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Elk herd

Elk Hunting

Has Youth Season
No
ND Resident Only
See Regulations
Lottery
Yes
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.

Online lottery applications should be available in early March.

Season Dates

Season Dates
Season Hunting Units Opens Closes Season Dates Status
Regular Tentative
Bow Tentative

Lottery Information

Application Deadline: (Date Tentative)

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)
  • Elk License

Nonresidents:

  • Nonresidents may participate in the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation elk license raffle. Contact RMEF for raffle tickets.
  • A nonresident successful in winning the raffle license must also purchase the following:
    • Nonresident Fishing, Hunting and Furbearer Certificate
    • General Game and Habitat License

Regulations

--- The following is from the 2020 season. This information will be updated for 2021 after the 2021 proclamation has been signed. ---

Other Unit/Season Specific Restrictions for Elk

Units E1E, E1W, E2, E6 Bow Season: Must use legal archery equipment during bow season. Restricted to unit and type of elk as designated on license. License holders are also able to hunt during the regular season (any legal firearm or bow).

Units E1E, E1W, E2 Regular Season: Any legal firearm or bow. License holders are also able to hunt during the bow season (bows only) but are restricted to unit and type of elk designated on license.

Units E3, E4 Regular Season: Any legal firearm or bow. Lottery license holders may hunt in either unit beginning September 7. Landowner preference license holders may hunt only in their unit.

Unit E5 Regular Season: Any legal firearm or bow. Open to all general lottery license holders from all units. Hunters may take only the type of elk described on their license.

Unit E6 Regular Season: Restricted to unit and type of elk designated on license. Any legal firearm or bow. License holders are also able to hunt during the bow season (bows only).