Get Outdoors and Hunt Small Game in Minnesota
There are many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors in Minnesota and one that should not be overlooked is small game hunting, especially with the mild start to the winter season. Hunting pheasants, ruffed grouse, squirrels, or rabbits can be a great way to introduce people of all ages to the outdoors says James Burnham, hunter and angler recruitment coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (audio).
Minnesotans have a wide variety of public and private land available for hunting. These locations can be found on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Recreation Compass website; an easy to navigate, interactive map. Burnham explains more about the public land and the private land Walk-In Access program (audio).
The pheasant and ruffed grouse seasons last through January 3rd. The squirrel and rabbit season continues through February 28th. Burnham encourages everyone to get outdoors to stay active or to even start a new hunting tradition (audio).
Learn more about how or where to hunt and small game regulations by visiting the website dnr.state.mn.us.