Hunting pheasants near Regent
Hunting pheasants near Regent

Fall Hunting in North Dakota

Hunters preparing for another season in North Dakota

There’s more than one way to hunt in North Dakota: the more traditional way with a shotgun or rifle, and the less-traditional way with binoculars.

Waterfowlers and upland game hunters are in the field now and will be until their seasons end in early December to early January. Crowing counts are up this year and good moisture for habitat leads biologists to believe upland game numbers will be up as well. North Dakota’s location along the Central Flyway means vast flocks of migratory birds will be making their way across the middle of the state, making it a special time not only for goose and duck hunters but for birding enthusiasts, as well.

Now is the time to make sure all of your hunting needs - including purchasing licenses - is taken care of. And don't forget your partner in the field. Gun Dog magazine recommends a pre-hunt vet checkup and vaccinations to prevent infections that can be transmitted from wildlife to dogs. And if Rover hasn't been in the field for a while, it might be time to start conditioning (slowly) for the hunt ahead.

Finally, in early November, hunters put down their shotguns and take up their rifles as deer season gets under way. Deer hunting is a traditional rite of passage for young hunting enthusiasts in North Dakota. Click here for 2016 opening dates.

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has comprehensive details regarding big game, upland game, waterfowl, furbearers, other migratory birds, and more.

You can also find information on public (PLOTS) land.

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