Areas on the map that are deer hunting zones are forest legacy conservation areas, wildlife management areas, state forests, scientific and natural areas, and federally managed wetlands and their surrounding uplands. Hunting is permitted in public lands and Department of Natural Resources Public Recreation Information Maps indicate these areas.
Some private lands are open to the public for hunting deer through the Department of Agriculture's Walk-In Access Program, which allows hunting in private lands that are already under existing conservation programs. The 2015 deer hunt season in Minnesota begins on Sept. 19, 2015 and ends on Dec. 13, 2015, with dates for special hunts for youth, archers, firearms and muzzleloaders. Aside from a hunting license, hunters need to register all deer harvests.