It's almost time for the firearm opener here in Minnesota and if you ask any hunter, they will tell you it should be a national holiday. But before you go out this year, you should probably check out the new regulations from the DNR.


Most of the new regulations for the 2020 season have mainly to do with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) and COVID-19. All CWD testing will be voluntary to help reduce the spread to COVID-19. The DNR will provide self-serving stations for hunters to properly mark, tag and drop deer heads, while remaining socially distant.

Other regulations include:


  • Special CWD regulations, including voluntary disease testing and carcass movement restrictions, are in effect in a number of areas.
  • Due to the continued expansion of the CWD management zones, antler point restrictions are temporarily canceled statewide. In addition, party-hunting (also known as cross-tagging) for antlered bucks is allowed statewide.
  • The early antler-less deer season has been expanded to include more deer permit areas.
  • Experimental regulations allowing hunters to leave portable tree stands overnight in some northwestern Minnesota WMAs have been discontinued.
  • Some deer permit area boundaries have changed. Be sure to check the map to double-check the boundaries and be sure where you hunt hasn't changed.

For more information, you can click here to be redirected to the Minnesota DNR's website.

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