The northern Dakota is known for beautiful great plains, river valleys and the Badlands. All of these landscapes add to the state’s beauty as well as its prosperous hunting. Taking time to hunting in North Dakota will allow you to take in the scenery, as well as bag game worth taking home.
North Dakota hunters know the state has a great selection of game, including bighorn sheep, elk, moose, pronghorns and deer. Small game hunting seasons are also bountiful.
Before heading out on your North Dakota hunt, be sure to visit the Game and Fish Department website for more details regarding licenses, regulations and permits.
Bighorn Sheep Seasons
|Regular Season||Oct. 28-Dec. 31|
|Bow Season||Oct. 21-Dec. 31|
Bighorn sheep hunting is only available by permit lottery.
|Bow Season||Units E1, E2: Sept. 2-25|
|Regular Season||Units E1, E2: Oct. 7-Dec. 31
Units E3, E4: Sept. 2-Dec. 31
Units E5, E6: Sept. 2-Dec. 31
Elk hunting is only available by permit lottery.
|Bow Season||Units M5, 6, 8, 9, 10: Sept. 2-25|
|Regular Season||Units M5, M6: Nov. 18-Dec. 11
Units M8, M9, M10: Oct. 7-30
Moose hunting is only available by permit lottery.
|Bow Season||Sept. 2-25|
|Gun Season||Sept. 30-Oct. 16|
Pronghorn hunting is only available by permit lottery.
White-Tailed and Mule Deer Seasons
|Bow Season||Sept. 2-Jan. 8|
|Gun Season||Nov. 4-20|
|Muzzleloader Season||Nov. 25-Dec. 11|
|Youth Season||Sept. 16-25|
Deer hunting is only available by permit lottery.
|Fall Season||Oct. 8-Jan. 8|
|Spring Season||Apr. 9-May 15|
Turkey hunting is only available by permit lottery.
Small Game Seasons
|Hungarian Partridge||Sept. 10-Jan. 8|
|Pheasant||Oct. 8-Jan. 8|
|Greater Prairie Chicken||No 2016-17 season due to low populations|
|Ruffed Grouse||Sept. 10-Jan. 8|
|Sage Grouse||No 2016-17 season due to low populations|
|Sharp-tailed Grouse||Sept. 10-Jan. 8|
|Tree Squirrel||Sept. 10-Jan. 8|
Bag limits, special seasons and hunting regulations for North Dakota hunting seasons do vary based on animal and seasons. For more information on obtaining licenses, permits and regulations, visit the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website.