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Bobcat Hunting and Trapping

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Season Dates

Season Dates
Season Hunting Units Opens Closes Season Dates Status
Regular - Firearms, pre-charged pneumatic air guns, archery equipment (including crossbows), traps Zone 1 Finalized
Regular - Firearms, pre-charged pneumatic air guns, archery equipment (including crossbows), traps, cable devices (snares), pursuing with dogs Zone 2 Finalized

License Requirements

General 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, river otters 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 must possess the following licenses:

  • Bobcats, Mountain Lions, Fishers, River Otter - May not be taken by nonresidents.
  • Badger, Beaver, Mink, Muskrat, Raccoon, Weasel - May only be taken with traps or cable devices by nonresidents whose home state has a reciprocal trapping agreement with North Dakota.
    • Required licenses:
      • Nonresident Fishing, Hunting, and Furbearer Certificate
      • Nonresident Reciprocal Trapping License
  • Coyote, Fox (Red and Gray)
    • Required licenses:
      • Nonresident Fishing, Hunting, and Furbearer Certificate
      • Nonresident Furbearer and Nongame License (to hunt) or Nonresident Reciprocal Trapping License (to take with traps or cable devices)

Regulations

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 fi eld offi ce 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)


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