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2017 North Dakota Hunting Seasons

A tradition for many families, hunting is an exciting escape into nature. Your reward of patiently waiting in a tree stand or hunting blind is the satisfaction of taking responsibility for your own food, or finally bagging that trophy buck. Discount Ramps has all the hunting dates for North Dakota, and the necessary hunting equipment to ensure a successful year.

This is a general guide to season dates. Dates are subject to change. For more information, visit the North Dakota Game & Fish Department website.

Badger

Hunt Type Opens Closes
Regular/Firearms, traps, archery equipment, pursue with dogs Open Year-round  
Regular/Cable Devices Nov. 21, 2016 Mar. 15, 2017

Beaver

Hunt Type Opens Closes
Regular/Firearms, traps, archery equipment, underwater cable devices Open Year-round  
Regular/Cable Devices on land Nov. 21, 2016 Mar. 15, 2017
Regular/Cable Devices on land within 50 ft. of water Mar. 16, 2017 May 10, 2017

Bighorn Sheep

Hunt Type Units Opens Closes
Regular B1, B3, B4 Oct. 27, 2017 Tentative - Not Published
Bow Only B1, B3, B4 Oct. 20, 2017 Tentative - Not Published

Bobcat

Hunt Type Units Opens Closes
Regular - Firearms, Traps, Archery Equipment South and West of the Missouri River only Nov. 5, 2016 May 15, 2017
Regular/Cable Devices, Pursue with Dogs South and West of the Missouri River only Nov. 21, 2016 May 15, 2017

Canada Geese

Hunt Type Units Opens Closes
Early Season Statewide Aug. 14, 2017 Tentative - Not Published
Early Season Missouri River Zone Aug. 14, 2017 Tentative - Not Published
Regular - Resident Only Statewide Sep. 23, 2017 Tentative - Not Published
Regular - Resident Only Missouri River Zone Sep. 23, 2017 Tentative - Not Published
Regular - Nonresident Statewide Sep. 30, 2017 Tentative - Not Published
Regular - Nonresident Missouri River Zone Sep. 30, 2017 Tentative - Not Published

Coot

Hunt Type Units Opens Closes
Regular - Resident Only High Plains Unit Sep. 23, 2017 Tentative - Not Published
Regular - Nonresident High Plains Unit Sep. 30, 2017 Tentative - Not Published
Regular - Nonresident Low Plains Unit Sep. 30, 2017 Tentative - Not Published
Regular High Plains Unit Dec. 9, 2017 Tentative - Not Published
Regular - Resident Only Low Plains Unit Sep. 23, 2017 Tentative - Not Published

Coyote

Hunt Type Opens Closes
Regular/Firearms, traps, archery equipment, pursue with dogs Open Year-round  
Regular/Cable devices Nov. 21, 2016 Mar. 15, 2017
Hunting at any Hour/Firearms Nov. 21, 2016 Mar. 15, 2017

Crow

Hunt Type Opens Closes
Spring - Regular Mar. 11, 2017 Apr. 23, 2017
Fall - Regular Aug. 19, 2017 Tentative - Not Published

Doves

Hunt Type Opens Closes
Regular Sep. 1, 2017 Tentative - Not Published

Ducks

Hunt Type Units Opens Closes
Regular - Resident Only Low Plains Unit Sep. 23, 2017 Tentative - Not Published
Regular - Resident Only High Plains Unit Sep. 23, 2017 Tentative - Not Published
Regular - Nonresident Low Plains Unit Sep. 30, 2017 Tentative - Not Published
Regular - Nonresident High Plains Unit Sep. 30, 2017 Tentative - Not Published
Regular High Plains Unit Dec. 9, 2017 Tentative - Not Published
Youth Waterfowl Season Statewide Sep. 16, 2017 Tentative - Not Published

Elk

Hunt Type Units Opens Closes
Bow Only E1, E2 Sep. 1, 2017 Tentative - Not Published
Regular E1, E2 Oct. 6, 2017 Tentative - Not Published
Regular E3, E4 Sep. 1, 2017 Tentative - Not Published
Regular E5 Sep. 1, 2017 Tentative - Not Published

Fisher

Hunt Type Units Opens Closes
Regular Open areas only Nov. 21, 2016 Nov. 27, 2016

Fox (Red and Gray)

Hunt Type Opens Closes
Regular/Cable devices Nov. 21, 2016 Mar. 15, 2017
Hunting at Any Hour/Firearms Nov. 21, 2016 Mar. 15, 2017
Regular/Firearms, traps, archery equipment, pursue with dogs Open Year-round  

Greater Prairie Chicken

Notice
There will be no pinnated grouse (greater prairie chicken) season this year due to low populations.

Ground Squirrel

Hunt Type Opens Closes
Regular Open Year-round  

Hungarian Partidge

Hunt Type Opens Closes
Regular Sep. 9, 2017 Tentative - Not Published

Light Geese

Hunt Type Opens Closes
Spring Conservation Feb. 18, 2017 May 4, 2017
Regular - Resident Only Sep. 23, 2017 Tentative - Not Published
Regular - Nonresident Sep. 30, 2017 Tentative - Not Published

Mergansers

Hunt Type Units Opens Closes
Regular - Resident Only Low Plains Unit Sep. 23, 2017 Tentative - Not Published
Regular - Resident Only High Plains Unit Sep. 23, 2017 Tentative - Not Published
Regular - Nonresident Low Plains Unit Sep. 30, 2017 Tentative - Not Published
Regular - Nonresident High Plains Unit Sep. 30, 2017 Tentative - Not Published
Regular High Plains Unit Dec. 9, 2017 Tentative - Not Published

Mink

Hunt Type Opens Closes
Regular/Traps Oct. 22, 2016 May 10, 2017
Regular/Cable devices, firearms, archery equipment Nov. 21, 2016 May 10, 2017

Moose

Hunt Type Units Opens Closes
Regular M8, M9, M10 Oct. 6, 2017 Tentative - Not Published
Regular M5, M6 Nov. 17, 2017 Tentative - Not Published
Bow Only M5, M6, M8, M9, M10 Sep. 1, 2017 Tentative - Not Published

Mountain Lion

Hunt Type Units Opens Closes
Early Season/Firearms, archery equipment Zone 1 Sep. 2, 2016 Nov. 20, 2016
Late Season/Firearms, archery equipment, and pursuing with dogs Zone 1 Nov. 21, 2016 Mar. 31, 2017
Conditional Season/Firearms and archery equipment Zone 1 Mar. 31, 2017 Tentative - Not Published
Regular/Firearms and archery equipment. Beginning November 21, mountain lions may also be harvested by pursuing with dogs Zone 2 Sep. 2, 2016 Mar. 31, 2017

Mule and White-tailed Deer

Hunt Type Units Opens Closes
Bow Statewide Sep. 9, 2017 Tentative - Not Published
Gun All Units Nov. 10, 2017 Tentative - Not Published
Muzzleloader Statewide Dec. 1, 2017 Tentative - Not Published
Youth Season Statewide Sep. 15, 2017 Tentative - Not Published

Muskrat

Hunt Type Opens Closes
Regular/Traps Oct. 22, 2016 May 10, 2017
Regular/Cable Devices, firearms, archery equipment Nov. 21, 2016 May 10, 2017

Pronghorn

Hunt Type Units Opens Closes
Bow Only 1A, 2A, 2B, 3A, 4A, 4C Sep. 1, 2017 Tentative - Not Published
Regular 1A, 2A, 2B, 3A, 4A, 4C Oct. 6, 2017 Tentative - Not Published

Rabbit

Hunt Type Opens Closes
Regular Open Year-round  

Raccoon

Hunt Type Opens Closes
Regular/Firearms, traps, archery equipment, underwater cable devices, pursue with dogs (raccoon only) Open Year-round  
Regular/Cable devices on land Nov. 21, 2016 Mar. 15, 2017
Regular/Cable devices on land within 50 ft. of water Mar. 16, 2017 May 10, 2017

Ring-necked Pheasants

Hunt Type Opens Closes
Regular Oct. 14, 2017 Tentative - Not Published
Youth Season Oct. 07, 2017 Tentative - Not Published

Ruffed Grouse

Hunt Type Units Opens Closes
Regular Bottineau, Rolette, Cavalier, Pembina and Walsh counties. Also that portion of the J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge in McHenry County lying South of the Upham-Willow City Road is open to ruffed grouse hunting. Sep. 9, 2017 Tentative - Not Published

Sage Grouse

Notice
There will be no sage grouse season this year due to low populations.

Sandhill Crane

Hunt Type Units Opens Closes
Regular Unit 1 Sep. 16, 2017 Tentative - Not Published
Regular Unit 2 Sep. 16, 2017 Tentative - Not Published

Sharp-tailed Grouse

Hunt Type Opens Closes
Regular Sep. 9, 2017 Tentative - Not Published

Tree Squirrel

Hunt Type Opens Closes
Regular Sep. 9, 2017 Tentative - Not Published

Tundra Swan

Hunt Type Opens Closes
Regular Sep. 30, 2017 Tentative - Not Published

Turkey

Hunt Type Opens Closes
Spring Regular Apr. 8, 2017 May 14, 2017
Fall - Regular Oct. 14, 2017 Tentative - Not Published
Youth Spring Season Apr. 8, 2017 May 14, 2014

Weasel

Hunt Type Opens Closes
Regular/Traps Oct. 22, 2016 Mar. 15, 2017
Regular/Firearms, cable devices, archery equipment Nov. 21, 2016 Mar. 15, 2017

White-fronted Geese

Hunt Type Opens Closes
Regular - Resident only Sep. 23, 2017 Tentative - Not Published
Regular - Nonresident Sep. 30, 2017 Tentative - Not Published

Wilson's Snipe

Hunt Type Opens Closes
Regular Sep. 16, 2017 Tentative - Not Published

Woodcock

Hunt Type Opens Closes
Regular Sep. 23, 2017 Tentative - Not Published

Prairie Dog

Hunt Type Opens Closes
Regular Open Year-round  

Skunk

Hunt Type Opens Closes
Regular Open Year-round  

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