DO I NEED A HUNTING LICENSE TO HUNT WITHIN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA?
Yes. A Hunting License is different from a Hunter Education Certificate and is required for any person who hunts within the state of Minnesota. This includes both residents and non-residents. Varying licenses must be purchased and carried depending on the hunter’s age, residency, and the type of game being hunted. Certain exceptions may apply depending on the game animal being hunted.
WHAT ARE THE MINNESOTA TAGGING REQUIREMENTS?
Certain game animals must be tagged after they’re taken. Registration or harvest may also be required for some game animals including deer, bear, and turkey.
Deer Site Tagging and Registration:
Once you’ve harvested your deer, it must be tagged. The site tag must be attached at the site of the kill. The license must be detached from the site tag, and then notched in the appropriate locations to indicate the month, date, and time of day that the animal was taken.
The animal may only be moved from the kill site, without having been tagged, if they are manually dragged or carted from the area while the hunter is carrying the tag on their person. The animal may not be moved using a motor vehicle until the site tag has been attached.
The tag can be attached to the deer using twine, a zip tie, or wire:
- At the base of the antler
- Through a slit cut in the ear
- Between the tendon and bone of the hind leg
The long ends of the wire or string should be left hanging free.
Deer must also be registered after they’re taken. Registration can be completed in-person, via telephone registration, or electronically online. Hunters who wish to register their take online can do so at mndnr.gov/gameregistration
Bear Site Tagging and Registration
Once you’ve harvested your bear, it must be tagged. A site tag will be included with a purchased bear hunting license. The tag must be attached to either the bear sternum, through the ear, or around a leg bone or tendon.
The tag must be validated by punching out or notching the tag to indicate the date of the kill, take method, and sex of the bear. The bear should be tagged on-site if possible or must be in possession of the hunter if the bear is being dragged or carted from the immediate hunting area. The tag must be attached before the animal is moved using a motor vehicle.
Bears must also be registered within 48 hours of being taken. The bear must be presented at a bear registration station, at which point the hunter will be provided with a Big Game Possession Tag. The possession tag can then be affixed to the bear in the same way as the site tag.
Hunters may also choose to register their bear electronically online, or by telephone however, the hunter must still visit a registration station in person in order to pick up a tooth envelope. It is mandatory for hunters to submit a tooth sample for any bear taken.