Numerous hunts are scheduled to take place at Minnesota state parks this fall, as a way to help control the deer population in the parks. Our goal is to ensure healthy natural communities. If too many deer are in one area, the native plants and animals are negatively affected.
Access to the parks varies around the state during these hunts. Some state parks remain open to all visitors, some have limited public access, and some are open only to hunters with special permits.
This site provides information to non-hunters during the hunt season. If you are a hunter, you’ll find more information here. Stay safe during hunting season!
If you will be visiting a state park during hunting season:
- Wear blaze orange or other brightly colored clothing, even if you will not be hunting.
- Check with the park office when you arrive, to see if there is any additional hunt-related information.
- Watch carefully for any hunt-related signage in the park, and follow it!
St. Croix Valley state park deer hunting schedules
|Afton||CLOSED||Youth||11/7 to 11/8||Firearms|
|Banning||LIMITED||Youth||10/31 to 11/1||Firearms|
|10/31 to 11/1|
11/19 to 11/22
12/2 to 12/6
|Wild River||CLOSED||Special permit||11/7 to 11/8||Firearms|
|William O’Brien||CLOSED||Special permit||11/14 to 11/15||Firearms|