North Dakota Hunting Seasons by Date

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 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.