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Minnesota, Wisconsin fall hunting seasons set for 2022

Don't look now, but some seasons start Sept. 1.

Duck hunting
It's time to start planning your fall hunting trips with some seasons just nine weeks away.
Sam Cook / 2011 file / Duluth News Tribune
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Summer has finally arrived after a cold spring, but it won’t be long until many Northlanders are thinking about fall hunting seasons.

With some seasons just nine weeks away, the News Tribune is running its annual list of most Minnesota and Wisconsin 2022 hunting seasons for your planning purposes. We’ve thrown in a couple from the Dakotas, too.

So go grab some clay pigeons and target loads and practice. Fall will be here before you know it.

Minnesota 2022 hunting seasons

Aug. 1 — Deadline to purchase bear permit.

Aug. 12 — Bear baiting begins.

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Sept. 1-Nov. 29 — Mourning dove.

Sept. 1-Oct. 31 — Crow.

Sept. 1-Oct. 16 — Bear.

Sept. 3-7 — Ducks, teal only, statewide (tentative).

Sept. 8 — Antlerless firearms deer permit and special hunt application deadline.

Sept. 3-18 — Early Canada goose (tentative).

Sept. 10-11 — Youth waterfowl hunt.

Sept. 17-Jan. 1 — Ruffed grouse.

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hunter with woodcock
Woodcock hunting season begins Sept. 24 in Minnesota and Wisconsin this year.
Steve Kuchera / 2020 file / Duluth News Tribune

Sept. 17-Dec. 31 — Deer, archery.

Sept. 17-Oct. 24 - Sandhill crane, northwest zone only.

Sept. 17-Nov. 30 — Sharptail grouse, northwest zone only.

Sept. 17-Feb. 28 — Squirrel and rabbit, including snowshoe hares.

Sept. 24-Nov. 8 — Woodcock.

Sept. 24-Nov. 23 — Ducks, north zone.

Sept. 24-Dec. 26 — Geese, north zone.

Sept. 24-Oct. 3 — Ducks, central zone.

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Sept. 24-Oct. 3 — Ducks, south zone.

Oct. 1-30 — Turkey.

Oct. 8-Nov. 27 — Ducks, central zone, second season.

Oct. 15-Dec. 25 — Ducks, south zone, second season.

Oct. 15-Jan. 1 — Pheasant, statewide.

Oct. 20-23 — Minnesota school break.

Oct. 20-23 — Firearms deer, youth-only (ages 10-17), statewide.

Oct. 15-March 15 — Fox and raccoon.

Nov. 5-20 — Deer, firearms, 100-numbered areas.

Nov. 5-13 — Deer, firearms, 200- and 300-numbered areas.

Nov. 27-29 — Deer, firearms, 300-numbered permit areas, second season.

Nov. 26-Dec. 11 — Deer, muzzleloader, statewide.

For more information, check a hunting/trapping regulations booklet available free wherever licenses are sold or go to www.dnr.state.mn.us/hunting/seasons.html and click on the species you are interested in.

wisconsin deer hunt
A lucky hunter drags a buck near Brule, Wisconsin. Most fall 2022 hunting seasons have now been set.
Steve Kuchera / 2019 file / Duluth News Tribune

Wisconsin 2022 hunting seasons

Sept. 1-Nov. 29 — Mourning dove.

Sept. 1-9 — Early teal-only season.

Sept. 1-15 — Early goose, statewide.

Sept. 7-Oct. 11 — Bear (dates vary for baiting and use of dogs and by zone).

Sept. 16-Dec. 16 — Goose, north zone.

Sept. 17-18 — Youth waterfowl hunt, statewide.

Sept. 17-Jan. 8 — Deer, archery and crossbow.

Sept. 17-Jan. 8 — Ruffed grouse, north zone (northern two-thirds of state).

Sept. 17-Dec. 31 — Turkey, zones 1-5.

Sep. 17-Nov. 18 — Turkey, zones 6-7.

Sept. 17-Nov. 20 — Crow.

Sept. 17-Feb. 28 — Rabbits, north zone (there is no season or limit restrictions on hares).

Sept. 17-Feb. 28 — Squirrel.

Sept. 24-Nov. 7 — Woodcock.

Sept. 24-Nov. 22 — Ducks, north zone.

Oct. 8-9 — Firearms deer, youth only, statewide.

Oct. 15-Jan. 8 — Pheasant, statewide.

Oct. 15-Feb. 15 — Fox and coyote.

Labrador retriever with pheasant
Fall hunting seasons are just around the corner and most season dates have been set.
John Myers / 2018 file / Duluth News Tribune

Nov. 19-27 — Deer, firearms, statewide.

Nov. 28-Dec. 7 — Deer, muzzleloader, statewide.

Dec. 8-11 — Deer, antlerless only, statewide.

Dec. 10 — Deadline to apply for 2022 spring turkey, bear permits.

For more information, check a state hunting/trapping regulations booklet available free wherever licenses are sold or go to dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/hunt/dates.html and click on your species you are interested in.

North Dakota

Oct. 1-Dec. 4 — Nonresident ducks and geese (tentative) for nonresidents (eastern goose zone ends Dec. 18.)

Oct. 8-Jan. 1 — Pheasant (tentative).

South Dakota

Oct. 15-Jan. 31 — Pheasant.

John Myers reports on the outdoors, natural resources and the environment for the Duluth News Tribune. You can reach him at jmyers@duluthnews.com.
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