Deer Gun Applications go Electronic

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Ron Wilson
White-tail doe

Hunters need to note that June 6 is the deadline for the deer gun and muzzleloader lottery.

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s plan to move all lottery applications online is in motion.

A law passed by the North Dakota Legislature requiring the Department to develop an all-electronic licensing system, and phase out the old paper license books, actually went into effect April 1, 2016.

What that means is that all license buyers have had to purchase their hunting and fishing licenses for the last two years through the Game and Fish website, at license vendors who are linked into the Game and Fish electronic licensing system, or by calling the Department’s toll-free instant licensing system at 800-406-6409.

Starting last fall with swan and fall turkey applications, thousands of hunters have applied electronically for moose, elk, bighorn sheep and turkey licenses. And just around the corner, with a June 6 deadline, all hunters will do the same for the first time for North Dakota’s always anticipated deer gun season.

To help with that process, especially for those hunters who will employ the Department’s toll-free instant licensing system, we’ve provided a map featuring the state’s deer hunting units. Plus, readers also will find information from the first deer gun drawing in 2017, and the number of licenses made available in each hunting unit in 2018.

Deer Gun License Statistics

The following provides the approximate information from 2017 on deer gun licenses available in each hunting unit, the number of licenses left after gratis deductions and the number of applications received for the first drawing. Nonresident applications are in parenthesis. The number of licenses for each unit for 2018 is also provided.

Deer choices are coded as follows:

  • A – Any-antlered deer (either species)
  • B – Any-antlerless deer (either species)
  • C – Antlered white-tailed deer
  • D – Antlerless white-tailed deer
  • E – Antlered mule deer
  • F – Antlerless mule deer
2017 2018
Unit Deer Type Available After Gratis Applications Received Nonresident Applications Received 2018 Available
1 A 350 236 826 14 350
1 B 350 289 157 3 350
2A A 400 187 941 18 400
2A B 300 186 165 1 300
2B A 1,000 508 3,899 70 1,000
2B B 700 435 990 10 700
2C A 700 241 2,200 56 700
2C B 300 53 377 8 300
2D A 400 232 1,108 31 400
2D B 200 109 99 1 200
2E A 600 163 1,616 41 600
2E B 300 64 230 0 200
2F1 A 1,100 846 1,781 78 1,100
2F1 B 900 763 314 8 900
2F2 A 900 641 2,251 55 800
2F2 B 700 561 463 3 600
2G A 500 376 834 17 500
2G B 200 133 149 2 100
2G1 A 900 521 2,530 55 900
2G1 B 700 496 571 7 700
2G2 A 1,000 659 1,768 49 1,000
2G2 B 700 516 423 6 700
2H A 900 736 1,586 61 900
2H B 700 612 166 3 700
2I A 1,200 852 2,590 85 1,200
2I B 1,000 812 369 5 1,000
2J1 A 900 623 1,594 31 900
2J1 B 700 551 198 3 600
2J2 A 1,300 1,036 2,119 74 1,100
2J2 B 1,000 858 356 10 900
2K1 A 800 454 1,801 29 800
2K1 B 700 513 288 2 700
2K2 A 1,600 1,123 3,405 97 1,300
2K2 B 1,400 1,143 447 20 1,100
2L A 300 227 488 18 300
2L B 300 261 89 5 300
3A1 A 1,000 616 2,462 69 1,200
3A1 B 400 193 127 1 800
3A2 A 900 714 1,765 39 900
3A2 B 700 600 335 5 700
3A3 A 900 495 2,200 55 1,000
3A3 B 600 382 366 0 600
3A4 A 1,000 652 2,458 43 1,000
3A4 B 800 613 524 0 800
3B1 C 250 150 959 21 250
3B1 D 200 105 52 2 200
3B1 E 300 179 749 33 400
3B1 F 50 26 38 2 100
3B2 C 200 125 354 7 200
3B2 D 200 143 56 1 200
3B2 E 150 93 248 13 200
3B2 F 50 36 25 1 100
3B3 A 200 166 465 9 200
3B3 B 150 131 124 1 150
3B3 C 900 746 970 40 900
3B3 D 650 568 170 6 650
3C A 150 119 705 26 150
3C B 100 86 146 1 150
3C C 1,000 790 1,228 28 1,000
3C D 800 684 173 1 800
3D1 A 300 230 567 16 300
3D1 B 300 258 44 5 350
3D1 C 250 191 173 9 250
3D1 D 200 172 2 0 200
3D2 A 400 257 791 15 450
3D2 B 400 323 142 3 450
3D2 C 300 193 260 1 300
3D2 D 300 242 30 0 300
3E1 A 400 304 892 40 450
3E1 B 300 245 108 3 300
3E1 C 450 343 467 10 500
3E1 D 300 245 21 1 300
3E2 A 650 516 1,012 33 700
3E2 B 650 567 219 5 650
3E2 C 450 358 363 24 450
3E2 D 300 261 22 3 300
3F1 A 400 366 745 16 400
3F1 B 400 379 73 1 400
3F1 C 600 548 216 18 600
3F1 D 500 474 12 1 500
3F2 A 700 598 1,238 60 750
3F2 B 1,000 934 118 5 1,000
3F2 C 800 684 388 28 800
3F2 D 800 748 16 1 800
4A C 250 192 365 25 250
4A D 250 194 35 0 250
4A E 200 154 1,025 49 200
4B C 200 174 208 6 200
4B D 200 174 15 0 200
4B E 450 393 2,569 180 450
4B F 150 131 27 1 200
4C C 200 179 245 8 200
4C D 250 228 11 1 300
4C E 450 404 2,931 184 450
4C F 150 136 44 4 250
4D C 250 222 209 10 250
4D D 250 228 16 0 250
4D E 400 354 2,161 129 400
4D F 200 182 59 4 300
4E C 250 230 179 12 300
4E D 150 138 4 0 200
4E E 300 275 825 47 300
4E F 150 138 24 0 250
4F C 350 328 197 15 400
4F D 300 287 13 1 350
4F E 200 188 334 26 200
4F F 150 144 11 0 250