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Herd Reduction Areas

Please note, many of the herd reduction areas require a special access permit before hunting those areas. Please contact the managing authority for each area to obtain your access permit before purchasing a herd reduction tag.

  • Private land south and east of the City of Bismarck in Burleigh County is described as follows: starting where the southwest boundary of the city limits of Bismarck joins the east bank of the Missouri River, then following the city limits of Bismarck easterly to the point where it meets the west bank of Apple Creek in the northeast one-quarter of Section 26, Township 138 North, Range 80 West, then following the west bank of Apple Creek in a general southwest direction to its junction with the north boundary of Apple Creek Wildlife Management Area and then west and south along the WMA boundary to the Missouri River, then following the east bank of the Missouri River to the point of origin. (This does not include the NDDOCR property). No access permit is required but hunters must seek landowner permission before hunting
  • That land within the city of Bismarck designated by the Bismarck Chief of Police. Hunters who desire to hunt within the city limits of Bismarck must receive a trespass permit from the Bismarck Chief of Police (701-223-1212). City of Bismarck permit holders will be restricted to those dates and locations specified on the trespass permit(s). No orange clothing is required when hunting within the Special Herd Reduction areas unless required by city officials within city limits. In addition, hunters may use their Deer Bow license during the Deer Bow season (September 3, 2021 through January 2, 2022).
  • Private land in Morton County located adjacent to the city of Mandan, starting where the southeast boundary of the city limits of Mandan joins the west bank of the Missouri River, then following the west bank of the Missouri River, in a general southwest direction to a point where it meets the east bank of the Heart River, then following the east bank of the Heart River north to its junction with the southern boundary of the city limits of Mandan then following the city limits easterly to the point of origin. No access permit required but hunters must seek landowner permission.
  • USDA-ARS Northern Great Plains Research Lab in Mandan. Application for the lottery for these access permits will be available at www.ars.usda.gov/plains-area/mandan-nd/ngprl/. In addition, hunters may use their Deer Bow license during the Deer Bow season (September 3, 2021 through January 2, 2022).
  • ND Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation land south of Bismarck. Hunters must first obtain a NDDOCR access permit before hunting on NDDOCR land. Only 25 access permits will be granted to archery hunters and access permits are only available through the NDDOCR. Details, including areas open to hunting, will be determined by the NDDOCR. Hunters must comply with all other applicable archery rules and regulations.
  • Additional special experimental deer bow seasons will be held in portions of the City of Fargo and adjacent areas, including privately owned land. Hunters who desire to hunt within the city limits of Fargo must receive a Fargo City Deer Management Permit from the City of Fargo (701-241-1437). A maximum of 90 antlerless Special Deer Bow Season licenses (available on the Department’s website) will be issued for hunting in the City of Fargo and adjacent areas. Each Fargo City Deer Management Permit holder may initially receive up to two Special Deer Bow Season licenses. Hunters must submit applications to the Department’s Bismarck office along with a copy of their Fargo City Deer Management Permit and $30 for each license. Any remaining un-issued licenses after October 31 can be purchased by Fargo City Deer Management Permit holders on a first-come, first-served basis. The season shall open at 12:00 (noon) Central Time, September 3, 2021 and close 30 minutes after sunset January 31, 2022. Specific details including areas open to hunting will be determined by the City of Fargo. No orange clothing is required when hunting within the city limits of Fargo. Hunters must comply with all other applicable archery rules and regulations issued by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.