2017 Hunting Openers

2016 North Dakota hunting season openers near

The first step toward planning a hunting trip is know what you want to hunt, where you want to hunt it and when you can legally do so. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department recently released its tentative 2017 hunting season dates. Now you know what and when you can hunt. It’s up to you to find out where in North Dakota is the best location for the game you are chasing.

If you’re gunning for mule deer in the Badlands or whitetails on the prairie, you can get in the field November 10. If it’s grouse and partridge you want, head into the field September 9; waterfowl September 23 for residents and September 30 for regular waterfowl. The highly anticipated pheasant opener is October 7.

Now that you know what and when you are hunting, all you have to do is decide where: Devils Lake and the Central Flyway in central and eastern North Dakota is great for waterfowl, while areas mostly – but not exclusively – in the south and west are best for upland game like pheasants. Deer, well, they can be found anywhere.

Be safe and have fun in the field.

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