North Dakota's Tentative 2012 Season Opening Dates
To help North Dakota hunters make vacation plans and lodging reservations for hunting seasons in 2012, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department annually provides tentative opening dates for the coming year.
Some popular hunting seasons will have opening day arrive nearly a week later in 2012 due to the calendar change. For example, opening day of pheasant season is always the second Saturday in October, which in 2012 is Oct. 13. Therefore, nonresidents will not be able to hunt on state wildlife management areas or Private Land Open To Sportsmen acres from Oct. 13-20.
The opening day for deer, which falls on the Friday prior to Veterans Day, is tentatively set for Nov. 9, the second Friday of November. Veterans Day in 2012 is Sunday, Nov. 11.
Dates become official when approved by governor’s proclamation. Tentative opening dates for 2012 include:
|Season||Tentative Opening Date|
|Spring Crow||March 10|
|Spring Turkey||April 14|
|Fall Crow||August 11|
|Deer Bow, Mountain Lion||August 31|
|Sharptail, Hun, Ruffed Grouse, Squirrel||September 8|
|Youth Deer||September 14|
|Youth Waterfowl, Sandhill Crane||September 15|
|Early Resident Waterfowl||September 22|
|Regular Waterfowl||September 29|
|Youth Pheasant||October 6|
|Pheasant, Fall Turkey||October 13|
|Mink, Muskrat, Weasel Trapping||October 27|
|Deer Gun||November 9|
|Deer Muzzleloader||November 30|