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Youth Deer Hunting

Youth Hunting

 

Finalized season dates and regulations for 2014 should be available late April-early May.


Special Youth Deer Season

Open to residents only.

    -- Tentative 2014 --
  • Opens: September 19 (12 noon Central Time)
  • Closes: September 28
  • Application Deadlines:
    • Restricted youth antlered mule deer lottery: June 4
    • Regular youth season: September 1
  • Areas: Statewide

The following information is from the 2013 season and is provided for reference only. This information will be updated once the 2014 proclaimation has been signed and the 2014 hunting guide finalized.


Eligibility

Read full section in the 2013 Hunting Guide.

Note: Because of legislative changes to the deer hunting age structure, prospective deer hunters who are 13 years old during the 2013 youth deer season, but turn 14 on or before Dec. 31, 2013, are not eligible to receive the statewide whitetail doe license that was previously available to 12- and 13-year-olds. They are, however, eligible to receive the statewide any-deer license (with restrictions on mule deer bucks). Anyone who falls within the age group of 13-year-olds who turn 14 from Sept. 30 through Dec. 31, 2013, who have not yet applied for a 2013 deer license, and who want to retain eligibility to apply for a youth mule deer buck license in 2014, should not purchase a youth deer license in 2013, as this license is available only once. See detailed breakdown below.

Who May Apply – Residents and nonresidents are eligible for deer bow, deer gun and muzzleloader seasons. Residents ages 12 and 13, and 11-year-olds who turn age 12 in 2013, are eligible to receive an antlerless white-tailed deer license. Resident deer gun hunters ages 14 and 15 who have never received a youth season deer gun license as a 14-or 15-year-old (receiving a license at age 12 or 13 does not apply) are eligible to receive a youth deer license. Youth who turn age 14 in 2013 may apply for and receive a special youth deer license and hunt during the youth season.


Detailed Breakdown

Youth Deer Gun License Types:

1) Antlerless White-tailed Deer -

  • Statewide
  • Valid only during youth season (Sept. 20-29. 2013)

You may apply for this license if:

  • you are currently age 11 but you will turn 12 during the year 2013
  • or
  • you are currently age 12
  • or
  • you are currently age 13 and will not turn 14 before or on Dec. 31, 2013

2) Youth Deer License -

  • This license may be either 'Restricted' (antlered mule deer by lottery) or statewide for any deer (see exceptions).
  • The license is valid during the youth season (Sept. 20-29, 2013) and, if the licensee is unsuccessful in harvesting a deer during the youth deer season, during the regular deer gun season (Nov. 8 (12 noon CST)-24, 2013).

You may apply for this license if:

  • you have never had one of these licenses before
  • and (one of the following)
  • you are currently 13 but will turn 14 before or on Dec. 31, 2013
    • Note: All Restricted Youth licenses for 2013 have been awarded. If you want to apply for a youth mule deer buck license next year, do NOT purchase a regular youth any deer license this year.
  • or
  • You are currently 14 years of age
  • or
  • You are currently 15 years of age, and will not turn 16 before or on Dec. 31, 2013

Hunter Education Requirement – Hunters born after December 31, 1961, must have passed a certified state or provincial hunter education course in order to purchase a North Dakota hunting license. Persons who hunt only on land they own or operate are exempt from this requirement. In addition, individuals who are 16 years of age and older who have not taken the hunter education course can receive an apprentice hunter validation that enables them to hunt deer for one license year. Contact the Game and Fish Department for details.

Minimum Age – There is no minimum age for purchasing a bow license. The minimum age to purchase an antlerless white-tailed deer gun license is 12 (exception: qualifying 11-year-olds). The minimum age to purchase a youth deer, deer gun or muzzleloader license is 14 (exception: qualifying 13-year-olds). Anyone under age 15 afield with firearms must be under direct supervision of a parent, guardian or adult authorized by their parent or guardian.

Restrictions: Ages 11 (who qualify), 12 and 13 – antlerless white-tailed deer only. Ages 14 and 15 – any deer is legal, except antlerless mule deer in units 3B1, 3B2, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E and 4F. No unit restrictions, except in units 3B1, 3B2, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E and 4F, a special license is required to hunt antlered mule deer. Those possessing restricted antlered mule deer licenses may hunt only in their designated unit the entire season. Orange clothing required for youth hunters, mentors and anyone accompanying apprentice license holders.

Firearms and Archery Equipment

Read full section in the 2013 Hunting Guide.

Youth Deer Season – All firearms and archery equipment allowed during the regular deer gun season are legal during the youth deer season. In addition, each youth licensee must be accompanied by at least one unarmed parent, guardian, or adult authorized by their parent or guardian. (A licensed hunter in the field during the dates of the youth deer season cannot be accompanied by a person carrying a firearm or bow and arrow, unless that person is another licensed youth season hunter.) Quadriplegics of any age having a regular deer season lottery license may also hunt during the youth deer season but are restricted to the type of deer and unit as described on their license.

National Wildlife Refuges

Read full section in the 2013 Hunting Guide.

National wildlife refuges open to deer hunting during the youth deer season include: Arrowwood, Chase Lake, Des Lacs, J. Clark Salyer, Long Lake, Lostwood, Lake Alice, Lake Nettie, Sibley Lake, Slade, Tewaukon, Upper Souris and Zahl. Youth hunters are required to contact refuge headquarters for permission and details.

Licenses

Read full section in the 2013 Hunting Guide.

Antlerless white-tailed deer – Ages 11 (who qualify), 12 and 13. Licenses are issued only through the Department’s Bismarck office. The deadline for submitting applications is September 1, 2013.

Youth deer – Ages 13 (who qualify), 14 and 15. Licenses are issued only through the Department’s Bismarck office. The deadline for submitting a restricted youth antlered mule deer lottery application is June 5, 2013. The deadline for submitting a regular youth season application is September 1, 2013.

Resident Deer Bow (under 16 at time of purchase) - $10
Youth Deer (residents 15 and younger at time of application) - $10
Resident Deer Gun or Muzzleloader (under 16 at time of application) - $10


Other Guidelines

Licenses Availability

Read full section in the 2013 Hunting Guide.

Antlerless White-tailed Deer for Ages 11 (who qualify), 12 and 13 – Restricted to antlerless white-tailed deer. Valid statewide. The license is valid only during the dates of the youth season (September 20-29).

Youth Deer – Ages 13 (who qualify), 14 and 15. Restricted youth (type I) antlered mule deer licenses (valid for any deer except antlerless mule deer in units 3B1, 3B2, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E and 4F) are limited as follows: units 3B1-20, 3B2-10, 4A-15, 4B-20, 4C-20, 4D-15, 4E-10 and 4F-5. Regular youth (type H) licenses are valid statewide for any deer (except mule deer in units 3B1, 3B2, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E and 4F) and are not limited. If the licensee is unsuccessful in harvesting a deer during the youth deer season, the license is also valid during the regular deer gun season. Restricted youth antlered mule deer licenses are valid only for the specific unit during either season.

Bag Limit

Read full section in the 2013 Hunting Guide.

  • Residents ages 12 and 13 may take and possess one antlerless white-tailed deer.
  • Youth deer license holders (ages 14 and 15) may take and possess one deer of any species, sex or age, except in units 3B1, 3B2, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E and 4F where a special license is required to hunt antlered mule deer. Harvest of antlerless mule deer is prohibited in units 3B1, 3B2, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E and 4F.

Orange Clothing Requirements

Read full section in the 2013 Hunting Guide.

All youth deer season and muzzleloader season hunters are required to wear orange clothing. Legal orange clothing is a head covering and outer garment above the waistline of solid daylight fluorescent orange color, totaling at least 400 square inches.