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Tentative 2023 Season Opening 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 2023 include:

Tentative 2023 Season Opening Dates
SeasonTentative Opening Date
Spring TurkeyApril 8
DoveSept. 1
Deer and Pronghorn Bow, Mountain Lion Sept. 1
Sharptail, Hun, Ruffed Grouse, SquirrelSept. 9
Youth DeerSept. 15
Youth WaterfowlSept. 16
Early Resident WaterfowlSept. 23
Youth Pheasant, Regular WaterfowlSept. 30
Pronghorn GunOct. 6
PheasantOct. 7
Fall TurkeyOct. 14
Mink, Muskrat, Weasel TrappingOct. 28
Deer GunNov. 10
Deer MuzzleloaderDec. 1