North Dakota Hunting News

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Winter Workshops in North Dakota

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program has scheduled one-day winter workshops Jan. 26-27 at Cross Ranch State Park, Center, and Feb. 24, 25 and 26 at Lake Metigoshe State Park, Bottineau.

Cross-country skiing (Jan. 26) and snowshoeing (Jan. 27) will be offered at Cross Ranch.

Another 3F2 Mule Deer Tests Positive for CWD in North Dakota

A mule deer taken from unit 3F2 during opening weekend of the deer gun season has tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

Dr. Dan Grove, North Dakota Game and Fish Department wildlife veterinarian, said a hunter shot a doe in western Grant County and submitted the head for testing as part of the hunter-harvested surveillance program. Testing was performed at Michigan State University. As of Tuesday, Nov. 22, Game and Fish was awaiting verification of initial tests results from a lab at Iowa State University.

North Dakota Muzzleloader Season Opens Nov. 25

North Dakota’s muzzleloader deer season opens at noon Friday, Nov. 25 and continues through Dec. 11. Hunters with a lottery muzzleloader license can hunt white-tailed deer statewide.

In addition, unfilled second, third or other concurrent season any-antlerless, antlerless whitetail or antlerless mule deer licenses are still valid, but only in the unit to which the license is assigned. Hunters with these licenses must use a muzzleloader and hunt only the species printed on the license.

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

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.

Mountain Lion Take Nears Early-Season Quota in North Dakota

A mountain lion harvested Oct. 27 near the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park is the seventh cat taken in zone 1. If three more are 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.

North Dakota: Mule Deer Production Lowest on Record

Aerial observations during the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s fall mule deer survey indicated production was the lowest since the demographic survey began in 1954.

North Dakota 3F2 Deer Hunters Reminded of Regulations

Hunters with a deer license in unit 3F2 are reminded of preventive measures intended to reduce the likelihood of spreading chronic wasting disease within North Dakota.

Hunters harvesting a big game animal cannot transport a carcass containing the head and spinal column outside of the unit unless it’s taken directly to a meat processor. However, the head can be removed from the carcass and transported outside of the unit if it is to be submitted to a CWD surveillance drop-off location or a licensed taxidermist.

Remaining FCFS Deer Licenses Suspended on Friday, Hunters May Seek Refunds in North Dakota

Based on continuing reports of white-tailed deer mortality in western North Dakota caused by epizootic hemorrhagic disease, the state Game and Fish Department is suspending the sale of remaining first-come, first-served deer licenses in units 3F1, 3F2 and 4F, effective Friday, Oct. 21 at 5 p.m. Central Time.

North Dakota Agencies Prohibit Hunting Over Bait

Hunters are reminded that hunting big game over bait is prohibited on all state owned or managed wildlife management areas, all U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service national wildlife refuges and waterfowl production areas, U.S. Forest Service national grasslands, and all North Dakota state school, state park and state forest service lands.

In addition, the governor’s proclamation relating to chronic wasting disease includes a provision that prohibits hunting big game over bait on both public and private land in deer unit 3F2.

Verify Deer Licenses, Gratis Applicants Apply Early in North Dakota

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department urges deer hunters to find their license and check it for accuracy.

In addition, landowners interested in applying for a gratis license are encouraged to submit the application early. It is not possible to process the application the same day; applications are processed in the order received and the license will be mailed out the next day.