Species Specific Regulations
Bobcat may only be harvested by North Dakota residents. Zone 1 includes land west of US Highway 83 from the Canadian border to the South Dakota border. Zone 2 is the remainder of the state not described as Zone 1. 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 and remain there. The bobcat pelt must be removed from the carcass prior to presenting the bobcat to Department personnel for tagging. No bobcat pelt will be tagged until the animal is skinned and presented with the entire carcass, including the head. The carcass shall remain the property of the Department.
Zone 1 - Firearms, pre-charged pneumatic air guns, archery equipment (including crossbows), traps – Opens: November 6 – Closes: March 15, 2022. Beginning November 22, bobcats can also be harvested with the use of a cable device (snares) or pursuing with dogs. There is no limit on the number of bobcats that can be taken per person. The pelt and carcass of each bobcat must be presented to Game and Fish Department personnel for inspection and tagging no later than 14 days after the close of the season (March 29, 2022), or prior to sale or transfer of possession, whichever comes first.
Zone 2 – Firearms, pre-charged pneumatic air guns, archery equipment (including crossbows), traps, cable devices (snares), pursuing with dogs – Opens: November 22 – Closes: March 15, 2022. The limit is one bobcat per person. Harvesters must contact the local game warden or Department field office to report their harvest within 12 hours and make arrangements to have the bobcat tagged. Harvest may be no more than 8 bobcats in Zone 2. Once the harvest limit of 8 bobcats is reached, the season will close immediately. The Department will inform the public of this closure through the media.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department, along with the North Dakota Fur Takers 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.
Best Management Practices
(Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies)