I've got family in Minot, North Dakota and I'd like to plan a hunting trip up there maybe next year. I'm from the South and I don't know much about hunting up North (i.e. seasons & wildlife). I'd like to bow hunt but I'm open to rifle. Any ideas?
I live 90 miles NE of Minot. I am assuming you are talking deer? If so, you can buy your tag right over the counter for whitetail. If you want to chase mule deer around the badlands you will need to apply for that tag, in March I beleive. The tags are good statewide and are good for a buck, doe or fawn. Very liberal season, usually starts the Friday closest to September 1st and runs continuously through to the Sunday closest to the last day of December. Non-residents cannot gun hunt antelope, but I am not sure about with a bow, but I do not think they can hunt them with archery equipment either?
Rifle, you will need to apply for a tag, same as residents, which is done by early to mid June. For Whitetail, some units have good success for NR's to draw others are very tough to draw a tag in, for Mule Deer, plan on applying for about 5-6 years for a NR tag!
If your family hunts they should have some ideas on where to point you to hunt, if not I would start by contacting the DesLacs National Wildlife Refuge!
Also review and contact the ND Game and Fish Website - most of the information that you will need is on thier site.
Thanks Trapper62. My brother recently was stationed at Minot AFB so he's not familiar with the area either. I'll have to hunt public land. Thanks for the info. I noticed some WMA's online and something called PLOTS too. I guess whitetails outnumber mule deer up there?
Mainly whitetail, Get a PLOTS Guide, they are free and there is a lot of land available to hunt. I would still focus on the DesLacs Refuge or the Clark Saylor Refuge. Use your binoculars and try to pattern the deer or find fields that they are using. During early season it isn't to difficult to get a deer unless you are fussy and hunting for a large buck!
I could see the small band of mule deer picking their way towards me through the sagebrush 800 plus yards away. With my 10 power binoculars I spotted a legal buck bringing up the tail. I dropped down and crouched behind a large chunk of sage just waiting for them to pass within range. Unfortunately, they stopped and began milling around before finally settling down, with a few of them laying down right out in the open. They were not going to come to me; if I wanted any closer, I'd...