North Dakota Hunting Seasons, 2016-2017


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.

Elk Seasons

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.


Moose Seasons

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.

Pronghorn Seasons

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.

Turkey Seasons

Fall Season Oct. 8-Jan. 8
Spring Season Apr. 9-May 15

Turkey hunting is only available by permit lottery.

Small Game Seasons

Ground squirrel Year-round
Prairie Dog Year-round
Porcupine Year-round
Rabbit Year-round
Skunk Year-round
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.