Minnesota Bird Hunting

Seasons Span September 15 – 
January 1, 2019

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

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State Drought Monitor – Upland hunting conditions are often highly dependent upon moisture for both habitat production and bird survival.

Ruffed Grouse

Minnesota Ruffed Grouse Season

September 15 – January 1, 2019

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

Woodcock

Minnesota Woodcock Season

September 22 – November 5, 2018

 Limits: 3 per day, 9 possession

Spruce Grouse

Minnesota Spruce Grouse Season

September 15 – January 1, 2019

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

Ring-Necked Pheasant

Minnesota Ring-Necked Pheasant Season

October 13 – January 1, 2019

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 15 – November 30, 2018

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

Hungarian Partridge

Minnesota Hungarian Partridge Season

 September 15 – January 1, 2019

Limits: 5 per day, 10 possession

Prairie Chicken

Minnesota Prairie Chicken Season

September 29 – October 7, 2018

 Limits: 2 per season by lottery

Drought Image

Upland Birds Seeing Red

The US Drought Monitor Map gives a pretty depressing view for more than half the country. There is a distinct yellow to deep red tone painting most of the areas west of the Mississippi and south of the Oregon Trail. The Drought Monitor uses a number of factors – soil moisture, streamflow, precipitation and more … Read more

Upland Monster

Bag Limits Creating Monsters

The first game bird bag limits in this country were established by the state of Iowa in 1878 as a way to protect remaining populations of Prairie Chicken, Ruffed Grouse and Woodcock. Iowa didn’t employ game wardens until nine years later, so it remains a mystery how such limits were enforced.* Today, bag limits are … Read more