Bobcat

Bobcat Hunting and Trapping

Has Youth Season

No

ND Resident Only

Yes

Lottery

No
The dates listed below are tentative until the season's proclamation is signed. Closing dates will be posted after the proclamation is signed and dates are finalized.

Season Dates

Season Hunting Units Opens Closes Season Dates Status
Regular - Firearms, Traps, Archery Equipment South and west of the Missouri River only Finalized
Regular - Cable Devices, Pursue with Dogs South and west of the Missouri River only 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

Bobcat may only be harvested by North Dakota residents. Bobcat may only be harvested south and west of the Missouri River. The pelt and carcass of each bobcat must be presented to Department personnel for inspection and tagging no later than 14 days after the close of season, or prior to sale or transfer of possession, whichever comes first. No bobcat pelt will be tagged until the animal is skinned and presented with the intact carcass. The carcass shall remain the property of the Department. No person, taxidermist or fur dealer shall possess or purchase an untagged bobcat. When any part of the animal is mounted, if the tag is removed from the pelt, the tag must be securely fastened to the back or bottom of mount.

Firearms, traps, archery equipment - Bobcat may be hunted with legal firearms and archery equipment or trapped using legal traps (including footholds and body-gripping traps).

Cable devices, pursue with dogs – Bobcat may be captured using legal cable devices. Bobcats may also be pursued with dogs.

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.