About Hunting in North ‌Dakota‌

North Dakota is best known for deer hunting but it offers other big game like Elk, Bighorn sheep, Moose, Mountain Lion, and Pronghorn. They also have spring and fall Turkey seasons. They have Furbearers such as badgers, beaver, bobcat, and coyote. The state has just 5% (2.1 million acres) of its land in public ownership. The state isn’t very populated and has a low hunter population as well so your chances of getting a trophy quality deer are very high here! Some of the best counties to hunt are Burleigh, McHenry, McKenzie, McLean, Mountrail, Ward, and Williams. North Dakota has very cold winters so plan on layering your clothes!

North Dakota White-tailed / Mule Deer Hunting 2021 – 2022

SeasonOpen AreasDates
BowStatewideSept 3 – Jan 2, 2022
Youth SeasonStatewideSept 17 – 26, 2021
RegularAll UnitsNov 5 – 21, 2021
MuzzleloaderStatewideNov 26 – Dec 12, 2021

BAG LIMIT
• Party hunting is not allowed.
• Any deer with at least one visible antler is considered an antlered deer.
• Resident deer bow license holders may take and possess one deer of any type per season, except as stated for special deer bowhunting areas.
• Nonresident deer bow license holders may take and possess one deer of the type described on their license.
• Residents ages 11, 12 and 13 in 2021 may take and possess one antlerless white-tailed deer.
• Youth deer license holders ages 14 and 15 in 2021 may take and possess one deer of any species, sex or age, except in units 3B1, 3B2, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E and 4F where a special license is required to hunt antlered mule deer.
• Deer gun license holders may take and possess one deer of the type described on their license.
• Muzzleloader license holders may take and possess one white-tailed deer of the type described on their license.
• Resident gratis and nonresident landowner license holders may take and possess one deer as described on their license.

Residents must possess the following licenses:

  • Fishing, Hunting and Furbearer Certificate
  • General Game and Habitat License or
  • Combination License, (includes Small Game, General Game and Habitat, Furbearer, and Fishing licenses)
  • Deer License

Nonresidents must possess the following licenses:

  • Nonresident Fishing, Hunting and Furbearer Certificate
  • General Game and Habitat License
  • Deer License

North Dakota Turkey Hunting 2021 – 2022

*All Open Units

SeasonDates
Spring RegularApr 10 – May 16, 2021
Spring – YouthApr 10 – May 16, 2021
Fall – RegularOct 9 – Jan 2, 2022

*Spring is only open to North Dakota residents.

North Dakota Resident Hunting License Costs 2021

Deer gun, moose, elk, bighorn sheep, tundra swan and wild turkey licenses are issued by lottery and require special application procedures.

TypeFee
Combination License (age 16 or older)* – includes fishing, general game and habitat, small game and furbearer licenses.$52
Fishing, Hunting, Furbearer Certificate (need only purchase one per year)
(Prerequisite for all hunting and fishing licenses)
$1
General Game and Habitat License (need only purchase one per year)
(Prerequisite for all hunting licenses except furbearer)
$20
Wild Turkey, spring and fall (1st lottery) – small game license also required for those age 16 and older.$15
Licensing Requirements Quick Reference

North Dakota Resident Hunting License Costs 2021

Deer gun, bighorn sheep and tundra swan licenses are issued by lottery and require special application procedures. 

TypeFee
Deer Gun (1st Lottery) – Includes a $5 nonrefundable application fee. All but application fee is refunded if application is unsuccessful. After second lottery is held, a nonresident deer gun license is $50, if available.$255
Deer Bow$250
Fishing, Hunting, Furbearer Certificate (need only purchase one per year)
(Prerequisite for all hunting and fishing licenses except spring light goose and early Canada goose licenses)
$2
General Game and Habitat License (need only purchase one per year)
(Prerequisite for all hunting licenses (except furbearer, nongame, spring light goose and early Canada goose)
$20
Fall Wild Turkey – after the first lottery has been held, if licenses remain, nonresidents may purchase a fall wild turkey license.$80

*Nonresidents may not hunt on lands owned or leased by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, including state wildlife management areas and Private Lands Open To Sportsmen (PLOTS), for the first week of pheasant season. This restriction applies to all types of hunting, not just pheasants. This restriction does not apply to lands owned or managed by other state agencies that may be open to hunting, such as state school lands, federal lands that may be open to hunting, such as U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service waterfowl production areas, or to private lands not enrolled in the Game and Fish PLOTS program.

Links to Official Sites

State Regulation Site

Hunting Licenses and Permits

North Dakota Hunting Regulations PDF