Deer gun, pronghorn gun, moose, elk, bighorn sheep, tundra swan and wild turkey licenses are issued by lottery and require special application procedures. Go to Online Services to learn what lottery licenses are available at the present time or download and print an application.
- Fishing, Hunting, Furbearer Certificate (prerequisite for all hunting and fishing licenses) - $1. Need only purchase one per year.
- General Game and Habitat License (prerequisite for all hunting licenses except furbearer) - $13. Need only purchase one per year.
- Fishing License (16 or older) - $10; under 16 not required, except for paddlefish tags, which are required for all paddlefish snaggers.
- Husband/Wife Fishing License - $14
- Senior Citizen Fishing License (65 or older) - $3
- Totally or Permanently Disabled Fishing License - $3; proof of disability required.
- Paddlefish - $3
- Combination License (age 16 or older) - $32; includes fishing, general game and habitat, small game and furbearer licenses.
- Small Game License (age 16 or older) - $6; for upland species such as pheasant and grouse.
- Sandhill Crane Permit - $5; small game license also required for those 16 years and older.
- Deer Gun (1st lottery) - $20
- Youth Deer Gun (under age 16) - $10
- Deer Bow License (age 16 or older) - $20
- Youth Deer Bow (under age 16) - $ 10
- Pronghorn Gun (1st lottery) - $20
- Youth Pronghorn Gun (under age 16) - $10
- Pronghorn Bow License (age 16 or older) - $20
- Youth Pronghorn Bow (under age 16) - $10
- Furbearer (trapping/hunting) License (16 or older) - $7
- Wild Turkey, Spring and Fall (1st lottery) - $8; small game license also required for those 16 years and older.
Who is eligible for a North Dakota resident license?
A person who has actually lived in the state of North Dakota or maintained his legal residence therein for the past six months. Exceptions:
- A Waiver of Residency allows a person who will be living in North Dakota for a minimum of one year or who intends to become a resident to be eligible to purchase non-lottery licenses such as fishing, small game, and furbearer at resident prices.
- Military Exception. Military personnel in the state on duty or leave are eligible for a similar waiver to the one listed above. Also, a North Dakota resident, in the armed forces stationed outside the state, upon showing proof of residency, may receive a deer gun license without being subject to the license lottery. To apply you must meet these requirements:
- Maintain North Dakota as your state of residence.
- You must be stationed outside of North Dakota.
- Fill out and send in a deer application with the following items: A check or money order for $20, a copy of your orders showing where you are stationed, a copy of your current driver's license or pay stub showing the state where you pay taxes. Contact our licensing section at 701-328-6335 for more information.
- Nonresident youth hunting licenses. A nonresident under age 16 need only purchase a North Dakota resident fishing, hunting and furbearer certificate and a North Dakota resident general game and habitat license to hunt small game and waterfowl except swans and wild turkeys; provided, that the nonresident's state, or province or territory of Canada, of residence provides a reciprocal licensing agreement for North Dakota residents who are also under age 16. (Currently states of Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin qualify.) To be eligible, a nonresident youth may not have turned sixteen before September 1 of the year for which the license is issued and must possess a certificate of completion for a certified hunter education course. The nonresident youth may only hunt under the supervision of an adult family member or legal guardian who is licensed to hunt small game or waterfowl in this state and is subject to the same regulations as the adult family member or legal guardian.
- Nonresident full-time state or tribal college students living in North Dakota and attending a North Dakota institution of higher learning under the jurisdiction of the Board of Higher Education, a private institution, or a tribal college may qualify to purchase non-lottery resident licenses. Contact the Department for details.