Find and Verify Your Deer License

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It's a month before deer season opens. Do you know where your license is?

That's a question that Carrie Whitney, North Dakota Game and Fish Department licensing supervisor, would like to ask every deer hunter in the state. By answering the question now, it would sure cut down on the number of panicked, last minute requests for duplicate licenses on Nov. 5, the day deer season opens.

"Every year we get calls from hunters at the last minute, including the morning of opening day, who are in distress because they can't find their license," Whitney said, "and if it happens at that point, it's difficult to try to get a replacement license as quickly as one would like."

That is just one reason why hunters should look for their deer license now. Another one is to check it for accuracy.

"It is not only a misplaced license that can cause for a delay," Whitney said. "Sometimes the information on the license isn't what the hunter thought it should be. Hunters need to double-check the license now to make sure the unit, species and deer sex doesn't lead to any surprises."

Deer hunters in need of a replacement license can print out a duplicate (replacement) license application from the game and fish website, discovernd.com/gnf, or can call 701-328-6300 to have an application mailed or faxed.

The form must be completely filled out and notorized, and sent back in to the department with a fee. "We will process the application the day it is received at the office," Whitney said, "and the license will be mailed out the next day."