hiked over 12 miles in eight inches of new snowfall. The dogs never stopped hunting … Read more

Brian Koch
Dogs on Water Break

On the Road Again

Driving endless hours. It’s the not-so-glamourous part of this upland hunting pursuit. Thankfully the days afield tend to erase the days of pavement. The two longest drives of the year are always the first and last of the season. The anticipation of getting underway and the dread of completion make the toughest slogs. The 4,200 … Read more

Brian Koch