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2013 Small Game Regulations Set

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

2013 Small Game and Furbearer Regulations Set

North Dakota’s 2013 small game and furbearer regulations are set and most season structures are similar to last year.

Continued expansion of fishers in eastern North Dakota has allowed the Game and Fish Department to change from a quota system to a limited number of days with no quota. The season will run from Nov. 25 – Dec. 1. Fishers can only be taken by traps and cable devices. A limit of one fisher per person is allowed during this season.

This year, states can offer a possession limit of three times the daily bag limit for most migratory birds.

Prairie chicken and sage grouse seasons will remain closed due to low populations.

Only North Dakota residents are permitted to hunt waterfowl from Sept. 21-27. Nonresidents are allowed to hunt waterfowl in North Dakota beginning Sept. 28. Other waterfowl season details will be finalized in mid-August in the waterfowl amendment to the small game and furbearer proclamation.

In accordance with state law, nonresidents are not allowed to hunt on Game and Fish Department wildlife management areas or conservation PLOTS (Private Land Open To Sportsmen) areas from Oct. 12-18.

Hunters should refer to the North Dakota 2013-14 Small Game and Furbearer guides (available mid-August) for more details on small game and furbearer seasons. Waterfowl regulations will be available in early September.

 

 Species

Opens

Closes

Daily Limit

Poss Limit

Crows (fall)

 

Aug. 10

Oct. 20

No limit

No limit

Early Canada Goose

 

Aug. 15

Sept. 15 (Sept. 7 Missouri River Zone)

15

45

Mountain lion zone 1 early (zone quota 14)

 

Aug. 30

Nov. 24 (or when zone quota is reached)

Season limit of 1 per hunter

 

Mountain lion zone 1 late

(zone quota 7)

 

Nov. 25

March 31 (or when zone quota is reached)

Season limit of 1 per hunter

 

Mountain lion zone 2

 

Aug. 30

March 31

Season limit of 1 per hunter

 

Doves

 

Sept. 1

Oct. 30

15

45

Hungarian partridge

 

Sept. 14

Jan. 5

3

12

Sharp-tailed grouse

 

Sept. 14

Jan. 5

3

12

Ruffed grouse

 

Sept. 14

Jan. 5

3

12

Tree squirrels

Sept. 14

Jan. 5

4

12

 

Sandhill crane unit 1

 

Sept. 14

Nov. 10

3

9

Sandhill crane unit 2

 

Sept. 14

Nov. 10

2

6

Snipe

 

Sept. 14

Dec. 1

8

24

Woodcock

 

Sept. 21

Nov. 4

3

9

Tundra swan

 

Sept. 28

Dec. 29

Season limit of 1 per hunter

 

 

Pheasants

 

Oct. 12

Jan. 5

3

12

Weasel trapping

 

Oct. 26

March 15

 

 

Mink, Muskrat trapping

Oct. 26

April 30

 

 

 

Fisher trapping

 

Nov. 25

December 1

Season limit of 1 per trapper