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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
Season Tentative Open Date
Spring Turkey April 10
Dove September 1
Deer and Pronghorn Bow, Mountain Lion September 3
Sharptail, Hun, Ruffed Grouse, Squirrel September 11
Youth Deer September 17
Youth Waterfowl September 18
Early Resident Waterfowl September 25
Pronghorn Gun October 1
Regular Waterfowl, Youth Pheasant October 2
Pheasant, Fall Turkey October 9
Mink, Muskrat, Weasel Trapping October 23
Deer Gun November 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

Open Year-round Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Badger

Regular - Cable Devices

Statewide

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Badger

Beaver

Regular - Cable devices on land

Statewide

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Beaver

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

Statewide

Open Year-round Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Beaver

Bighorn Sheep

Regular

UNITS B1, B3, B4

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedLottery Deadline: Lottery Deadline Date Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Bighorn Sheep

Bobcat

Regular - Firearms, Traps, Archery Equipment

Open area only

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Bobcat

Regular - Cable Devices, Pursue with Dogs

Open area only

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Bobcat

Canada Geese

Regular - Nonresident

Missouri River Zone

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Canada Geese

Western Zone

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Canada Geese

Eastern Zone

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Canada Geese

Regular - Resident

Western Zone

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Canada Geese

Eastern Zone

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Canada Geese

Missouri River Zone

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Canada Geese

Coyote

Regular - Night hunting

Statewide

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Coyote

Regular - Day hunting, traps

Statewide

Open Year-round Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Coyote

Regular - Cable devices

Statewide

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Coyote

Crow

Spring - Regular

Statewide

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Crow

Fall - Regular

Statewide

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Crow

Doves

Regular

Statewide

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Doves

Ducks and Coots

Regular - Resident

High Plains Unit (1)

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Ducks and Coots

Low Plains Unit

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Ducks and Coots

Regular - Nonresident

Low Plains Unit

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Ducks and Coots

High Plains Unit (1)

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Ducks and Coots

Regular - Resident/Nonresident

High Plains Unit (2)

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Ducks and Coots

Veteran/Active Military Personnel Waterfowl Season

Statewide

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Ducks and Coots

Elk

Regular

UNIT E6

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedLottery Deadline: Lottery Deadline Date Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Elk

UNIT E6

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedLottery Deadline: Lottery Deadline Date Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Elk

UNITS E1E, E2

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedLottery Deadline: Lottery Deadline Date Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Elk

UNIT E1W

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedLottery Deadline: Lottery Deadline Date Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Elk

UNITS E3, E4

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedLottery Deadline: Lottery Deadline Date Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Elk

UNIT E5

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedLottery Deadline: Lottery Deadline Date Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Elk

Bow

UNITS E1E, E1W, E2, E6

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedLottery Deadline: Lottery Deadline Date Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Elk

Fisher

Regular - Traps, cable devices

Open Area Only

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Fisher

Fox (Red and Gray)

Regular - Night hunting

Statewide

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Fox (Red and Gray)

Regular - Cable devices

Statewide

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Fox (Red and Gray)

Regular - Day hunting, traps

Statewide

Open Year-round Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Fox (Red and Gray)

Hungarian Partridge

Regular

Statewide

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Hungarian Partridge

Light Geese

Regular - Resident

Statewide

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Light Geese

Regular - Nonresident

Statewide

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Light Geese

Mergansers

Regular - Resident

Low Plains Unit

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Mergansers

High Plains Unit (1)

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Mergansers

Regular - Nonresident

Low Plains Unit

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Mergansers

High Plains Unit (1)

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Mergansers

Regular - Resident/Nonresident

High Plains Unit (2)

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Mergansers

Mink

Regular - Traps

Statewide

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Mink

Cable Devices, Firearms, Archery Equipment

Statewide

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Mink

Moose

Regular

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

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedLottery Deadline: Lottery Deadline Date Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Moose

Bow

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

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedLottery Deadline: Lottery Deadline Date Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Moose

Mountain Lion

Conditional Season

Zone 1

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Mountain Lion

Late Season

Zone 1

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Mountain Lion