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Licensing Requirements Quick Reference

Hunting
 

The following is a quick reference by species/animal type listing the licenses required to hunt each.

Note: Pricing for the different licenses can be found at Resident Licenses and Requirements and Nonresident Licenses and Requirements.

Big Game

Note: See specific regulations for each species.

Bighorn Sheep

Residents must possess the following licenses:

  • Fishing, Hunting and Furbearer Certificate
  • General Game and Habitat License or
  • Combination License (includes Small Game, General Game and Habitat, Furbearer, and Fishing licenses)
  • Bighorn Sheep License

Nonresidents must possess the following licenses:

  • Nonresident Fishing, Hunting and Furbearer Certificate
  • General Game and Habitat License
  • Nonresident Bighorn Sheep License

Elk

Residents must possess the following licenses:

  • Fishing, Hunting and Furbearer Certificate
  • General Game and Habitat License or
  • Combination License (includes Small Game, General Game and Habitat, Furbearer, and Fishing licenses)
  • Elk License

Nonresidents:

  • Nonresidents may participate in the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation/Game Warden Museum elk license raffle. Contact the nearest game warden for raffle tickets.
  • A nonresident successful in winning the raffle license must also purchase the following:
    • Nonresident Fishing, Hunting and Furbearer Certificate
    • General Game and Habitat License

Moose

Residents must possess the following licenses:

  • Fishing, Hunting and Furbearer Certificate
  • General Game and Habitat License or
  • Combination License, (includes Small Game, General Game and Habitat, Furbearer, and Fishing licenses)
  • Moose License

Nonresidents:

  • Nonresidents may participate in the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation/Game Warden Museum moose license raffle. Contact the nearest game warden for raffle tickets.
  • A nonresident successful in winning the raffle license must also purchase the following:
    • Nonresident Fishing, Hunting and Furbearer Certificate
    • General Game and Habitat License

Mule Deer

Residents must possess the following licenses:

  • Fishing, Hunting and Furbearer Certificate
  • General Game and Habitat License or
  • Combination License, (includes Small Game, General Game and Habitat, Furbearer, and Fishing licenses)
  • Deer License

Nonresidents must possess the following licenses:

  • Nonresident Fishing, Hunting and Furbearer Certificate
  • General Game and Habitat License
  • Deer License

Pronghorn

Residents must possess the following licenses:

  • Fishing, Hunting and Furbearer Certificate
  • General Game and Habitat License or
  • Combination License, (includes Small Game, General Game and Habitat, Furbearer, and Fishing licenses)
  • Pronghorn Gun License

White-tailed Deer

Residents must possess the following licenses:

  • Fishing, Hunting and Furbearer Certificate
  • General Game and Habitat License or
  • Combination License, (includes Small Game, General Game and Habitat, Furbearer, and Fishing licenses)
  • Deer License
  • Military - North Dakota residents who are on active duty with the United Stated Armed Forces and who were stationed outside of the state during the initial 2013 deer gun lottery are eligible to purchase one deer gun license for a white-tailed deer in a unit of their choice. Also, North Dakota residents who were on active duty with the United States Armed Forces and stationed outside of the state during the 2012 deer gun season and therefore were unable to participate in the season, are eligible to purchase one white-tailed deer gun license in a unit of their choice.

Nonresidents must possess the following licenses:

  • Nonresident Fishing, Hunting and Furbearer Certificate
  • General Game and Habitat License
  • Deer License

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Fishing

Note: See specific fishing regulations.

Residents must possess the following licenses:

  • Fishing, Hunting and Furbearer Certificate
  • Combination License, (includes Small Game, General Game and Habitat, Furbearer, and Fishing licenses) or
  • Fishing License (not required if under 16)
  • Military - North Dakota residents who are on leave from active duty with the United States military can fish without a license.

Nonresidents must possess the following licenses:

  • Nonresident Fishing, Hunting and Furbearer Certificate
  • Nonresident Fishing

Paddlefish

Residents must possess the following licenses:

  • Fishing, Hunting and Furbearer Certificate
  • Combination License, (includes Small Game, General Game and Habitat, Furbearer, and Fishing licenses) or
  • Fishing License (not required if under 16)
  • Paddlefish Snagging Tag

Nonresidents must possess the following licenses:

  • Nonresident Fishing, Hunting and Furbearer Certificate
  • Nonresident Fishing
  • Paddlefish Snagging Tag

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Furbearers

Note: See specific hunting/trapping requirements for each species.

Furbearers General

Species include: Badger, Beaver, Bobcat, Fisher, Mink, Muskrat, Racoon, Weasel.

General Trapping and Snaring Requirements

Except for residents under 16 years of age, a furbearer license is required to hunt or trap furbearers. Nonresidents may not take furbearers, except they may hunt fox and coyote if they possess a furbearer and nongame license. Exceptions: Residents of a state that allows North Dakota residents to trap within that state, may purchase a nonresident reciprocal trapping license to trap in this state. Nonresidents having this license may not take bobcats, mountain lions or fishers.

Hunters and trappers are required to purchase licenses, except any resident, or member of his or her family permanently residing with him or her, may hunt small game, trap or use cable devices during the open season without a license upon land owned or leased by him or her, but otherwise is governed by seasons, limits and all other regulations.

Residents do not need a license to take unprotected species of wildlife (prairie dogs, rabbits, skunks, ground squirrels). Nonresidents hunting only unprotected species of wildlife need only a nongame license.

Residents must possess the following licenses:

  • Fishing, Hunting, and Furbearer Certificate
  • Furbearer License (not required of residents under age 16), or
  • Combination License (includes Small Game, General Game and Habitat, Furbearer, and Fishing licenses)
  • Military - Upon presentation of valid leave papers and a valid North Dakota operator's license, a resident who is on leave and is an active duty as a member of the United States armed forces or the United States merchant marine may hunt small game, fish, or trap during the open season without a license.

Nonresidents Reciprocal Trapping License:

North Dakota offers a reciprocal trapping (includes snaring) license to nonresidents whose home state allows North Dakota residents to trap. Nonresidents having this license may not take bobcats, mountain lions or fishers.


Species Specific Trapping and Snaring Requirements

Coyote

Residents must possess the following licenses:

  • Fishing, Hunting, and Furbearer Certificate
  • Furbearer License - (not required of residents under age 16), or
  • Combination License (includes Small Game, General Game and Habitat, Furbearer, and Fishing licenses)
  • Military - Upon presentation of valid leave papers and a valid North Dakota operator's license, a resident who is on leave and is an active duty as a member of the United States armed forces or the United States merchant marine may hunt small game, fish, or trap during the open season without a license.

Nonresidents must possess the following licenses:

  • Nonresident Fishing, Hunting, and Furbearer Certificate
  • Nonresident Furbearer and Nongame License

Fox (Red and Gray)

Residents must possess the following licenses:

  • Fishing, Hunting, and Furbearer Certificate
  • Furbearer License (not required of residents under age 16), or
  • Combination License (includes Small Game, General Game and Habitat, Furbearer, and Fishing licenses)
  • Military - Upon presentation of valid leave papers and a valid North Dakota operator's license, a resident who is on leave and is an active duty as a member of the United States armed forces or the United States merchant marine may hunt small game, fish, or trap during the open season without a license.

Nonresidents must possess the following licenses:

  • Nonresident Fishing, Hunting, and Furbearer Certificate
  • Nonresident Furbearer and Nongame License

Mountain Lion

Residents must possess the following licenses:

  • Fishing, Hunting, and Furbearer Certificate
  • Furbearer License (not required of residents under age 16), or
  • Combination License (includes Small Game, General Game and Habitat, Furbearer, and Fishing licenses)
  • Military - Upon presentation of valid leave papers and a valid North Dakota operator's license, a resident who is on leave and is an active duty as a member of the United States armed forces or the United States merchant marine may hunt small game, fish, or trap during the open season without a license.

Nonresidents: Mountain lion may only be harvested by North Dakota residents.

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Upland Game and Small Game

Note: See specific regulations for each species.

Upland General

Species include: Hungarian Partridge, Pheasants, Sharp-tailed and Ruffed Grouse, Tree Squirrels.

Residents must possess the following licenses:

  • Fishing, Hunting, and Furbearer Certificate
  • Small Game License (Not required of residents under age 16) and General Game and Habitat License
    or
    Combination License (includes Small Game, General Game and Habitat, Furbearer, and Fishing licenses)

Nonresidents must possess the following licenses:

  • Fishing, Hunting, Furbearer Certificate
  • General Game and Habitat License
  • Nonresident Small Game License (good for two 7-day periods or one 14-day period)

Wild Turkey - Spring

Residents must possess the following licenses:

  • Fishing, Hunting, Furbearer Certificate
  • Small Game License (Not required of residents under age 16) and General Game and Habitat License
    or
    Combination License (includes Small Game, General Game and Habitat, Furbearer, and Fishing licenses)
  • Spring Wild Turkey License

Nonresidents: Open only to North Dakota residents.


Wild Turkey - Fall

Residents must possess the following licenses:

  • Fishing, Hunting, Furbearer Certificate
  • Small Game License (Not required of residents under age 16) and General Game and Habitat License
    or
    Combination License (includes Small Game, General Game and Habitat, Furbearer, and Fishing licenses)
  • Fall Wild Turkey License

Nonresidents must possess the following licenses:

  • Fishing, Hunting, Furbearer Certificate
  • General Game and Habitat License
  • Nonresident Fall Wild Turkey License

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Migratory Birds

Note: See specific regulations for each species.

Note: See Upland Game for licensing information on Crow, Wild Turkey, Doves, Hungarian Partridge, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Ruffed Grouse, Sandhill Cranes, Snipe, Woodcock, and Pheasants.

Fall Waterfowl Seasons

Species include: Snow geese, Blue geese, Ross's geese, White-fronted Geese, Canada Geese, Mergansers, Ducks, Coots.

Residents must possess the following licenses:

  • Harvest Information Program registration
  • Fishing, Hunting, and Furbearer Certificate
  • Small Game License (Not required of residents under age 16) and General Game and Habitat License
    or
    Combination License (includes Small Game, General Game and Habitat, Furbearer, and Fishing licenses)
  • Federal migratory bird stamp (duck stamp) - required of all hunters 16 years of age and older.

Nonresidents must possess the following licenses:

  • Harvest Information Program registration
  • Nonresident Fishing, Hunting, Furbearer Certificate
  • General Game and Habitat License
  • Federal migratory bird stamp (duck stamp) - required of all hunters 16 years of age and older.
  • Nonresident waterfowl license - two types are available:
    • A statewide license, good for two 7-day periods or one 14-day period, or
    • A zone-restricted license that requires the nonresident to select hunting zones (see **Nonresident Waterfowl Hunting Zones below) according to the following restrictions:
      1. A nonresident must select Zone 1 or Zone 2 for one seven-day period and Zone 3 for the other seven-day period; or
      2. Zone 3 for the full 14 days or two seven-day periods; or
      3. Zones 1 and 3 concurrently for the same 7-day period or zones 2 and 3 concurrently for the same 7-day period. This option effectively reduces the license to seven days only, as the two 7-day periods are run at the same time.

Early Canada Goose

Species include: Canada Geese

Residents must possess the following licenses:

  • Early Canada Goose
  • Harvest Information Program registration
  • Fishing, Hunting, and Furbearer Certificate
  • Small Game License (Not required of residents under age 16) and General Game and Habitat License
    or
    Combination License (includes Small Game, General Game and Habitat, Furbearer, and Fishing licenses)
  • Federal migratory bird stamp (duck stamp) - required of all hunters 16 years of age and older.

Nonresidents must possess the following licenses:

  • Nonresident Early Canada Goose - Nonresidents under age 16 can purchase license at resident fee if their state has youth reciprocity licensing with North Dakota.
  • This is a special, separate license for the early season.
  • Early Canada Goose season days do not count against the 14-day regular season nonresident license.
  • Harvest Information Program registration
  • Federal migratory bird stamp (duck stamp) - required of all hunters 16 years of age and older.

Spring Light Goose Season

Species include:Spring Light Geese - Snow, blue and Ross"s geese only

NOTE: A federal migratory bird stamp (duck stamp) is not required for spring season.

Residents must possess the following licenses:

  • Fishing, Hunting, and Furbearer Certificate
  • Small Game License (Not required of residents under age 16) and General Game and Habitat License
    or
    Combination License (includes Small Game, General Game and Habitat, Furbearer, and Fishing licenses)
  • Note: Residents may use licenses from the previous fall or for the current year.

Nonresidents must possess the following licenses:

  • Nonresident Statewide Spring Light Goose License
    • This is a separate, special license for the spring season.
    • Spring season days do not count against the fall nonresident time restriction.

Tundra Swan

Residents must possess the following licenses:

  • Harvest Information Program registration
  • Fishing, Hunting, and Furbearer Certificate
  • Small Game License (Not required of residents under age 16) and General Game and Habitat License
    or
    Combination License (includes Small Game, General Game and Habitat, Furbearer, and Fishing licenses)
  • Federal migratory bird stamp (duck stamp) - required of all hunters 16 years of age and older.
  • Tundra Swan permit

Nonresidents must possess the following licenses:

  • Harvest Information Program registration
  • Nonresident Fishing, Hunting, Furbearer Certificate
  • General Game and Habitat License
  • Federal migratory bird stamp (duck stamp) - required of all hunters 16 years of age and older.
  • Nonresident waterfowl license - two types are available:
    • A statewide license, good for two 7-day periods or one 14-day period, or
    • A zone-restricted license that requires the nonresident to select hunting zones (see **Nonresident Waterfowl Hunting Zones below) according to the following restrictions:
      1. A nonresident must select Zone 1 or Zone 2 for one seven-day period and Zone 3 for the other seven-day period; or
      2. Zone 3 for the full 14 days or two seven-day periods; or
      3. Zones 1 and 3 concurrently for the same 7-day period or zones 2 and 3 concurrently for the same 7-day period. This option effectively reduces the license to seven days only, as the two 7-day periods are run at the same time.
  • Tundra Swan permit

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Other Migratory Game Birds

Note: See specific regulations for each species.

Species include: Doves, Snipe, Woodcock, Crows.

Residents must possess the following licenses:

  • Harvest Information Program registration (exception: not required to hunt crows)
  • Fishing, Hunting, and Furbearer Certificate
  • Small Game License (Not required of residents under age 16) and General Game and Habitat License
    or
    Combination License (includes Small Game, General Game and Habitat, Furbearer, and Fishing licenses)

Nonresidents must possess the following licenses:

  • Harvest Information Program registration (exception: not required to hunt crows)
  • Fishing, Hunting, Furbearer Certificate
  • General Game and Habitat License
  • Nonresident Small Game License (good for two 7-day periods or one 14-day period)

Sandhill crane

Residents must possess the following licenses:

  • Harvest Information Program registration
  • Fishing, Hunting, and Furbearer Certificate
  • Small Game License (Not required of residents under age 16) and General Game and Habitat License
    or
    Combination License (includes Small Game, General Game and Habitat, Furbearer, and Fishing licenses)
  • Sandhill Crane Permit

Nonresidents must possess the following licenses:

  • Harvest Information Program registration
  • Fishing, Hunting, Furbearer Certificate
  • General Game and Habitat License
  • Nonresident Small Game License (good for two 7-day periods or one 14-day period)
  • Sandhill Crane Permit

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Other

Note: See specific regulations for each species.

Species include: Prairie dog, Skunk, Porcupine, Rabbits, Ground squirrels.

Residents:

  • Residents do not need a license.

Nonresidents must possess the following licenses:

  • Nonresident Fishing, Hunting, and Furbearer Certificate
  • Nonresident nongame license or
  • nonresident furbearer and nongame license

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*Special Note:

A Nonresident May Not Hunt Game and Fish Department 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 12-18). 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, 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.