Last month we published an article documenting the fact that the North Dakota Game & Fish Department is issuing 650 more licenses for the 2018 Deer Gun Season than they did in 2017— for a total of 55,150. The application deadline is now fast approaching. Hunters hoping to hit the field with a license in hand this year must submit their application by this coming Wednesday, June 6th.
Youth hoping to hunt antlered mule deer in 3B1, 3B2, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E and 4F must also apply via lottery by Wednesday’s deadline. The eligibility for a youth deer license in these units can be found here.
Hunters should also be aware that paper applications are no longer available. All applications for regular deer gun, youth, and muzzleloader licenses must be made online or by calling the North Dakota Game & Fish Department at 800-406-6409.
Landowners who are applying for gratis licenses must apply online. According to the North Dakota Game & Fish Department:
“Gratis applications received on or before the regular deer gun lottery application deadline will qualify for an any-legal-deer license. As per state law, gratis applications received after the deadline will be processed based on licenses remaining after the lottery – generally only antlerless licenses remain.” (Emphasis Added)
As a reminder, the State of North Dakota does have a Hunter Education Requirement— which is explained as follows:
“Hunters born after December 31, 1961, must have passed a certified state or provincial hunter education course in order to purchase a North Dakota deer hunting license. Persons who hunt only on land they own or operate are exempt from this requirement. In addition, individuals who are 12 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.” (Emphasis Added)
If you have questions, you may visit the North Dakota Game & Fish website, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 701-328-6300. Good luck in the lottery and happy hunting to those fortunate enough to possess a license for the 2018 deer gun season!