Applications available in early-to-mid March - Application deadline: March 27.
Bighorn Sheep Season Dates:
- Bow Only Season (All Units): October 18 - November 7.
- Regular Season (all units): October 25 - November 7.
See Bighorn Sheep Hunting Units Map 614Kb PDF
Bighorn Sheep Unit Descriptions:
Unit B1--All of Slope County and those portions of Billings and Golden Valley counties south of Interstate 94 except that portion identified as Unit B2 (see Unit B2 description).
Unit B2--Those portions of Billings County starting at the Interstate 94 Fryburg Exit #36, then south to 38th Street, then west to 136th Avenue, then south to 43rd Street--USFS 740, then west to KG Road--USFS 765, then south to Dantz Creek (between Kendley and Moody Plateaus), then west to East River Road (FH3)--USFS 742, then north to USFS 794, then west to Little Missouri River, then north to Garner Creek, then west to West River Road--USFS 745, then north to Old Highway 10, then east to Interstate 94, then east to point of origin.
Unit B3--Rams with radio collars may not be harvested. Those portions of Golden Valley, Billings, Stark and McKenzie counties starting at a point where Interstate 94 enters North Dakota, then following Interstate 94 east to U.S. Highway 85, then north to McKenzie County Road 50, then west to McKenzie County Road 27--Red Wing Road, then north to McKenzie County Road 38--Hay Draw Road, then west and north to Montana State Line, then south to point of origin.
Unit B4--Those portions of McKenzie and Dunn counties starting at the intersection of McKenzie County Road 38--Hay Draw Road and the Montana State Line, then south and east to McKenzie County Road 27--Red Wing Road, then south and east to McKenzie County Road 50, then east to U.S. Highway 85, then south to ND Highway 200, then east to ND Highway 22, then north to McKenzie County Road 53, then west and north to ND Highway 23 (excluding area within Fort Berthold Indian Reservation), then west to U.S. Highway 85, then west and north to the south bank of the Missouri River (Lake Sakakawea), then west along the south bank of the Missouri River to the Montana State line, then south to the point of origin. Except all sections in T. 146N. R. 100W., T. 147N. R. 99W., T. 147N. R. 100W., T. 147N. R. 101W., T. 147N. R. 102W., that portion of T. 146N. R. 101W. north of USFS Road 822 (Flat Top Road), and that portion of sections 1-10, 17 and 18 of T. 147N. R. 98W. south of the Little Missouri River, which is closed to hunting of bighorn sheep.
Resident licenses required:
- Fishing, Hunting and Furbearer Certificate, $1
- General Game and Habitat License, $13, or a Combination License, $32 (includes Small Game, General Game and Habitat, Furbearer, and Fishing licenses)
- Bighorn Sheep License, $20 ($10 for youth under age 16).
Nonresident licenses required:
- Nonresident Fishing, Hunting and Furbearer Certificate, $2
- General Game and Habitat License, $13
- Nonresident Bighorn Sheep License, $500.
- See details below: One bighorn lottery license may be issued annually to a nonresident drawn in the regular lottery. Application fee is $100, nonrefundable.
Bighorn sheep auction License. One bighorn license is auctioned in March by the Wild Sheep Foundation – Midwest Chapter. North Dakota residents and nonresidents are eligible to purchase this license. Proceeds fund bighorn sheep research in North Dakota.
Nonresidents May Not Hunt on Game and Fish Lands Oct. 12-18
Nonresidents may not hunt on lands owned or leased by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, including state wildlife management areas and Private Lands Open To Sportsmen (PLOTS), for the first week of pheasant season (October 13-19). This restriction applies to all types of hunting, not just pheasants. This restriction does not apply to lands owned or managed by other state agencies that may be open to hunting, such as state school lands, or federal lands that may be open to hunting, such as U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service waterfowl production areas, or to private lands not enrolled in the Game and Fish PLOTS program.