Hunting Season Beginning in October – Be Safe

(UNDATED) – Hunters across the state are taking to the woods, fields, and wetlands.

The Department of Natural Resources would like to remind everyone to be aware of their surroundings as they participate in the pastime they enjoy.

Fall weather attracts many to the outdoors – be mindful of other visitors, never shoot beyond your target, and always fully identify an animal before taking a shot.

If you’ll be hunting from a tree stand, remember to wear a safety harness connected to a tree stand safety line or tree belt. The majority of hunting accident reports DNR receives are related to falls from tree stands and are preventable. Don’t become another statistic: stay connected from the moment you leave the ground. Learn more about tree stand safety online.

The following is a list of hunting seasons that begin in October.

Wild Turkey Fall Archery: Oct. 1 – Nov. 1
Deer Archery: Oct. 1 – Jan. 3, 2021
Woodcock: Oct. 15 – Nov. 28
Red and Gray Fox: Oct. 15 – Feb. 28, 2021
Coyote and Striped Skunk: Oct. 15 – Mar. 15, 2021
Wild Turkey Fall Firearms: Oct. 21 – Nov. 1

Ducks, Coots, Mergansers:
North Zone: Oct. 24 – Dec. 13
Central Zone: Oct. 31 – Nov. 8

Canada Geese:
North Zone: Oct. 24 – Nov. 1
Central Zone: Oct. 31 – Nov. 8

Youth Waterfowl: 
North Zone: Oct. 17 – 18
Central Zone: Oct. 24 – 25
South Zone: Oct. 31 – Nov. 1

Veteran Waterfowl: 
North Zone: Oct. 17 – 18
Central Zone: Oct. 24 – 25
South Zone: Oct. 31 – Nov. 1

Mourning dove season will close on Oct. 18. Dog running season for raccoon and opossum will close on Oct. 25.

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