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Minnesota Bird Hunting

Seasons Span September 17 – 
January 1, 2017

Minnesota Bird Hunting


Resident License Fees:

Non-Resident License Fees:
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


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

New Mexico Sunset

Embrace the Hunting Curve

I kicked off this season hunting the entire month of September without ever pulling the trigger—for birds, not for big game, not for a once-in-a-lifetime tag draw. I never even came close. True, the Himalayan Snowcock might be the most challenging hunt in the country. This was my second attempt at those demons and I … Read more

Brian Koch
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
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

Brian Koch