Deer Feeding Ban in Minnesota

Reducing the Risk of Disease Transmission

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is committed to safeguarding the state's deer population and minimizing the risk of disease transmission. To achieve this goal, a deer feeding ban has been implemented to discourage practices that can attract or entice deer, ultimately reducing the potential for disease spread.

Understanding Deer Feeding

Deer feeding encompasses the placement or distribution of various foods, such as grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, hay, and other enticing items capable of attracting deer. Importantly, the use of bait for hunting deer is illegal statewide.

Distinguishing Deer Feeding from Baiting

It's essential to differentiate between deer feeding and baiting. Deer feeding involves the provision of food to attract deer for various purposes, while baiting specifically pertains to luring deer for hunting. Detailed information on this distinction can be found on page 64 of our guidelines.

Deer Attractants and Their Impact

Deer attractants are products, whether natural or manufactured, that can attract or entice deer. These include salt, minerals, and any product containing cervid urine (e.g., "doe in heat"), blood, gland oil, feces, or other bodily fluids.

Restricted Counties

Minnesota Deer Feeding Ban

Deer feeding and the use of deer attractants are prohibited in the following Minnesota counties:

  • Beltrami
  • Carver
  • Cass
  • Crow Wing
  • Dakota
  • Dodge
  • Fillmore
  • Goodhue
  • Hennepin
  • Houston
  • Hubbard
  • Itasca
  • Le Sueur
  • Mower
  • Norman
  • Olmsted
  • Polk
  • Rice
  • Scott
  • Sibley
  • Wabasha
  • Washington
  • Winona

Staying Informed

For comprehensive information about Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) and related regulations, please visit the DNR's official website at

Sign Up for Huntlink!

Huntlink is a free program that will allow us to send you state regulations to your email for the states you hunt in. The benefits of this are:

1. PDF Format - Downloadable

2. Able to be read with or without reception

3. Delivered right to your email with no ads

And much more!


The legal advice provided on Wild Advisor Pro is intended as a summary of the hunting, camping, hiking, and fishing laws and regulations and does not constitute legal language or professional advice. We make every effort to ensure the information is accurate and up to date, but it should not be relied upon as legal authority. For the most current and comprehensive explanation of the laws and regulations, please consult the official government websites or a qualified legal professional. Wild Advisor Pro is not responsible for any misunderstandings or misinterpretations of the information presented and shall not be held liable for any losses, damages, or legal disputes arising from the use of this summary information. Always check with the appropriate governmental authorities for the latest information regarding outdoor regulations and compliance.