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Minnesota Hunting License

How Do I Get My State Hunting License?

Depending on your age, you may be required to have the Hunter Education Certificate in order to legally buy a license or permit to hunt.

  1. Complete the Minnesota hunter education certification requirements.
  2. Choose the correct license type.
  3. Buy the license through the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website or a Minnesota–approved agent.

Types of Minnesota Hunting Licenses

Minnesota Resident

A resident is a person who has lived in Minnesota for at least six months. Active-duty military members are considered residents.

All Minnesota residents must have a resident hunting license. For hunters pursuing big game, additional tag licenses are required. Visit the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website for more details.

Non-Resident

All non-residents must have a non-resident hunting license. For hunters pursuing big game, additional tag licenses are required. Visit the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website for details on restrictions.

Youth Hunting License

Minnesota residents and non-residents under the age of 18 who hunt birds or mammals must have the Junior Hunting License. For hunters age 12 or older pursuing big game, additional tag licenses are required.

Senior Hunting License

Minnesota does not offer a hunting license specifically for senior citizens.

Disability License

Mobility impaired hunters may apply for the free Mobility Impaired Disabled Persons Motor Vehicle Hunting License. Visually impaired hunters may apply for the free Visually Disabled Muzzleloader Scope Permit. Disabled hunters may apply for the Disabled Archer Permit. Visit the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website for more details.

Military and Veteran License

Active-duty military members may purchase a resident hunting license.

A Recovering Service Member Hunting License is available to any recovering service member who is undergoing medical treatment for a serious injury or illness.

Disabled veterans (Minnesota residents and nonresidents) who have 50% or greater disability and who were honorably discharged may apply for the Disabled Veteran Reduced Fee Hunting License.

Migratory Waterfowl Requirements

All hunters age 16 or older must purchase the Federal Duck Stamp when hunting migratory waterfowl. The Minnesota Duck Validation is required for any person taking waterfowl, excluding hunters who have the Junior Hunting License. In addition, hunters are required to have proof of their participation in the Harvest Information Program (HIP).

License Expiration

Hunting licenses are good from July 1 through June 30 of the next year. Minnesota residents are able to purchase a lifetime hunting license.

Where to Buy a Minnesota Hunting License

  • Visit the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website.
  • Visit a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources sales office or an approved license agent.

Get Certified Online!

The Minnesota Hunter Ed Course is no longer open to new registrants. You can take the Minnesota-approved course at HUNTERcourse.com.

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