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Minnesota Bird Hunting

Seasons Span September 17 – 
January 1, 2017

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 17 – January 1, 2017

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

Woodcock

Minnesota Woodcock Season

September 24 – November 7, 2016

 Limits: 3 per day, 9 possession

Spruce Grouse

Minnesota Spruce Grouse Season

September 17 – January 1, 2017

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

Ring-Necked Pheasant

Minnesota Ring-Necked Pheasant Season

October 15 – January 1, 2017

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 17 – November 30, 2016

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

Hungarian Partridge

Minnesota Hungarian Partridge Season

 September 17 – January 1, 2017

Limits: 5 per day, 10 possession

Prairie Chicken

Minnesota Prairie Chicken Season

September 24 – October 2, 2016

 Limits: 2 per season by lottery

Lab with Ptarmigan

Whitetailed Demons

Something is wrong with me. Any other sane bird hunter would have packed up and moved to the interior where the bird numbers and density are greater. But I’m entrenched in the Kenai and I can’t get away from it. I’ve shot a Whitetailed Ptarmigan already. I’ve seen where they live. I know their confounding … 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
Lab in a Watering Hole

Getting to Know the Rubys a Foot at a Time

Going from barely above sea level to over 8,000 feet in the span of a few days is challenging. So I’ve elected to start this hunt just focusing on the next step.  Sure I’m here to bird hunt. But right now we just have to get  legs and lungs acclimated to this new environment. I … Read more

Brian Koch