Fall Turkey Season Set

North Dakota’s fall turkey season is set with 3,505 licenses available to hunters, five fewer than last year.

Fall turkey hunters, including gratis applicants, who are interested in applying for a 2017 license must submit an online application through the state Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov. Paper applications are not available this year.

Applications are also accepted at the department’s toll-free licensing line, 800-406-6409. A service fee is added for license applications made over the phone.

The deadline for applying is Sept. 6

Only North Dakota residents are eligible to apply in the first lottery. Nonresidents can apply for fall turkey licenses that are still available following the first lottery.

As per state law, a resident who does not want to receive a fall turkey hunting license but would like to accrue a bonus point can purchase a point on the application for the same fee as the turkey license. The bonus point fee is allocated to the department’s Private Land Open to Sportsmen Program.

Hunting units 21 (Hettinger and Adams counties) and 53 (Divide and Williams counties) will remain closed to fall turkey hunting in 2017 because of low turkey numbers.

The fall wild turkey season runs from Oct. 14 through Jan. 7, 2018.