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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.

Mountain Lion

Late Season

Zone 1

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

Regular Season 

Zone 2

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

Early season

Zone 1

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

Deer, Mule and White-tailed

Muzzleloader

Statewide

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedLottery Deadline: Lottery Deadline Date Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Deer, Mule and White-tailed

Regular

All Units

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedLottery Deadline: Lottery Deadline Date Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Deer, Mule and White-tailed

Bow

Statewide

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Deer, Mule and White-tailed

Muskrat

Regular - Traps

Statewide

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

Regular - Cable Devices, Firearms, Archery Equipment

Statewide

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

Pronghorn

Gun or Bow

Units 1-A, 1-D, 2-A, 2-B, 3-A, 3-B, 4-A, 4-C, 5-A, 6-A, 7-A, 8-A, 10-A, 11-A, 13-A

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

Bow only

Units 1-A, 1-D, 2-A, 2-B, 3-A, 3-B, 4-A, 4-C, 5-A, 6-A, 7-A, 8-A, 10-A, 11-A, 13-A

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

Raccoon

Regular - Firearms, traps, underwater cable devices, archery equipment, pursue with dogs

Statewide

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

Regular - Cable devices on land within 50 ft. of water

Statewide

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

Regular - Cable devices on land

Statewide

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

Ring-necked Pheasants

Regular (Male Pheasants Only)

Statewide

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Ring-necked Pheasants

Ruffed Grouse

Regular

Restricted

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Ruffed Grouse

Sandhill Crane

Regular

Unit 1

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Sandhill Crane

Unit 2

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Sandhill Crane

Sharp-tailed Grouse

Regular

Statewide (see exception)

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Sharp-tailed Grouse

Tree Squirrel

Regular

Statewide

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Tree Squirrel

Tundra Swan

Regular

Statewide

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

Turkey

Fall - Regular

All Open Units

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

Weasel

Regular - Traps

Statewide

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

Firearms, Cable Devices, Archery Equipment

Statewide

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

White-fronted Geese

Regular - Resident

Statewide

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - White-fronted Geese

Regular - Nonresident

Statewide

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - White-fronted Geese

Wilson's Snipe

Regular

Statewide

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Wilson's Snipe

Woodcock

Regular

Statewide

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

Ring-necked Pheasants (Youth Season)

Youth

Statewide

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Ring-necked Pheasants (Youth Season)

Deer, Mule and White-tailed (Youth Season)

Youth Season

Statewide

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedLottery Deadline: Lottery Deadline Date Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Deer, Mule and White-tailed (Youth Season)

Turkey (Youth Spring Season)

Spring - Youth

All open units

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Turkey (Youth Spring Season)

Ducks (Youth Waterfowl Season)

Youth Waterfowl

Statewide

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Ducks (Youth Waterfowl Season)

Light Geese (Spring Conservation Order)

Spring Conservation Order

Statewide

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Light Geese (Spring Conservation Order)

Turkey (Spring Season)

Spring Regular

All open units

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Turkey (Spring Season)

Canada Geese (Early Season)

August Management Take/Early September Season

Western Zone

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Canada Geese (Early Season)

Eastern Zone

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Canada Geese (Early Season)

Missouri River Zone

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - Canada Geese (Early Season)

River Otter

Regular - Traps, cable devices

Statewide

Opens: Closes: Season Dates Status: FinalizedHunting Information - River Otter