Youth out deer hunting

Special Youth Deer Season

Has Youth Season

Yes

ND Resident Only

Yes

Lottery

Yes
See application deadline information below.

To apply for a youth deer tag, log into the online system. On the “My Account” page click on the “Apply” button under the “Lottery/Gratis” section and then enter the required personal information.

  1. Ages 11 (by the end of the calendar year), 12 and 13 – statewide antlerless white-tailed deer only. The license application deadline is midnight September 1 (no lottery).
  2. Ages 14 (by the end of the calendar year) and 15 – statewide any deer is legal, except antlerless mule deer in unit 4A and antlered mule deer in units 3B1, 3B2, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E and 4F. The license application deadline is midnight September 1 (no lottery). NOTE: This license is a once-per-lifetime license. If your child takes advantage of this license when they are 14, they cannot apply for it again at 15. They would need to apply in the regular deer lottery.
  3. Ages 14 (by the end of the calendar year) and 15 – antlered mule deer in units 3B1, 3B2, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E and 4F. This license is allocated by lottery. The lottery deadline has passed. Those possessing restricted antlered mule deer licenses may hunt only in their designated unit the entire season. NOTE: This license is a once-per-lifetime license. If your child takes advantage of this license when they are 14, they cannot apply for it again at 15. They would need to apply in the regular deer lottery.

Note: Orange clothing required for youth hunters and mentors.

Eligibility Requirements

Season Dates

Season Hunting Units Opens Closes Season Dates Status
Ages 14 (by the end of the calendar year) and 15 – any deer (with exceptions) Statewide Finalized
Ages 11 (by the end of the calendar year), 12 and 13 – statewide antlerless white-tailed deer only Statewide Finalized
Ages 14 (by the end of the calendar year) and 15 – antlered mule deer in units 3B1, 3B2, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E and 4F units 3B1, 3B2, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E and 4F Finalized

Lottery Information

Application Deadline: (Date Finalized)

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)
  • Deer License

Nonresidents must possess the following licenses:

  • Nonresident Fishing, Hunting and Furbearer Certificate
  • General Game and Habitat License
  • Deer License

Military Deer Gun Licenses

  • A resident of North Dakota who is a member of the United States Armed Forces stationed outside this state, who shows proof of North Dakota residency, including a driver’s license number or a non-driver photo identification number from this state, and who pays the appropriate licensing fee, is eligible to be issued a deer gun season license without having to participate in the lottery.
  • North Dakota residents who were on federal active duty with the U.S. Armed Forces under Title 10, stationed outside of the state during the previous year’s deer gun season, and who received the expeditionary medal or campaign badge, and submit an application and appropriate license fee by the deer gun application deadline, are eligible for one white-tailed deer gun license in the unit of their choice, without having to participate in the lottery. Applications received after the deer gun deadline will be issued licenses based on availability.