North Dakota Game and Fish News

•Deer Lottery Held, Antlerless Licenses Remain

North Dakota’s deer gun lottery has been held and individual results are available online at the State Game and Fish Department’s website,

More than 2,800 antlerless deer gun licenses remain. Only resident applicants who were unsuccessful in the first lottery can apply for remaining licenses.

The first lottery application process – deer gun, muzzleloader, youth and landowner – had more than 107,000 applicants, and just under 53,000 were unsuccessful.

An option for unsuccessful applicants to apply online for remaining licenses will be available Aug. 8. Paper applications for remaining licenses will be mailed to individuals the week of Aug. 7. The deadline for applying is Aug. 30.

Remaining Deer Gun Licenses

•Pronghorn Applications Due Aug. 2

Prospective pronghorn hunters are reminded the deadline to apply for the 2017 hunting season is Aug. 2.

Applicants can apply online by visiting the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website,, or by calling 800-406-6409. Paper applications are available for printing off the website, and from license vendors.

A total of 410 licenses are available in five open units – 2B, 3A, 3B, 4A and 4C. All licenses are valid for any pronghorn.

The bow-only portion of the season is from Sept 1 (noon) – Sept. 24. Anyone who draws a license can hunt pronghorn with a bow in the unit printed on the license.

From Oct. 6 (noon) – Oct. 22, hunters who still have a valid license can use legal firearms or archery equipment, and again must stay in the assigned unit.

The pronghorn license fee is $30 for ages 16 and older, and $10 for under age 16.

Only North Dakota residents are eligible to apply for a 2017 pronghorn license. People who have accumulated bonus points and choose not to apply this year will not lose their points.

•North Dakota Swan Hunt Applications Online Only

Swan hunters who are interested in applying for a 2017 license must submit an online application through the state Game and Fish Department’s website, Paper applications are not available this year.

North Dakota residents and nonresidents are eligible to apply. The resident swan license is $10, while the nonresident fee is $30. The deadline for applying is Aug. 16.

The statewide tundra swan hunting season is Sept. 30 – Dec. 31. A total of 2,700 licenses are available. Successful applicants will receive a tag to take one swan during the season. Since swans are classified as waterfowl, nonresidents may hunt them only during the period their nonresident waterfowl license is valid.

•Recapping Operation Dry Water Weekend

A nationally coordinated effort to increase knowledge about the dangers of boating under the influence yielded five BUI of alcohol violations in North Dakota.

Jackie Lundstrom, state Game and Fish Department’s enforcement division operations supervisor, said Operation Dry Water weekend, held June 30 – July 2, is designed for a heightened enforcement effort directed at boating under the influence laws and recreational boater outreach.

“This year, the weather was perfect for boaters to get out and enjoy the water,” Lundstrom said. “Water enthusiasts across the state mentioned they had heard we were conducting the operation and they appreciated our efforts.”

Altogether, wardens checked 3,905 boaters and 1,428 vessels, with 222 citations issued. Of that, 175 were boating citations.

“Our hope is that this event helps reduce the number of accidents and deaths associated with alcohol and drug use on waterways,” Lundstrom said.

•2017 Small Game and Furbearer Regulations Set

North Dakota’s 2017 small game and furbearer regulations are set and most season structures are similar to last year.

Notable changes include:

Fur harvesters will have an opportunity to take river otters, with a season limit of 15 taken by traps or cable devices. A limit of one per person is allowed during this season.

As per North Dakota Century Code, snares (cable devices) must be permanently affixed with a metal or plastic tag to include the person’s name, address and telephone number, or an equipment number.

The delayed pheasant opening area in Williams and McKenzie counties is eliminated. The pheasant season will open statewide Oct. 7.

Prairie chicken and sage grouse seasons will remain closed due to low populations.

In accordance with state law, nonresidents are not allowed to hunt on Game and Fish Department wildlife management areas or conservation PLOTS (Private Land Open To Sportsmen) areas from Oct. 7-13.

Hunters should refer to the North Dakota 2017-18 Small Game and Furbearer guides (available mid-August) for more details on small game and furbearer seasons. Printed waterfowl guides will be available in early September.

Opening and closing season dates, and daily and possession limits.

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