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.

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  opening dates for 2017:


Waterfowl Opening Dates

  • Canada Goose - Aug. 15 (Early Season); Sept. 23 (resident); Sept. 30 (nonresident)
  • Spring Light Goose - Feb. 2, 2018 
  • Ducks - Sept. 23 (Early resident); Sept. 30
  • Geese - Sept. 23 (Early resident); Sept. 30

Upland Game Opening Dates

  • Dove - Sept. 1
  • Sharp-tailed grouse - Sept. 9
  • Hungarian partridge - Sept. 9
  • Tree squirrel - Sept. 9
  • Ruffed grouse - Sept. 9
  • Ring-necked pheasant - Oct. 7

Big Game Opening Dates