Minnesota DNR offers a wide range of military benefits

A wide range of military benefits are available from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources,

The DNR is recognized as a Yellow Ribbon Company. In appreciation of and support for your military service, the DNR extends certain outdoor recreation benefits. To find out which license, permit or pass you are eligible for please use the selector tool in the link below. If you still have questions call the DNR information or license center at (888)646-6367.

All the details and a questionnaire are available in a new, easy-to-use webpage at Military benefits

“This is a great time of year for veterans and service members who hunt to explore the license benefits offered by the DNR,” said Steve Michaels, licensing program director. “The DNR appreciates and supports military service, and the new webpage includes a tool that allows users to quickly find what benefits may apply.”

There are outdoor recreation benefits that span the entire year, and with hunting seasons around the corner, timely examples include free deer and small game licenses available to some veterans and service members.

Several wildlife management areas are accessible by wheelchair. To search for these, visit http://www.mndnr.gov/wmas and click the “Wheelchair Accessible” box in the search tool.

Military benefits extend beyond hunting opportunities.

  • Veterans and service members who are anglers can in some cases take
    fish without a license.
  • Nonresident service members can buy resident licenses if they’re stationed in the state.
  • Veterans with a 100 percent service-connected permanent disability can get a permanent angling license.

Additional benefits Include:

  • Cross country ski passes
  • Minnesota state park vehicle permits
  • Subscriptions to the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazine.


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