If you enjoy visiting Minnesota state parks, be careful during the fall deer hunting season as many parks across the state will be allowing hunting to take place.

According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources:

Special hunts to prevent overpopulation of deer will take place this fall at several Minnesota state parks. Access to the parks will vary during these hunts. Some parks will remain open to all visitors, some will have limited access for the general public, and some will be open only to hunters with special permits (closed to the general public).

If you plan on visiting a state park between now and the end of December, you should go online or call ahead to check whether a hunt is planned and whether the park will be open.

When visiting a state park during hunting season, it is recommended that you:

  • 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!

Follow the link below to access a full list Minnesota state parks and if they're allowing hunting to take place this season.