Ninth Cat Taken in Zone 1, One More Closes Early Season in North Dakota

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North Dakota’s ninth mountain lion in zone 1 was taken Nov. 8. If one more is taken from zone 1 before Nov. 20, the early-season quota of 10 will be reached and mountain lion hunting in zone 1 will close immediately.

If the final lion is taken before Nov. 20, the state Game and Fish Department will notify media outlets announcing the close of the early season in zone 1. Hunters can also check the number of lions taken in zone 1 by accessing the Game and Fish Department website at

The late season in zone 1, with a quota of four, opens Nov. 21. There is no carry-over if the early-season quota is not filled.

Zone 1 includes land south of ND Highway 1804 from the Montana border to the point where ND Highway 1804 lies directly across Lake Sakakawea from ND Highway 8, crossing Lake Sakakawea then south along ND Highway 8 to ND Highway 200, then west on ND Highway 200 to U.S. Highway 85, then south on U.S. Highway 85 to the South Dakota border.

The mountain lion season in zone 2, which is the rest of the state outside zone 1, has no quota and is open through March 31, 2012.

The mountain lion season is open only to North Dakota residents. A furbearer or combination license is required.


hunter25's picture

If they are going to reach

If they are going to reach the quota and it looks like they probably are then it must be a pretty good area for them. In general it sounds like the don't have that many since it's only open to residents but we have had a few lion stories from there this year. Anyway good luck in the race to get that last spot filled before the deadline shuts down the early season here.