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Mule Deer Buck

White-tailed and Mule Deer

Has Youth Season
ND Resident Only

  • Online lottery applications for the gun seasons are generally made available in early May.
  • 780 any-deer bow licenses are available to nonresidents in 2021. Applicants can apply online between Mar. 15 and Apr. 15, 2021.
  • Landowners interested in a 2021 deer gratis license can apply online beginning April 1, 2021. The deadline to apply for a gratis tag is the same as the deadline to apply for the deer gun lottery.

  • Special Allocation Lottery Applications for the 2022 season are due Jan. 1, 2022.

Season Dates

Season Dates
Season Hunting Units Opens Closes Season Dates Status
Bow Statewide Finalized
Youth Season Statewide Finalized
Regular All Units Finalized
Muzzleloader Statewide Finalized

Lottery Information

Application Deadline: (Date Finalized)

License Requirements

Residents must possess the following licenses:

  • Fishing, Hunting and Furbearer Certificate
  • General Game and Habitat License or
  • Combination License, (includes Small Game, General Game and Habitat, Furbearer, and Fishing licenses)
  • Deer License

Nonresidents must possess the following licenses:

  • Nonresident Fishing, Hunting and Furbearer Certificate
  • General Game and Habitat License
  • Deer License

Military Deer Gun Licenses

  • A resident of North Dakota who is a member of the United States Armed Forces stationed outside this state, who shows proof of North Dakota residency, including a driver’s license number or a non-driver photo identification number from this state, and who pays the appropriate licensing fee, is eligible to be issued a deer gun season license without having to participate in the lottery.
  • North Dakota residents who were on federal active duty with the U.S. Armed Forces under Title 10, stationed outside of the state during the previous year’s deer gun season, and who received the expeditionary medal or campaign badge, and submit an application and appropriate license fee by the deer gun application deadline, are eligible for one white-tailed deer gun license in the unit of their choice, without having to participate in the lottery. Applications received after the deer gun deadline will be issued licenses based on availability.