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Now is the Time to Plan Fall Hunts

Dates released for the 2018 hunting season in North Dakota

The first step toward planning a hunting trip is knowing what you want to hunt, where you want to hunt it and when you can legally do so. Hunting seasons as set by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department can be found by clicking here. Take a quick look at popular openers here.

Now you know what and when you can hunt. It’s up to you to find the best location in North Dakota for the game you are chasing.

Spring brings a light goose season and fall brings with it dove, duck, Hungarian partridge, ruffed grouse, sharp-tailed grouse and mule deer and white-tail deer bow seasons. The popular pheasant opener is October 6 and deer gun arrives on November 9.

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 can be found anywhere, with white-tail found mostly on the prairies and mule deer mostly in the rugged western Badlands.

Now is the time to make early preparations. Line up guides if you want one, buy the new gun you've been putting off and make sure it's sighted in. Plan for time away from work and line up lodging for the duration of the trip. A little work beforehand means a lot less stress come opening day.

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