North Dakota Hunting Seasons

North Dakota hunters have a great passion for the outdoors. The opening of a hunting season is often treated like a holiday for many families. There's a reason not only North Dakota hunters, but thousands from other states, show such passion.

Pheasant hunters have flocked to hot spots within North Dakota, and those spots could be even hotter this year, according to crowing counts conducted by the state Game and Fish Department.

Hunting opportunities across North Dakota range from upland game birds to an array of big-game species to abundant waterfowl. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is your resource for resident and non-resident licenses and fees. It also has detailed maps of the state's hunting zones for deer, waterfowl and upland game. Here are the tentativ opening dates for 2015:

2015 Waterfowl Opening Dates

  • Early Canada Goose - See Game and Fish website for dates
  • Ducks - Sept. 26 (Early resident); Oct. 3
  • Geese - Sept. 26 (Early resident); Oct. 3
  • Tundra Swan - (lottery only, applications available late July) Oct. 3

2015 Upland Game Opening Dates

  • Dove - Sept. 1
  • Sandhill crane - Sept. 19
  • Sharp-tailed grouse - Sept. 12
  • Hungarian partridge - Sept. 12
  • Tree squirrel - Sept. 12
  • Ruffed grouse - Sept. 12
  • Ring-necked pheasant - Oct. 10

2015 Big Game Opening Dates 

Digital Hunting and Fishing Guide

North Dakota is a hunter's paradise. Let us help you plan your next hunt for deer, pheasant, geese and more.  Click here to view the digital Hunting and Fishing Guide.