Badger

Badger Hunting and Trapping

Has Youth Season

No

ND Resident Only

See Regulations

Lottery

No

Season Dates

Season Hunting Units Opens Closes Season Dates Status
Regular - Firearms, traps, archery equipment, pursue with dogs Statewide Finalized
Regular - Firearms at night Statewide Finalized
Regular - Cable Devices Statewide Finalized

License Requirements

General Trapping and Snaring Requirements

Except for residents under 16 years of age, a furbearer license is required to hunt or trap furbearers. Nonresidents may not take furbearers, except they may hunt fox and coyote if they possess a furbearer and nongame license. Exceptions: Residents of a state that allows North Dakota residents to trap within that state, may purchase a nonresident reciprocal trapping license to trap in this state. Nonresidents having this license may not take bobcats, mountain lions or fishers.

Hunters and trappers are required to purchase licenses, except any resident, or member of his or her family permanently residing with him or her, may hunt small game, trap or use cable devices during the open season without a license upon land owned or leased by him or her, but otherwise is governed by seasons, limits and all other regulations.

Residents do not need a license to take unprotected species of wildlife (prairie dogs, rabbits, skunks, ground squirrels). Nonresidents hunting only unprotected species of wildlife need only a nongame license.

Residents must possess the following licenses:

  • Fishing, Hunting, and Furbearer Certificate
  • Furbearer License (not required of residents under age 16), or
  • Combination License (includes Small Game, General Game and Habitat, Furbearer, and Fishing licenses)
  • Military - Upon presentation of valid leave papers and a valid North Dakota operator's license, a resident who is on leave and is an active duty as a member of the United States armed forces or the United States merchant marine may hunt small game, fish, or trap during the open season without a license.

Nonresidents

  • Bobcats, Mountain Lions, Fishers - may not be taken by nonresidents.
  • Badger, Beaver, Mink, Muskrat, Raccoon, Weasel - May be taken by nonresidents whose home state has a reciprocal trapping agreement with North Dakota.
    • Required licenses:
      Nonresident Fishing, Hunting, and Furbearer Certificate
      Nonresident Furbearer and Nongame License
  • Coyote, Fox (Red and Gray)
    • Required licenses:
      Nonresident Fishing, Hunting, and Furbearer Certificate
      Nonresident Furbearer and Nongame License

Regulations

Species Specific Regulations

Firearms, traps, archery equipment, pursue with dogs – Badger, coyote and fox (red and gray) may be hunted statewide using legal firearms, archery equipment or pursued with dogs during regular hunting hours. Badger, coyote and fox (red and gray) may be trapped statewide using legal traps (including foothold and body-gripping traps).

Cable devices – Badger, coyote and fox (red and gray) may be captured statewide using legal cable devices.

Firearms at night – Coyote and fox (red and gray) may be hunted at any hour. Any person who engages in coyote or fox hunting from 30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes before sunrise must hunt exclusively on foot. Use of night vision or thermal imaging equipment is allowed. Use of spotlights or any other artificial light, including infrared lights, are prohibited.

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department, along with the North Dakota Fur Hunters and Trappers Association, recommends that all traps be visually inspected and all captured animals be removed at no greater than 48-hour intervals, and that rubber gloves be worn for skinning and handling of all furbearers.