Bighorn Sheep in North Dakota

Bighorn sheep were extirpated from North Dakota by 1905 then reintroduced in 1956. Populations were doing well when, in 2014, a pneumonia causing pathogen got into the population. It has since spread to every herd in the state. Find out how this disease continues to impact bighorn in North Dakota, and what the Department is doing to manage the population in this week’s webcast.

Chronic Wasting Disease


Chronic wasting disease is a prion disease affecting cervids (ex. deer, elk, moose) that is shed through saliva and urine. It is always fatal, and once present in the environment it is there to stay. In North Dakota CWD is present in our 3F2 deer rifle unit (south central ND). Watch this week's webcast to find out more about CWD and what we are doing to try and limit the spread of this disease.


PLOTS Program


The PLOTS (Private Lands Open to Sportsmen) program has been around for over 20 years. Private lands enrolled in PLOTS are open for public walk-in hunting access. There will be approximately 762,000 PLOTS acres available for hunting this fall.

Early Canada Goose Preview

North Dakota’s early Canada goose dates are set with opening day Aug. 15. Bag limits and licensing requirements are the same as last year, however Canada goose hunting zones have been restructured with the intent of increasing harvest pressure in the eastern half of the state where the state’s worst Canada goose-landowner conflicts occur. Learn more on this week’s webcast.

Pronghorn Season Preview


The pronghorn season is set, with 1,075 licenses available in 10 open units. The bow-only season is from Aug 30 (noon) – Sep 23. The firearms/archery season is from Oct. 5 (noon) – Oct. 21. Only North Dakota residents are eligible to apply for a 2018 pronghorn license. Learn more in this week’s webcast.