Minnesota Statue 97A requires that any person, unless exempt, must purchase a license to hunt and fish in Minnesota. Hunting and fishing certain species or in certain areas may also require the purchase of a stamp.
All applicants must be present unless a combination license is purchased.
Most hunting and fishing licenses and stamps go on sale in mid-February. Big game licenses go on sale in mid-August. The firearms deer season begins in early November.
Service and license centers are open for walk-ins starting July 13. However, making an appointment is encouraged.
Precautions for staff and visitors
- Dakota County requires both staff AND visitors to wear a mask at the Dakota County facilities. If you do not have a mask, we will provide you with one.
- Keep a distance of at least 6 feet from others.
- If you have had a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, shortness of breath, muscle aches, sore throat, or a new or increased cough in the last seven days OR if you have had close contact with someone who was diagnosed or suspected to have COVID-19 within the last 14 days, do not visit a county facility for an appointment. If you display these symptoms during your appointment, you will be required to leave the facility.
Fees vary based on the type of license or stamp purchased.
At the Lakeville, Burnsville and Robert Trail license centers, cash, check, money orders, and credit or debit cards (Discover, Visa or MasterCard) are accepted.
To purchase a resident license, you must provide proof of Minnesota residency (a valid Minnesota driver's license or identification card) or a Firearm Safety Certificate.
Non-residents must provide a driver’s license or state identification card from their state of residence.
There are no required forms to purchase a game or fishing license.