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Tentative 2016 Season Opening Dates

To help North Dakota hunters prepare for hunting seasons in 2016, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department annually provides its best estimate for opening dates for the coming year.

Dates become official when approved by governor’s proclamation. Tentative opening dates for 2016 include:

Tentative 2016 Opening Dates
Season Tentative Opening Date

Spring Turkey

April 9

Early Canada Goose

August 15


September 1

Deer and Pronghorn Bow, Mountain Lion

September 2

Sharptail, Hun, Ruffed Grouse, Squirrel

September 10

Youth Deer

September 16

Youth Waterfowl

September 17

Early Resident Waterfowl

September 24

Regular Waterfowl, Youth Pheasant

October 1

Pronghorn Gun

October 7

Pheasant, Fall Turkey

October 8

Mink, Muskrat, Weasel Trapping

October 22

Deer Gun

November 4

Deer Muzzleloader

November 25