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North Dakota Hunting Seasons


2021 Tentative Season Dates

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department annually provides its best estimate for opening dates to help hunters prepare for hunting seasons.

Dates become official when approved by governor’s proclamation. Tentative opening dates for 2021 include:

2021 Tentative Season Opening Dates
SeasonTentative Open Date
Spring TurkeyApril 10
DoveSeptember 1
Deer and Pronghorn Bow, Mountain LionSeptember 3
Sharptail, Hun, Ruffed Grouse, SquirrelSeptember 11
Youth DeerSeptember 17
Youth WaterfowlSeptember 18
Early Resident WaterfowlSeptember 25
Pronghorn GunOctober 1
Regular Waterfowl, Youth PheasantOctober 2
Pheasant, Fall TurkeyOctober 9
Mink, Muskrat, Weasel TrappingOctober 23
Deer GunNovember 5

2020 Season Dates

The following is a listing of North Dakota Hunting Seasons (alphabetical by species). Note: Species that have youth seasons or split spring/fall seasons will be listed multiple times in the species selection box.

Note: Dates listed as TENTATIVE are subject to change until their proclamation has been signed.

Be sure to select the correct date range as many seasons cross the calendar year.
For example:

  • The 2017-2018 pheasant season was from 10/07/2017 – 01/07/2018.
  • The 2018-2019 pheasant season dates are 10/06/2018-01/06/2019.

Badger

Regular - Day hunting, traps

Statewide

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Regular - Cable Devices

Statewide

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Beaver

Regular - Cable devices on land

Statewide

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedMore Hunting Information

Regular - Cable devices on land within 50 feet of water

Statewide

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedMore Hunting Information

Regular - Firearms, traps, underwater cable devices, archery equipment

Statewide

Open Year-round Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedMore Hunting Information

Bighorn Sheep

Regular

UNITS B1, B3, B4

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Bobcat

Regular - Firearms, Traps, Archery Equipment

Open area only

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedMore Hunting Information

Regular - Cable Devices, Pursue with Dogs

Open area only

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedMore Hunting Information

Canada Geese

Regular - Nonresident

Missouri River Zone

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedMore Hunting Information

Western Zone

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedMore Hunting Information

Eastern Zone

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedMore Hunting Information

Regular - Resident

Eastern Zone

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedMore Hunting Information

Western Zone

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedMore Hunting Information

Missouri River Zone

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedMore Hunting Information

Coyote

Regular - Night hunting

Statewide

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedMore Hunting Information

Regular - Day hunting, traps

Statewide

Open Year-round Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedMore Hunting Information

Regular - Cable devices

Statewide

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedMore Hunting Information

Crow

Spring - Regular

Statewide

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedMore Hunting Information

Fall - Regular

Statewide

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedMore Hunting Information

Doves

Regular

Statewide

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedMore Hunting Information

Ducks and Coots

Regular - Resident

High Plains Unit (1)

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedMore Hunting Information

Low Plains Unit

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedMore Hunting Information

Veteran/Active Military Personnel Waterfowl Season

Statewide

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedMore Hunting Information

Regular - Nonresident

Low Plains Unit

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedMore Hunting Information

High Plains Unit (1)

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedMore Hunting Information

Regular - Resident/Nonresident

High Plains Unit (2)

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedMore Hunting Information

Elk

Regular

UNIT E6

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UNIT E6

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UNITS E1E, E2

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UNIT E1W

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UNITS E3, E4

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UNIT E5

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Bow

UNITS E1E, E1W, E2, E6

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Fisher

Regular - Traps, cable devices

Open Area Only

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Fox (Red and Gray)

Regular - Night hunting

Statewide

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedMore Hunting Information

Regular - Cable devices

Statewide

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedMore Hunting Information

Regular - Day hunting, traps

Statewide

Open Year-round Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedMore Hunting Information

Hungarian Partridge

Regular

Statewide

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedMore Hunting Information

Light Geese

Regular - Resident

Statewide

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedMore Hunting Information

Regular - Nonresident

Statewide

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedMore Hunting Information

Mergansers

Regular - Resident/Nonresident

High Plains Unit (2)

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedMore Hunting Information

Regular - Resident

Low Plains Unit

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedMore Hunting Information

High Plains Unit (1)

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedMore Hunting Information

Regular - Nonresident

Low Plains Unit

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedMore Hunting Information

High Plains Unit (1)

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedMore Hunting Information

Mink

Regular - Traps

Statewide

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedMore Hunting Information

Cable Devices, Firearms, Archery Equipment

Statewide

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedMore Hunting Information

Moose

Regular

UNITS M5, M6, M8, M9, M10, M11

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Bow

UNITS M5, M6, M8, M9, M10, M11

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Mountain Lion

Late Season

Zone 1

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