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2014 Small Game and Furbearer Regulations Set

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

North Dakota’s 2014 small game and furbearer regulations are set and most season structures are similar to last year.

One change for this year is that trappers using cable devices (snares) must now register with the State Game and Fish Department prior to trapping (online registration will be available on this website mid-October).

Prairie chicken and sage grouse seasons will remain closed due to low populations.

Only North Dakota residents are permitted to hunt waterfowl from Sept. 27 – Oct. 3. Nonresidents are allowed to hunt waterfowl in North Dakota beginning Oct. 4. Other waterfowl season details will be finalized in mid-August in the waterfowl amendment to the small game and furbearer proclamation.

In accordance with state law, nonresidents are not allowed to hunt on Game and Fish Department wildlife management areas or conservation PLOTS (Private Land Open To Sportsmen) areas from Oct. 11-17.

Hunters may notice an increase in license fees, which were established and set by the 2013 state legislature. The general game and habitat license is $20, the resident small game license – required for ages 16 and older – is $10, the resident furbearer license – required for ages 16 and older – is $15, and the resident combination license, which includes general game and habitat, small game, furbearer and fishing, is $50.

In addition, the nonresident small game license, and the nonresident zoned waterfowl license, increased to $100. The nonresident statewide waterfowl license is $150.

Hunters should refer to the North Dakota 2014-15 Small Game and Furbearer guides (available mid-August) for more details on small game and furbearer seasons. Waterfowl regulations will be available in early September.

 

 Species

Opens

Closes

Daily Limit

Poss Limit

Crows (fall)

 

Aug. 9

Oct. 26

No limit

No limit

Early Canada Goose

 

Aug. 15

Sept. 15 (Sept. 7 Missouri River Zone)

15

45

Mountain lion zone 1 early (zone quota 14)

 

Aug. 29

Nov. 23 (or when zone quota is reached)

Season limit of 1 per hunter

 

Mountain lion zone 1 late

(zone quota 7)

 

Nov. 24

March 31 (or when zone quota is reached)

Season limit of 1 per hunter

 

Mountain lion zone 2

 

Aug. 29

March 31

Season limit of 1 per hunter

 

Doves

 

Sept. 1

Nov. 9

15

45

Hungarian partridge

 

Sept. 13

Jan. 4

3

12

Sharp-tailed grouse

 

Sept. 13

Jan. 4

3

12

Ruffed grouse

 

Sept. 13

Jan. 4

3

12

Tree squirrels

Sept. 13

Jan. 4

4

12

 

Sandhill crane unit 1

 

Sept. 20

Nov. 16

3

9

Sandhill crane unit 2

 

Sept. 20

Nov. 16

2

6

Snipe

 

Sept. 20

Dec. 7

8

24

Woodcock

 

Sept. 27

Nov. 10

3

9

Tundra swan

 

Oct. 4

Jan. 4

Season limit of 1 per hunter

 

 

Pheasants

 

Oct. 11

Jan. 4

3

12

Weasel trapping

 

Oct. 25

March 15

 

 

Mink, Muskrat trapping

Oct. 25

April 30

 

 

 

Fisher trapping

 

Nov. 24

Nov. 30

Season limit of 1 per trapper