National Forest Lands in Minnesota
National forest lands in Minnesota are open to various public uses, including camping, hunting, fishing, trapping, snowmobiling, and off-highway vehicle (OHV) use with some restrictions. Here are some regulations for hunting on national forest lands:
- Minnesota state hunting, fishing, trapping, snowmobiling, and OHV regulations apply on national forest lands.
- Special designation areas within national forests may have additional restrictions.
- It is prohibited to construct, place, or maintain any structure or enclosure on national forest land without authorization.
- Portable stands that are not enclosed with walls or a roof and do not damage natural features are allowed from August 15 to December 31.
- Portable stands and blinds left unattended on national forest lands after the close of the hunting season are subject to impoundment.
- Cross-country or off-road OHV use for any purpose is prohibited.
- Commercial activities such as outfitting and guiding may not be conducted without a Special-Use Authorization issued by national forest management.
- Cutting or damaging of trees, including the cutting of shooting lanes, is prohibited.
- Constructing, placing, or maintaining any kind of road, trail, structure, or other improvement is prohibited.
- Storing or abandoning any personal property on national forest lands is prohibited.
- Discharging a firearm within 150 yards of a residence, building, campsite, developed recreation site, or occupied area is not allowed on national forest land.
- Dumping of any refuse, debris, trash, or litter on national forest lands is prohibited.
- Damaging or removing any natural/cultural feature or federal property is prohibited.
- Fire restrictions must be observed when in effect.
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