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North Dakota Hunting

Everything you need to plan your hunting trips in North Dakota, from maps and regulations to season dates, game animals, quotas, and hunting units. Plus much more! Start your research right here.

Overview

Known For

North Dakota is part of the Central Flyway and offers some of the best waterfowl hunting in the country. Millions of breeding ducks settle in North Dakota each season. Additionally, upland bird hunting, especially for pheasant, is unparalleled here. Add on all the major big game and North Dakota is off the charts for a hunting experience.

Terrain

North Dakota’s grasslands are central to its geographic identity. The state is home to the Prairie Pothole region, which is the core of what once was the largest grassland expanse in the world. Over 10,000 years ago, when glaciers receded, there were small prairie potholes left that filled with water and became wetlands.

North Dakota Hunting Seasons

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Season Start Date End Date
Antelope
Antelope – Archery
Units 1-A, 1-D, 2-A, 2-B, 3-A, 3-B, 4-A, 4-C, 5-A, 6-A, 7-A, 8-A, 10-A, 11-A, 13-A
Sep 2, 2022 Sep 25, 2022
Antelope
Antelope – Gun or Bow
Units 1-A, 1-D, 2-A, 2-B, 3-A, 3-B, 4-A, 4-C, 5-A, 6-A, 7-A, 8-A, 10-A, 11-A, 13-A
Oct 7, 2022 Oct 23, 2022
Bobcat
Bobcat – Zone 1
Firearms, pre-charged pneumatic air guns, archery equipment (including crossbows), traps
Nov 5, 2022 Mar 15, 2023
Bobcat
Bobcat – Zone 2
Firearms, pre-charged pneumatic air guns, archery equipment (including crossbows), traps, cable devices (snares), pursuing with dogs
Nov 21, 2022 Mar 15, 2023
Coyote
Coyote – Day Hunting & Traps
All year, statewide. No limit.
Apr 1, 2022 Mar 31, 2023
Coyote
Coyote – Cable devices
Statewide.
Nov 21, 2022 Mar 15, 2023
Coyote
Coyote – Firearms Night Hunting
Statewide.
Nov 21, 2022 Mar 15, 2023
Deer
Deer – Archery
Mule deer and whitetail deer statewide.
Sep 2, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Deer
Deer – Youth Any Deer
Ages 14 (by the end of the calendar year) and 15 – any deer (with exceptions)
Sep 16, 2022 Sep 25, 2022
Deer
Deer – Youth Antlered Deer
Ages 14 (by the end of the calendar year) and 15 – antlered mule deer (unit restrictions)
Sep 16, 2022 Sep 25, 2022
Deer
Deer – Youth Antlerless
Ages 11 (by the end of the calendar year), 12 and 13 – statewide antlerless white-tailed deer only
Sep 16, 2022 Sep 25, 2022
Deer
Deer – Gun
Mule deer and whitetail deer all units.
Nov 4, 2022 Nov 20, 2022
Deer
Deer – Muzzleloader
Mule deer and whitetail deer statewide.
Nov 25, 2022 Dec 11, 2022
Dove
Dove
Statewide.
Sep 1, 2022 Nov 29, 2022
Duck
Duck – Youth Waterfowl
Sep 17, 2022 Sep 18, 2022
Duck
Duck – Low Plains Unit (Resident)
Sep 24, 2022 Dec 4, 2022
Duck
Duck – High Plains Unit (Resident)
Sep 24, 2022 Dec 4, 2022
Duck
Duck – High Plains Unit (Nonresident)
Oct 1, 2022 Dec 4, 2022
Duck
Duck – Low Plains Unit (Nonresident)
Oct 1, 2022 Dec 4, 2022
Duck
Duck – High Plains Unit (2)
Resident and Nonresident
Dec 10, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Elk
Elk – E3 & E4 Regular
Sep 2, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Elk
Elk – Archery
Units E1E, E1W, E2, E6.
Sep 2, 2022 Sep 25, 2022
Elk
Elk – E5 Regular
Sep 2, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Elk
Elk – E1E & E2 Regular
Oct 7, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Elk
Elk – E6 Regular
Oct 7, 2022 Nov 3, 2022
Elk
Elk – E1W Regular
Oct 7, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Elk
Elk – E6 Regular (Late)
Nov 21, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Fox
Fox – Day hunting & Traps
All year statewide. No limit.
Apr 1, 2022 Mar 31, 2023
Fox
Fox – Night hunting
Statewide.
Nov 21, 2022 Mar 15, 2023
Fox
Fox – Cable devices
Statewide.
Nov 21, 2022 Mar 15, 2023
Goose
Goose – Canada Geese – August Management Take/Early September Season
Missouri River Zone
Aug 15, 2022 Sep 7, 2022
Goose
Goose – Canada Geese – August Management Take/Early September Season
Western Zone
Aug 15, 2022 Sep 15, 2022
Goose
Goose – Canada Geese – August Management Take/Early September Season
Eastern Zone
Aug 15, 2022 Sep 22, 2022
Goose
Goose – White-fronted (Resident)
White-fronted geese. Statewide.
Sep 24, 2022 Dec 4, 2022
Goose
Goose – Canada Geese – Eastern Zone (Resident)
Sep 24, 2022 Dec 17, 2022
Goose
Goose – Light Goose (Resident)
Statewide.
Sep 24, 2022 Dec 30, 2022
Goose
Goose – Canada Geese – Western Zone (Resident)
Sep 24, 2022 Dec 22, 2022
Goose
Goose – Canada Geese – Missouri River Zone (Resident)
Sep 24, 2022 Dec 30, 2022
Goose
Goose – White-fronted (Nonresident)
White-fronted geese. Statewide.
Oct 1, 2022 Dec 4, 2022
Goose
Goose – Canada Geese – Eastern Zone (Nonresident)
Oct 1, 2022 Dec 17, 2022
Goose
Goose – Canada Geese – Missouri River Zone (Nonresident)
Oct 1, 2022 Dec 30, 2022
Goose
Goose – Canada Geese – Western Zone (Nonresident)
Oct 1, 2022 Dec 22, 2022
Goose
Goose – Light Goose (Nonresident)
Statewide.
Oct 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Goose
Goose – Spring Conservation Order
Light Goose. Statewide.
Feb 19, 2023 May 15, 2023
Grouse
Ruffed Grouse
Hunting unit restricted, see regulations for details.
Sep 10, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Grouse
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Statewide.
Sep 10, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Moose
Moose – Archery
Units M5, M6, M8, M9, M10, M11.
Sep 2, 2022 Sep 25, 2022
Moose
Moose – Regular
Units M5, M6, M8, M9, M10, M11.
Oct 7, 2022 Oct 30, 2022
Mountain Lion
Mountain Lion – Zone 1 (Early season)
Sep 2, 2022 Nov 20, 2022
Mountain Lion
Mountain Lion – Zone 2
Sep 2, 2022 Mar 31, 2023
Mountain Lion
Mountain Lion – Zone 1 (Late season)
Nov 21, 2022 Mar 31, 2023
Pheasant
Pheasant – Youth
Statewide.
Oct 1, 2022 Oct 2, 2022
Pheasant
Pheasant – Regular
Statewide. Roosters only.
Oct 8, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Rabbit
Rabbit
All year statewide.
Jan 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Sheep
Bighorn Sheep
Units B1, B3, B4. Lottery.
Oct 28, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring
All open units.
Apr 9, 2022 May 15, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring Youth
All open units.
Apr 9, 2022 May 15, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Fall
All open units. NOTE: Closing date is tentative according to ND Game and Fish, please see regulations for updated end dates: https://gf.nd.gov/hunting/season-dates.
Oct 8, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Upland Bird
Hungarian Partridge
Daily Bag limit 3, possession of 12.
Sep 10, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Upland Bird
Woodcock
Daily bag limit 3, possession of 9.
Sep 24, 2022 Nov 7, 2022

North Dakota Licenses, Permits, and Regulations

North Dakota hunting licenses, permits, and regulations for resident and non-resident hunters can be purchased on the official website of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. Click below to view the website.

Hunting GPS Maps

Every North Dakota hunter should have hunting GPS maps on hand. North Dakota hunting maps are available from onX Hunt. With a paid membership you can access Satellite, Topo, or Hybrid Basemaps, over which you can view maps of hunting units, along with State, Forest Service, and other public and private property boundaries. You can view trails and roads, and even download maps to the Hunt App for use offline. Click below to get onX Hunt for North Dakota.

Hunting Units

North Dakota’s hunting units vary from species to species. With its big game animals (elk, Bighorn sheep, antelope, moose, and both mule deer and whitetail deer) there are different hunting units and regulations for each species. Even some upland birds have specified hunting units. Click below to view North Dakota’s hunting units in more detail through an interactive map.

Hunting Layers

ND Private Lands Preview

ND Private Lands

Over 380,000 parcels mapped by the onX team, this layer helps you know who the property owners are in North Dakota. Tap any parcel to learn more info about the owner and acreage.

ND Gov Lands Preview

ND Gov Lands

onX has the most accurate public lands maps with over 4,400,000 acres in North Dakota to help you plan your next adventure. Tap any public land parcel to learn more.

ND Possible Access Preview

ND Possible Access

onX has mapped 16,000 acres of possible access lands in North Dakota including timber and land conservation groups. Research rules on these private lands before recreating.

SUBLAYERS (17) Expand Sublayers
ND GMUs Thumbnail

ND GMUs

North Dakota Game Management Units. Please hunt responsibly, obey all signage and have a safe legal hunt.

Includes 17 Sublayers

  • Bighorn Sheep Hunt Units
  • Bobcat Hunt Units
  • Deer Hunt Units
  • Elk Hunt Units
  • Fisher Hunt Units
  • Goose Hunt Zones
  • Moose Hunt Units
  • Mountain Lion Hunt Units
  • Non-Residential Waterfowl Hunt Units
  • Pheasant Hunt Zone
  • Pronghorn Hunt Units
  • Ruffled Grouse Hunt Units
  • Sage Grouse Hunt Units
  • Sharp-tailed Grouse Hunt Units
  • Sandhill Crane Hunt Units
  • Turkey (Fall) Hunt Units
  • Turkey (Spring) Hunt Units
ND PLOTS Preview

ND PLOTS

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department Private Land Open to Sportsmen. All hunters are expected to know the rules of the program.

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ND WMA POI Thumbnail

ND WMA POI

North Dakota Wildlife Management Areas Points of Interest from the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. Please note that this layer is not available for off-grid use.

Includes 3 Sublayers

  • WMA Shooting Ranges
  • WMA Gates
  • WMA Parking
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ND Species Range and Habitat Thumbnail

ND Species Range and Habitat

Includes 10 Sublayers

  • Bighorn Sheep
  • Elk
  • Greater Prairie Chicken
  • Moose
  • Mountain Lion
  • Mule Deer
  • Pronghorn
  • Sage Grouse
  • Turkey
  • Whitetail Deer
ND Electronically Posted Land Preview

ND Electronically Posted Land

ND Electronically Posted Land, Land that has been posted by land owner as No Hunting. Land can still be posted with signs on the ground so double check when at the location.


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