The Department of Natural Resources has announced the following opening dates for many of the 2008 Minnesota hunting seasons. Final approval of these dates occurs in June.
Small game: April 16-May 29 - Spring wild turkey (first season); Sept. 13 - General small game including grouse gray partridge, rabbits and squirrels; Oct. 11 - Pheasant; Oct. 18 - Prairie chicken; Oct. 15-19 - Fall wild turkey (first season); Oct. 22-26 - Fall wild turkey (second season). Big game: Sept. 1 - Bear; Sept. 13 - Deer - archery; Oct. 4 - Moose - northeast zone; Nov. 8 - Deer - firearms; Nov. 29 - Deer - muzzleloader. Furbearers: Oct. 25 - Fox, raccoon badger, opossum; Oct. 25 (north) - Mink, muskrat, beaver, otter; Nov. 1 (south) - Mink, muskrat, beaver, otter; Nov. 29 - Fisher, marten, bobcat. Migratory birds: March 1-31 - Crow (first season); March 1 - Spring light goose; July 15 - Oct. 15 - Crow (second season); Sept. 1 - Mourning doves; Sept. 1 - Rails, snipe; Sept. 6 (tentative) - Early Canada goose; Sept. 20-21 - Take A Kid Hunting Weekend; Sept. 20 (tentative) - Woodcock; Oct. 4 (tentative) - Waterfowl.
The waterfowl season opener will be finalized when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service publishes proposed migratory bird hunting frameworks this summer. Additional details on season lengths, quotas and bag limits will be announced this summer.