Hunting Seasons

Hunting Season is always a special time of the year. Whether you are planning on waiting patiently in a deer stand to bag that trophy buck or sitting knee deep in the marsh hoping to bag a band. Being able to take advantage of all the hunting seasons is why The Waterfowl Hunter has put together the hunting dates for North Dakota.

These dates serve as a general guide for more specific hunting visit North Dakota Game & Fish Department.

Badger

Hunt TypeOpensCloses
Regular/Firearms, traps, archery equipment, pursue with dogsOpen Year-round
Regular/Cable DevicesNov. 21, 2016Mar. 15, 2017

Beaver

Hunt TypeOpensCloses
Regular/Firearms, traps, archery equipment, underwater cable devicesOpen Year-round
Regular/Cable Devices on landNov. 21, 2016Mar. 15, 2017
Regular/Cable Devices on land within 50 ft. of waterMar. 16, 2017May 10, 2017

Bighorn Sheep

Hunt TypeUnitsOpensCloses
RegularB1, B3, B4Oct. 27, 2017Tentative – Not Published
Bow OnlyB1, B3, B4Oct. 20, 2017Tentative – Not Published

Bobcat

Hunt TypeUnitsOpensCloses
Regular – Firearms, Traps, Archery EquipmentSouth and West of the Missouri River onlyNov. 5, 2016May 15, 2017
Regular/Cable Devices, Pursue with DogsSouth and West of the Missouri River onlyNov. 21, 2016May 15, 2017

Canada Geese

Hunt TypeUnitsOpensCloses
Early SeasonStatewideAug. 14, 2017Tentative – Not Published
Early SeasonMissouri River ZoneAug. 14, 2017Tentative – Not Published
Regular – Resident OnlyStatewideSep. 23, 2017Tentative – Not Published
Regular – Resident OnlyMissouri River ZoneSep. 23, 2017Tentative – Not Published
Regular – NonresidentStatewideSep. 30, 2017Tentative – Not Published
Regular – NonresidentMissouri River ZoneSep. 30, 2017Tentative – Not Published

Coot

Hunt TypeUnitsOpensCloses
Regular – Resident OnlyHigh Plains UnitSep. 23, 2017Tentative – Not Published
Regular – NonresidentHigh Plains UnitSep. 30, 2017Tentative – Not Published
Regular – NonresidentLow Plains UnitSep. 30, 2017Tentative – Not Published
RegularHigh Plains UnitDec. 9, 2017Tentative – Not Published
Regular – Resident OnlyLow Plains UnitSep. 23, 2017Tentative – Not Published

Coyote

Hunt TypeOpensCloses
Regular/Firearms, traps, archery equipment, pursue with dogsOpen Year-round
Regular/Cable devicesNov. 21, 2016Mar. 15, 2017
Hunting at any Hour/FirearmsNov. 21, 2016Mar. 15, 2017

Crow

Hunt TypeOpensCloses
Spring – RegularMar. 11, 2017Apr. 23, 2017
Fall – RegularAug. 19, 2017Tentative – Not Published

Doves

Hunt TypeOpensCloses
RegularSep. 1, 2017Tentative – Not Published

Ducks

Hunt TypeUnitsOpensCloses
Regular – Resident OnlyLow Plains UnitSep. 23, 2017Tentative – Not Published
Regular – Resident OnlyHigh Plains UnitSep. 23, 2017Tentative – Not Published
Regular – NonresidentLow Plains UnitSep. 30, 2017Tentative – Not Published
Regular – NonresidentHigh Plains UnitSep. 30, 2017Tentative – Not Published
RegularHigh Plains UnitDec. 9, 2017Tentative – Not Published
Youth Waterfowl SeasonStatewideSep. 16, 2017Tentative – Not Published

Elk

Hunt TypeUnitsOpensCloses
Bow OnlyE1, E2Sep. 1, 2017Tentative – Not Published
RegularE1, E2Oct. 6, 2017Tentative – Not Published
RegularE3, E4Sep. 1, 2017Tentative – Not Published
RegularE5Sep. 1, 2017Tentative – Not Published

Fisher

Hunt TypeUnitsOpensCloses
RegularOpen areas onlyNov. 21, 2016Nov. 27, 2016

Fox (Red and Gray)

Hunt TypeOpensCloses
Regular/Cable devicesNov. 21, 2016Mar. 15, 2017
Hunting at Any Hour/FirearmsNov. 21, 2016Mar. 15, 2017
Regular/Firearms, traps, archery equipment, pursue with dogsOpen Year-round

Greater Prairie Chicken

Notice
There will be no pinnated grouse (greater prairie chicken) season this year due to low populations.

Ground Squirrel

Hunt TypeOpensCloses
RegularOpen Year-round

Hungarian Partidge

Hunt TypeOpensCloses
RegularSep. 9, 2017Tentative – Not Published

Light Geese

Hunt TypeOpensCloses
Spring ConservationFeb. 18, 2017May 4, 2017
Regular – Resident OnlySep. 23, 2017Tentative – Not Published
Regular – NonresidentSep. 30, 2017Tentative – Not Published

Mergansers

Hunt TypeUnitsOpensCloses
Regular – Resident OnlyLow Plains UnitSep. 23, 2017Tentative – Not Published
Regular – Resident OnlyHigh Plains UnitSep. 23, 2017Tentative – Not Published
Regular – NonresidentLow Plains UnitSep. 30, 2017Tentative – Not Published
Regular – NonresidentHigh Plains UnitSep. 30, 2017Tentative – Not Published
RegularHigh Plains UnitDec. 9, 2017Tentative – Not Published

Mink

Hunt TypeOpensCloses
Regular/TrapsOct. 22, 2016May 10, 2017
Regular/Cable devices, firearms, archery equipmentNov. 21, 2016May 10, 2017

Moose

Hunt TypeUnitsOpensCloses
RegularM8, M9, M10Oct. 6, 2017Tentative – Not Published
RegularM5, M6Nov. 17, 2017Tentative – Not Published
Bow OnlyM5, M6, M8, M9, M10Sep. 1, 2017Tentative – Not Published

Mountain Lion

Hunt TypeUnitsOpensCloses
Early Season/Firearms, archery equipmentZone 1Sep. 2, 2016Nov. 20, 2016
Late Season/Firearms, archery equipment, and pursuing with dogsZone 1Nov. 21, 2016Mar. 31, 2017
Conditional Season/Firearms and archery equipmentZone 1Mar. 31, 2017Tentative – Not Published
Regular/Firearms and archery equipment. Beginning November 21, mountain lions may also be harvested by pursuing with dogsZone 2Sep. 2, 2016Mar. 31, 2017

Mule and White-tailed Deer

Hunt TypeUnitsOpensCloses
BowStatewideSep. 9, 2017Tentative – Not Published
GunAll UnitsNov. 10, 2017Tentative – Not Published
MuzzleloaderStatewideDec. 1, 2017Tentative – Not Published
Youth SeasonStatewideSep. 15, 2017Tentative – Not Published

Muskrat

Hunt TypeOpensCloses
Regular/TrapsOct. 22, 2016May 10, 2017
Regular/Cable Devices, firearms, archery equipmentNov. 21, 2016May 10, 2017

Pronghorn

Hunt TypeUnitsOpensCloses
Bow Only1A, 2A, 2B, 3A, 4A, 4CSep. 1, 2017Tentative – Not Published
Regular1A, 2A, 2B, 3A, 4A, 4COct. 6, 2017Tentative – Not Published

Rabbit

Hunt TypeOpensCloses
RegularOpen Year-round

Raccoon

Hunt TypeOpensCloses
Regular/Firearms, traps, archery equipment, underwater cable devices, pursue with dogs (raccoon only)Open Year-round
Regular/Cable devices on landNov. 21, 2016Mar. 15, 2017
Regular/Cable devices on land within 50 ft. of waterMar. 16, 2017May 10, 2017

Ring-necked Pheasants

Hunt TypeOpensCloses
RegularOct. 14, 2017Tentative – Not Published
Youth SeasonOct. 07, 2017Tentative – Not Published

Ruffed Grouse

Hunt TypeUnitsOpensCloses
RegularBottineau, Rolette, Cavalier, Pembina and Walsh counties. Also that portion of the J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge in McHenry County lying South of the Upham-Willow City Road is open to ruffed grouse hunting.Sep. 9, 2017Tentative – Not Published

Sage Grouse

Notice
There will be no sage grouse season this year due to low populations.

Sandhill Crane

Hunt TypeUnitsOpensCloses
RegularUnit 1Sep. 16, 2017Tentative – Not Published
RegularUnit 2Sep. 16, 2017Tentative – Not Published

Sharp-tailed Grouse

Hunt TypeOpensCloses
RegularSep. 9, 2017Tentative – Not Published

Tree Squirrel

Hunt TypeOpensCloses
RegularSep. 9, 2017Tentative – Not Published

Tundra Swan

Hunt TypeOpensCloses
RegularSep. 30, 2017Tentative – Not Published

Turkey

Hunt TypeOpensCloses
Spring RegularApr. 8, 2017May 14, 2017
Fall – RegularOct. 14, 2017Tentative – Not Published
Youth Spring SeasonApr. 8, 2017May 14, 2014

Weasel

Hunt TypeOpensCloses
Regular/TrapsOct. 22, 2016Mar. 15, 2017
Regular/Firearms, cable devices, archery equipmentNov. 21, 2016Mar. 15, 2017

White-fronted Geese

Hunt TypeOpensCloses
Regular – Resident onlySep. 23, 2017Tentative – Not Published
Regular – NonresidentSep. 30, 2017Tentative – Not Published

Wilson’s Snipe

Hunt TypeOpensCloses
RegularSep. 16, 2017Tentative – Not Published

Woodcock

Hunt TypeOpensCloses
RegularSep. 23, 2017Tentative – Not Published

Prairie Dog

Hunt TypeOpensCloses
RegularOpen Year-round

Skunk

Hunt TypeOpensCloses
RegularOpen Year-round