North Dakota's Tentative 2012 Season Opening Dates

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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:

2012 Tentative Season Opening Dates
SeasonTentative Opening Date
Spring CrowMarch 10
Spring TurkeyApril 14
Fall CrowAugust 11
Deer Bow, Mountain LionAugust 31
DoveSeptember 1
Sharptail, Hun, Ruffed Grouse, SquirrelSeptember 8
Youth DeerSeptember 14
Youth Waterfowl, Sandhill CraneSeptember 15
Early Resident WaterfowlSeptember 22
Regular WaterfowlSeptember 29
Youth PheasantOctober 6
Pheasant, Fall TurkeyOctober 13
Mink, Muskrat, Weasel TrappingOctober 27
Deer GunNovember 9
Deer MuzzleloaderNovember 30